My World of Parkinsonian Delights

Some Minor Observations and Comments

Just a few minor thoughts, observations and comments today.

1.  There’s something in the RSS Feed about Parkinson’s disease in the middle column of my home page, about halfway down, about “MCI” or “minor cognitive impairment” — which seems to be a precursor to Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.  Earlier today, leaving the bedroom and heading for the shower, I saw a big, black bug for a fleeting second on the door jamb in the bedroom.  It quickly vanished as I looked at it directly.  Yesterday, something furry poked out between the couch and chair… both dogs were asleep at Gail’s feet, so it weren’t them.  Today, I gets an e-mail from a colleague asking me to call an 800-number to record something on a draft she sent, but she asked me to review the draft first.  I did and made comments and responded to her e-mail.  She wrote back that she hadn’t received the file yet.  I thought she was talking about the file I would create by calling the 800 number.  I FORGOT ABOUT THE DOCUMENT I HAD EDITED.  I apologized and sent it to her just now.

2.  My Mom went for about five days thinking I was mad at her.  She sent a card with a very nice note telling me not to give up and to hang in there and not be like my brother Bob who just gave up and let his condition take him over.  I took the note for what it was… but the more Muz thought about it (she thinks about stuff a lot), the more she thought I was mad at her.  So she called me yesterday and asked if I was done being mad at her yet.  I assured her the last time I was mad at her was when I was 12 and she wouldn’t let me buy a Suzy-Q at the store.  Mommies can be silly!

3.  As disappointed as I am that only 25 people have bothered to subscribe to my Podiobooks version of “No Doorway Wide Enough,” I’m getting close to being finished with it.  And I’m having fun recording my Podiobooks version of “Undercover Trucker” which I’ll submit as soon as I’m done with “Doorway.”  If you’re haven’t read “Doorway” or are scared to because you think it’s all gross and icky and sad, then you have no idea what you’re missing.  It’s a fun book, and who knows…. ya might learn sumthin’.

4.  Gotta stop drinking.  Altogether.  Immediately.  Didn’t realize I was rolling the dice.  But I have been.  I don’t drink a lot.  Two glasses of wine a night.  On a weekend, perhaps 3.  After “seeing” the bug this morning, I did a search about Klonopin and Alcohol.  Here’s what I found about my nightly 2mg of clonazepam.

Drinking alcohol while on Klonopin can increase the risk of some side effects caused by Klonopin. These side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, unusual behavior, memory problems, and co-ordination problems. The heart rate and breathing rate can slow down due to the combination of Klonopin and alcohol. This situation can cause you to pass out and have difficulty breathing. It may even lead to death. Your body and mind can be more sensitive to alcoholic effects when you take it along with Klonopin. When you take Klonopin with alcohol, you may not be able to drink your usual amounts of alcohol, as it is not safe for you. Therefore, if your temptation to drink more overcomes your fear of danger, it can lead you to a disastrous situation.

Uh huh.  And what about my nightly 5mg of Ambien?

Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. It can increase some of the side effects of Ambien, including drowsiness.

Oh kaaaayyyyyyy… about about my Zoloft and alcohol?

As per Pfizer, Zoloft did not increase cognitive or psychomotor effects with alcohol. However, it is strongly advised that alcohol is not recommended with the use of Zoloft.

Mmmm hmm.  Any problems with my Metoprolol (blood pressure)?

Metoprolol may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of metoprolol.

I see.  How about my Lisinopril (also for blood pressure)?

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of lisinopril.

All righty.  Any worries about my Stalevo and booze?

Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Stalevo; it may add to their effects.

Well, that just about covers it.  All my meds advise laying off the “big boy juice.”  Most say it could make side effects worse.  One says it could kill me. And since I don’t want to surprise my wife by waking up dead one of these mornings, I see what my choice has to be.

One glass of V-8 Fusion, please!  And put it in a dirty glass!

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