September 10, 2015: More and More, Its’ Less and Less

~by Louis Templeman

Parkinson’s Disease is gradual and it works to steal your energy. Lou however has tapped into an energy level that’s a sure bet for coping and finding joy in the day.

More and more it feels like less and less of me is left. Almost every day I take two naps. I wake up tired and I am rarely hungry. I try to do my morning readings – two short readings from two daily devotionals and then I read the liturgical and scripture readings from a Catholic magazine and a few pages from an inspirational book. Then I say my rosary. After that I may sweep a floor, pay a bill or feed the cats. Then it is time for my first nap. I sleep solidly for one or two hours.

After I get up I have a light lunch, and when able I ride my stationary bike, work outside in my flower garden or find some other pleasant distraction. I don’t always take my afternoon nap unless my wife is home. She always takes one and I usually join her. This on-going fatigue is such a bother. If it is a permanent condition I don’t know how I will adjust to it. I got on my bicycle after my morning nap and pedaled for 20 minutes. This, I suppose is one way to fight it. I should learn coping and strengthening skills from my monthly Parkinson’s support group and also, from my physical therapist. Hopefully, I will start physical therapy soon. I have heard that the outcome of this personal war is inevitable. I will lose. But, I will fight and win all the battles I possibly can.

My wife just left for pizza. Prior to leaving she said, “When I talked to Mama today she said to tell you that God is still in the miracle business. And she is praying for you.” This made me happy. I like it that people pray for me. I can’t say I have faith for such a miracle but I do believe that prayer is an energy that God can use for his purpose. In that regard all prayers are “thy kingdom come.” In my personal battles that will be my goal and my victory.

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Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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