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(Like so many pieces of laundry, morning thoughts aren’t usually organized.)

JUNE 1 – 8, 2019

Living with Parkinson’s

Phyllis and Sam Turner ©2019


APDA: American Parkinson Disease Association
BBC: Bisbee Breakfast Club
CH: Cynthia Holmes, Ph.D. Neurology
CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure mask (for Sleep Apnea).
DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation (much improved since Michael J. Fox!)
HEH: Happily Ever After!
HS: Harvey Stanbrough Pro-writer and mentor(
IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (often associated with PD)
MJFF: Michael J. Fox Foundation
PSG: Parkinson’s Support Group(s)
PD: Parkinson’s Disease
PMD: PARKINSON & Movement Disorder Alliance
PJ: Phyllis – my wife: SWOMBO (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) A contributor and #1 editor.
PT: Personal trainer Tresha,  including daily in-home exercise assignments for PD
TC: Tai Chi Chuan for balance and body health once a week
TCF: The Compassionate Friends (For parents who have experienced the death of a child or sibling.)
WIP: Work in Progress (32º North)  I write every chance I get.  Writing is my vacation!
YISKA: Navajo for Darkness has passed.  (also the name of Sara’s Navajo Sheepdog who barks in Navajo!)


0516: We get letters:  Thanks for your responses.

I like your poem! And more soon… Love, MargaretAnn

Ana Felix

Happy Birthday, Phyllis !!!
It’s Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit day tomorrow!!! {Today, when I received it. June 01.}

On our way to a beautiful autumn!!  {It’s not officially Summer, yet!}
What a life you and Phyllis lead, with all its ups and downs. It’s wonderful to read your commentary. Thank you
Leonard Hill

Thanks, Len.  Are you in Paris or Darmstadt, now? {He’s in Darmstadt.}

Swombo and Virginia had a long visit over lunch at the BBC. Among other subjects, we discussed the history of silver overlay in the style of the Hopi and why the absence of turquoise in the design. When we finished lunch, we stopped by our house for her to look through the three-book set of Jerry and Margot Slocum’s history. Virginia was particularly interested in Jerry’s work on the Heads Up Display for the Corvette since Larry drives one. 

Virginia and I taught art in separate middle schools for years. She was in Utterback; I was in Pistor and Townsend. We were two teachers who enjoyed the experience. In fact, the nine months of teaching for me was my vacation. Summer vacation was spent taking more classes and working on additional units toward a doctorate.

Instead of completing, I found myself sitting on the deck of the Carnival cruise ship with my major professor, Dr. Paul Allen, smoking a cigar as we sailed the Western Caribbean (with our spouses, of course!). No. The ladies didn’t smoke cigars.

06.02.19: Excellent church service this morning! A guest speaker did the honors.  J. J. Warren is in his senior year at Sarah Lawrence College. He spent a year studying at Oxford. J.J. is one dynamic speaker! I’m sorry I didn’t video him.  You can find him on Google as he spoke to the General Conference.  He received a standing ovation.

The other day, I got this shot of Gailian practicing for the Roller Derby (in a few years).

They leave tomorrow for their new home in Oregon City.


Using The Bench for the first time. Corinna and Brett Brower. Gailian.Phyllis. Helena. Sam. Tosh, the Dog

Our long-time neighbors: Going, Going, Gone!

We wish them Blessings as they begin their new life adventure.

06.04.19: 0600: Swombo and I watched Quail and babies wandering around in our back yard. (no pictures this time) Only five babies. Sunday, there were twelve! We got so caught up in their activities that we were 15-minutes late for our PD meeting.  Cognitive Changes in Parkinson’s Disease  and  Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension in Parkinson’s Disease. We got home about 1545.  I will take Swombo out to Ba-Dar for Chinese food. We watched part of Story Songs on PBS and went to bed.

06.05.19:0530: In an hour, I’ll wake Swombo for our PT with Tresha.

After PT, we spent most of the day at home.

1530: I went to Wild Birds Unlimited and bought a new “umbrella” cover for a feeder. From there, I went to Robinson’s Archery and shot 37 arrows, @20 yards.

06.06.2019: 75 YEARS SINCE “D” DAY. 1100: Just back from PT for SWOMBO.  (for her back, now) She’s resting. I spent three hours doing research on World War II history of the Marshall Islands, particularly Eniwetok Atoll. We watched the BBC “D” Day documentary on YouTube.  It was more detailed than “The Longest Day”  or “Band of Brothers,” and probably more accurate. However, I liked Band of Brothers.


Crescent moon. If it’s bright on the right, it gets bigger tonight!

 06.07.2019: 0500: Slept for six hours without interruption. We will use the club recumbents this morning. We both have schedules for the rest of the day.

The best-laid plans:

0900: Drop clothing off at Salvation Army.

0919: Oh, look! Peach milk shakes!

“You wait in the car (with the A/C running). I’ll get one with two straws.”

“But, we can’t go inside the club with the shake.”

“No problem.  Instead of working for twenty minutes, we’ll work for ten.  It won’t thaw that much in ten minutes.”

“I hope Tresha isn’t there.”

“We’ll just tell her we have an energy drink waiting in the car.”


“When was the last time you had a peach milkshake?”


“So there. I’ll cover it with my hat.  Now let’s go ride the recumbents.”

We held onto the bar and swung the legs ten times, each.  Swombo did ten sit/stands. I bounced the 10-lb. ball five times. (Couldn’t find the 8lb. one.) We did the recumbents for 9 minutes. Rushed to the car.  The shake was still cold.

“Next stop is Walgreen’s.”

“You can sip it, Sam, while I go inside.”

I listened to A-1 on NPR while I waited. The shake is now down half-way.  The peach bits have settled to the bottom of the cup.

“Next to Sprouts for milk and peaches!”

“I’ll park the car while you shop.”

I walked in the store to help her and met her at the check-out.

“They are out of peaches! I just got the milk. They gave me a rain-check, though.  It’s good for any time @ $.49 a pound.”

“OK. Next is Ace for the bird seeds. You finish the shake while I get the seeds.”

I also bought a can of Teak Wood Oil for THE BENCH.

1100: Home. Finished the last of the cheese egg no puff. (No puff is another story.) Adjusted Swombo’s side of the bed for sleeping.  1130: Taking a nap.  Swombo is asleep!

1430: I’m up and writing.

06.08.19: 0500: writing – 0900: Desert Sports (No peach milkshake!) Did the regular routine + I found the 8lb. ball and bounced it ten times.  Recumbent for ten minutes. Out by 0945. Took the Buick for a shower/bath.  It drives smoother, now.

The A/C in my office is on the fritz. Got voice mail from the company.

Thanks again for all of your responses.  Eventually, you’ll be able to write them in Maytag Moments. (Don’t hold your breath.)

Blessings to all of you.  Tucson hits 99º today…maybe?

PS:  VIRGINIA: an ex-student of yours moved in across the street!

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