Welcome Summer!

This has been a hectic, fast paced and exciting spring. So much has been going on that this is the first chance I’ve had to take some time and catch you up on what’s been happening. As long as you don’t count the times I started and dozed off in front of the screen leaving a trail of dddddddddd or some other letter across the page. πŸ™‚

When last we met, it was the middle of April and we had just completed our World Parkinson’s Day cycling class in the lobby of the YMCA. One of the pluses of living in Florida is everyone likes to come visit in the winter and spring before it gets too hot and humid. Another is, we like to play tennis in the winter and spring and fall (and summer!) so we kept busy for much of April playing tennis and enjoying our friends and family who visited during the month.

In May we traveled to West Virginia University to attend our granddaughter Breanna’s graduation from medical school. It was an outstanding event as her parents presented her with her hood during the ceremony.

We returned home and caught up on our tennis and cycling then in early June we traveled to Little Rock , Arkansas to attend Breanna’s wedding to fiancee Will. In between her graduation and the wedding, they had been to Italy for two weeks, purchased a home in NC where she will be a resident for the next 5 years, moved most of their belongings to the new location and found a chocolate lab puppy who will join them in a about two weeks. (Our first great grand dog!) And I thought we were busy!!

And now it’s almost the end of June and we are gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family at the beach followed by a trip to Bald Head Island in North Carolina and then a trip out to Seattle to visit family.

In between visiting, traveling and exercising I have spent many more weeks trying to determine the correct amount of Rytary and carbidopa/levodopa to take and I think I have finally hit on a combination that is working most of the time. I am taking two Rytary when I get up and then two carbidopa/levodopa 3 times a day in between with each dose accompanied by 1/2 tablet of 1 mg pramipexole and if I’m still off for whatever reason, I take an extra carbidopa/levodopa as needed. In talking with other PwP’s it seems that we all have a routine that works most of the time, and none of us want to add another med if we don’t have too so we do what we can to ‘make it work’.

Next month will be the 6th anniversary of my diagnosis and I am as active if not more active than I was before I was diagnosed. When I go back and read some of my early posts I am certainly more active now than I was during the first year or so after diagnosis and I continue to believe that exercise helps me fight PD and slow the progression. In the past six years there have been several new medications approved along with new DBS equipment and the dopamine pump which supplies a steady amount of dopamine. And if you read the Science of Parkinson’s monthly summary (click on tab above) you will see that there continues to be a lot of interesting and promising research happening around the world. So I hope I can continue to slow my progression and benefit from some of the research results that get approved in the next 6 years!

β€œIt does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius


  1. Wonderful as always, Tom, to read your blog! You two really have had a busy spring and start to summer! And we are so looking forward to your visit in July.

    • We are the energizer bunnies! Thank you for your support. Getting pretty warm for tennis, but we keep at it. See you in a few weeks.

  2. Donald H Lamarre

    tom……interesting and informative. you write so well! anxious for your visit. tennis and the beach await you both…….don

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