After I put my headset on, and sat down to compose (er, uh, dictate) a blog for you, I went into a sneezing fit. This was not just any sneezing fit.
This was a sneezing fit beyond any proportion I had ever experienced.
Each train of thought was derailed.
The Dragon Naturally Speaking software thought that I was dictating a series of random articles and prepositions. It kept trying to make sense of them, but they were sneezes, not words.
I wanted to write something about yoga and something else about the rehabilitative effects of dancing.
But then I would sneeze. And sneeze again, and again.
When I thought that the sneezing was over, I would open a new blank document.
I also wanted to talk to you about tweaking my master rehabilitation plan.
A hundred or so words in, and it would start all over again.
After the first 30 minutes, I could hardly breathe out of my nose and I felt like my brain had been shaken inside my skull.
I couldn’t really remember what it was I had sat down to share with you.
Perhaps the universe would prefer that I be a bit further along in the tweaking of the plan process before sharing it with you. For now, I am in the thinking about it stage. And I have been thinking about it a lot lately.
I’m considering some outside of the box ideas to help make walking without assistance more safe.
I want to learn ballroom dancing. You know, like the tango. The first time the occupational therapist was here, she mentioned in passing that she and her husband were taking dancing lessons. The third time she was here, we talked about it a little bit more.
I had forgotten about meeting a gentleman several years ago who rehabilitated his spastic gait using dance. His name is Thomas Clouse and he has one of the spinocerebellar ataxia disorders. It is also a helpful method for Parkinson’s, although when the music stops, so does the smooth flowing movement.
My brain had misplaced that information also, but as I was listening to my occupational therapist talk about her dance class, all of that information came flooding back.
So I looked up Dr. Clouse online and sent him an e-mail.
I will be sure and tell you more about all of that as soon as my allergies allow for it.
- Take Two and Tango (journeythroughthecortex.blogspot.com)
- ‘It helps to take your mind off the Parkinson’s’: Seniors use tango as therapy (globalnews.ca)
- Dance away the pain: Parkinson’s patients improve mobility through exercise (nbcnews.com)