March 2024

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March 2024

Leap Year, Making a More Parkinson’s-Patient Friendly Universe

Leap year is an idea tailor-made for those of us in the slow lane. Just add an extra day to the month! Hey presto, a whole 24 hours to tackle those things that strain your to-do list and drain your energy reserves.  For we people with PD, this includes tasks like crossing a room when you’re off, or having a bowl of soup. And for those troubled with constipation, a common symptom in Parkinson’s, no worries, we have an extra 24 hours to complete the task at hand, or er, at behind.

This is the sort of innovative thinking we need more of. Why confine the huge benefit of this extra time to one day a month every four years? We should be adding hours, days, weeks, months, and hell, why not, YEARS to the calendar.

If we can tamper with such a potent force as time, what other forces of nature can we better adapt to our Parkinsonian world?

 One of the first candidates I would suggest for modification is gravity. If we could just dial gravity down a few notches, we with Parkinson’s Disease would have a lot less to fear from falls. When was the last time you heard of someone breaking a hip on the Moon? That’s the magic of reduced gravity at work! Who knows, with less gravity wouldn’t we be likely to fall less in the first place? And getting back to your feet has to be much easier in a lower gravity scenario.  

Why didn’t we think of this before?

Here’s a law that you may not have considered amendable, the law of the survival of the fittest. I’ve got nothing against the fit surviving. Go ahead. Knock yourselves out! But that the unfit should be condemned to extinction is way harsh, and blatant discrimination of an arbitrary kind.

 Just because we don’t have the sharpest teeth, the longest claws, the best camouflage, or the speediest gait doesn’t mean that we don’t deserve to survive along with the honey badger, Norway rat, and the great white shark. Can’t we all get along?

And if ever there were a natural law that needs amending it’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics. That law says the state of entropy, the degree of disorder or uncertainty in an isolated system, will always increase over time. This means that everything we put together falls apart. 

Well, those of us with PD have plenty of difficulty putting things together in the first place. I ask you, is it fair we have to contend with a law that makes outlaws of those struggling to keep things together? A law that dictates that we must see our hard-won handiwork disintegrate? I think not! Entropy is Tyranny! It must be deposed! We’ll get around to it, as soon as we have a little extra time. 

by Peter Dunlap-Shohl
NW Parkinson’s Blogger

“It is the work of the creative to be a prosthetic imagination for the distracted and the dull”
– Maxwell Hubert Maxwell, playwright, butterfly collector, amateur surgeon and snob.