Dont sweat the small stuff

I am 5 days into a transition of medications. I am changing from one antidepresent that I have used for many years to a new mediucation which may help me with some of the neuropathy in my feet. The transition has been going well.

Not that this is a bad thing, but today I felt some emotion. I mean real emotion in that I got angry. A strange but familiiar feeling, we all know. Yet I have been medicated against feeling it I guess.

It was a dumb thing, I got angry because Charlie said he didnt know something on the computer that I was sure he did.

My short burst of anger totally exhausted me. For three seconds of anger, it took me twice as long to get ready for a bike ride. I could not walk out to the bike. I shuffle stepped my way out the door. I could not pick up my feet walking across the lawn and the gravel drive and had to be careful not to fall.

How stupid. Its better to take a couple of deep breaths or leave the room. It certainly wasnt worth the energy to get upset.

I got on the bike. I rode. And after a few minutes of being back in the saddle, life returned to normal.

Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

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