Milton Berle once said, "laughter is an instant vacation". Most of the time, we think of a vacation as a time to have fun, laugh, good accommodations, peaceful, stress-free, good food, entertainment, family time and much more. It is a time that we can rejuvenate our minds and bodies. Often times, when we finish our vacation, we are ready to take on "the world". We feel that we can accomplish new dreams and aspirations.
My world now, includes dementia with Lewy bodies (LBD). The roller coaster ride often times is the highest and lowest that is imaginable. Often, there are wide emotional fluctuations during the course of one day. Mental fatigue varies throughout the day and day to day. Stamina fluctuates throughout the day and day to day. It is unpredictable.
Presently, I am waiting to go to Mayo Rochester for evaluation for health issues that seem potentially more problematic than just having LBD. The appointment is June 2nd. This seems like a long-time off; but, there are very few specialists in the United States, of the type that I need to see.
In order to not become stressed too much, I decided that I needed to develop strategies and a "game plan" for being prepared to go and concisely present to them all that was taking place. I needed to maximize my time for both of us. I decided that it would be in my best interest if I did this without letting it stress me. Enter the plan, use my iPhone to dictate symptoms that occur each day, provide a snapshot of my lifetime medical problems, compile the past five years of medical history summary and other things.
I decided that laughter would be my best ally. In my office at home, I have a framed painting done by my mother, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine". She gave this to me when I finished pharmacy school. This painting over my desk is a constant reminder that I must stay positive, enjoy life and help others. So, throughout my wait, I will follow this path. I hope everyone has a great day.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.