On the Road Again!

Yes,we are on the road again.  We are working our way to San Francisco to attend a wedding which will also be another 3M reunion.  I say working our way because we left home at 8:45 AM for a 10:50 flight to Houston for our connection to arrive in San Francisco around 5pm.  But the Houston flight was delayed and we would miss our connection. Sam, a very helpful United employee, was able to get us on a US Air flight to Philadelphia leaving at 3pm and connecting to a San Francisco flight arriving at 9pm.

So, with plenty of time to kill, we took a walk around the airport and on the way back to our gate I see that the Philadelphia flight was delayed and we would again miss our connection! So back to Sam at the United desk where they were able to get us on a 3:55pm US Air flight to Charlotte for a connection arriving in San Francisco at 8:30.
With more time to kill, we decided to get some lunch and on the way back to the gate we see the Charlotte flight is delayed 30 minutes! This meant,if we left at the new scheduled time, we will have 20 minutes to change terminals. A small challenge for me and Dr. Parkinson but all that walking we have been doing paid off and we are in the air, bouncing our way to San Francisco.

Once we get there,we will have a  new challenge,finding the little house we are renting in Bolinas, north of San Francisco,in the dark!

Well it is the next day and we are sitting in the little house we rented looking out at the ocean as you can see in the picture.  We finally arrived here around midnight and this morning we took a nice walk down to town for some breakfast and a walk on the beach.  Good times, good times.

After the wedding and 3M reunion we are going to Sonoma for a couple of days where we will meet up with son Ryan and his wife Sarah for some wine and beer tasting and probably some fine dining. More good times.

This week I finally completed the long promised list of blogs and bloggers I follow. Click on the tab at the top of the page and check it out. Next I hope to work on the post about exercise.  Last week the results of a longitudinal study were released showing the benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s patients.  Here is a portion of the press release:

SAN DIEGO – Regular exercise and increasing physical activity is associated with a slower decline in quality of life in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients, according to a study released today at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. This study evaluated 2,940 patients from 20 sites affiliated with the National Parkinson Foundation Quality Improvement Initiative. The cohort was assessed using the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39), and patients were measured at baseline, 1 year, and 2 year follow up appointments. Those who were classified as non-exercisers at baseline and began to exercise after their initial visit had significantly less worsening of PDQ-39 than non-exercisers. Ultimately, the study found that increasing physical activity greater than 2.5 hours of exercise per week is associated with a slower decline in total PDQ-39 scores.

Michael Okun, Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration states, “This study makes clear that everyone with Parkinson’s should be exercising. This longitudinal study of patients selected without exclusions shows that patients suffer from delaying starting their exercise program. It doesn’t seem to matter what they do, they benefit from just getting up and out and from moving.” Okun adds, “This study adds to mounting evidence that exercise is good and sooner is better than later.

I can certainly attest to the benefits of exercise and we are trying to average at least 5 hours a week so maybe I’ll get double the benefit! Hopefully that post won’t take as long as the blog list! In the meantime, check out some of the blogs on my list while you are waiting for my next post and don’t forget to sign up for Fox Trial Finder and the Fox Insight trial. Remember, they need control subjects too, not just Parkinson’s patients so sign up!

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
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