My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 45, a relatively young age compared to the average.
This is a degenerative condition which is as yet incurable, nor is the cause known.
It affects my Dad in a number of ways, he gets shakes in his left hand when stressed or cold, his fine motor skills aren’t as good as they were, his balances is sometimes shaky , and it has had a mental impact in the form of anxiety.
Many people suffer in a far worse way, my Dad is on medication which seems to have the desired effect in improving his motor skills, they are however still far worse than should be expected for a man of his age.
Lots of people are registered to donate organs after they die such as heart and lungs etc. What a lot of people don’t realise is that you can also donate your brain, this is taken for research. Even if you don’t have parkinson’s or a history of parkinson’s in your family they need your brain and associated tissues for research into the cause of Parkinson’s. The “Brain Bank” is at Imperial College London and managed by the Parkinson’s disease society.
This scheme doesn’t stop you donating other organs , and nor does it disfigure your corpse so open casket viewings are still possible.
There maybe other neurological foundations looking for brain donation and if they are more important to you for personal reasons I urge you to look into them.
If not please please follow this link and find out more, maybe even sign up. It could make a massive difference, Parkinson’s is a truly hideous thing and the more you can do to help the better.
At the end of the day you’re dead, what use is it to you? Why not leave something useful to the world ? A legacy if you like.
When it was washing I went to the library to do some of my tutorial sheets, which wasn’t the most successful thing I’ve ever done in my life tbh. And then I was looking at climbing photos on tumblr and didn’t realise the dryer had been finished for about 5 minutes, I had to put it on for a second spin because it’s not dry yet which means dinner will be even later!!!
Olivia and I are now dating, “Shall we just date” *kissing* “sound like a good plan?” “wonderful” essentially how the discussion went.
I had a nightmare last night for the first time in ages, I tried to wake Olivia up to kick this random foreign woman off of me because she had a death grip on my balls, but I didn’t have a voice then I woke up and could see someone in the room , woke Olivia up and the person vanished when I blinked
I made my new girlfriend breakfast in bed this morning.
A lady came into one of my thermo dynamics lectures the other day asking us to get involved with this project to encourage school kids into engineering and think how it can help us meet challenges posed by the environment etc.
Before she left Dr Packwood got her to tell us the three things to remember about thermo dynamics:
You can never ever win with thermodynamics, you can only loose or draw
You can only draw at absolute zero
You can never reach absolute zero
This is essentially a very abstract version of the three laws of thermo dynamics which is part of why it was funny.
Lows have been the massive amounts of work that I’m stuggling with, the fact I know nearly no one on my course, the fact my student loan hadn’t come through, nearly falling asleep in every lecture.
Highs have been kissing OB every day, the other night I walked her home from our flat (she lives next door , it was an exscuse) she went in , I spoke to one of her flat mates through the window, she came back out dragged me round the corner and said she wanted to kiss me again so she did.
As you can read he was 70 , reached the summit text his wife saying how happy he was at achieving it. There’s a lot to be said for dieing in this way, he’d been doing something he loved, he’d just achieved something and his wife’s last memory of him will be happy.
I want to die in a way similar to this, to die sane and happy is all you can ask for really.
I had lectures at 9am , I was so tired, It was unreal.
I had 3 solid hours of lectures, which were just dull because they were so simple. Just the stuff I did at GCSE/ALevel. Then at lunch I flew around like a mad woman’s piss sorting text books (I couldn’t get the one I wanted from the library), then I had to buy some books. One was a glorified notebook £5 WTAF , the other was reasonably priced for what it is so fair cop. Then I went to pay my rent and she gave me an extension until the 15th due to a lack of student loan. Then tried to find out about sports membership, you don’t get as much for £95 as I expected so I’ll probably save money by paying £200 , but still that’s £200 to find in one go.
Then I had a lecture with a Spanish bint. She emailed us in the week with a document for introduction and so I printed it , read most of it and brought it with me. All she did was read the useless bits of it in an annoying spanish voice and it was so hot in that room.
I went to tescos that was good fed myself for this week with £10 , I might just have to buy some milk in the week.
Made a lush dinner and froze some
Went to the sport’s park for a kayaking taster when I got there turns out it was yesterday because I mis read the email, so I walked all that way for nothing. But Doug lives near there so I got my clothes back off him that he borrowed.
Also today I’ve been talking to Olivia for most of it so that’s been really nice and I think we’ve been getting on quite well , which sort of makes up for all the FMLing :D