Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Goodbye Winter - Hello Spring
I hope it's safe to say Hello Spring - it is May! But, maybe I should rap on wood or something. Mother Nature could still make a liar out of me. It's a cool spring with temps in the 50's daytime and high 30's at night. Storms arriving tomorrow - joy! After this past long winter, even a cool Spring is welcomed. At least we haven't had the severe storms that so many have had - so far anyway.
Some good pieces of news for a change. Mr. D decided to join the Parkinson's water class at the CP Center. They wanted me to come with him the first session, in case he needed help! haha! It should be the other way around. Mr. D is like a fish in water. But I appeased them and went anyway. It was nice to see what types of things they were doing.
The 45 minutes consisted of water walking, stretching, different muscle exercises with the arms, using a 8 inch pool ball and sinking it (not easy), passing it from hand to hand behind the back. Peddling a pretend bicycle backwards - one leg at a time. They try to incorporate things that are not done normally to work on retraining the brain. It's difficult to explain in writing, but some of the arm things were actually difficult.
There are 3 Parkinson's patients in the class, with Mr. D being the 4th. All three were much more advanced than he is. This session will last for 5 more weeks, twice a week. Then it will be up to him if he wants to stay in that class or switch to a different one. We both feel that warm water is so therapeutic and we feel better for the day after getting out of the pool. We are blessed to have that option in our small city! This pool is the only one in Wisconsin operated by the CP Center.
Happy Mother's Day to all you ladies - fur babies count for they are like children to some of us. (Yes, I'm a crazy cat lady - and admit it).