Why Zen?

Why Zen and living with Parkinson’s?  I added the subtitle as I hope to also chronicle the effects of practicing the principles of Buddhism as I deal with the progress of PD.  In particular I think it will be interesting to see how meditation impacts the stress of  my day to day dealings with the vagaries of Parkinson’s.  I have used meditative techniques for stress and general well being for many years.  Those that know me well probably recognize my motto in the title of this blog…It Is What It Is. I am a ‘glass is half full’ kind of…

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Medication and other news

This week I started on the full dose (for now) of my medication. Since most of the symptoms of Parkinson’s are caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain, many of the medications are designed to either temporarily replenish the dopamine or mimic the actions of dopamine.  The drug cardidopa/levadopa is the drug used to replenish the dopamine and there are several dopamine agonists used to mimic the actions of dopamine.  Dopamine agonists are often the first medication prescribed and I am taking one called Mirapex (Pramipexole). As time goes on, the dose will be increased and caridopa/levadopa will…

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