Out of Control

Out Of ControlParkinson’s Disease agonist medications (Requip and Mirapex) have been shown to cause compulsive behavior for some users. Some users have been shown to be prone to gambling addiction, sex addiction, shopping addiction, food addiction, and gaming addiction may occur. Compulsion may even entice users to go beyond legal limits to feed their desire or lose sense of time.

If you find yourself facing any kind of compulsive behavior that may be taking you away from friends and family, or is disrupting your life, tell your neurologist and someone close to you about breaking the cycle. Communication is so vital to your well-being. Carrying secrets only fuels the tension and stress on the mind and body. Letting go and making a change (with your neurologist’s help) might just be the right move forward.

Winter Can Be Cruel

Cold WinterAs a child, I used to love winter. I would sled and ski and didn’t give the bitter cold a second thought. Now, I am less oblivious and less tolerant of the cold. My body functions and just moves more freely in warmer climates. Cold seems to cause greater constriction of the joints and even the muscles.

Winter doesn’t just bring on change of the physical body but with light changes and shorter days, the changes may impact your mood. Keep a close eye on your daily attitude and if you experience thoughts or feelings that you need to express (sadness, possible depression, or anger) consider getting help and stay on top of it, before it manifests into something you can’t control.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Another Thanksgiving comes this year, time to share all that I treasure to be near and dear ,
There is so much that I cherish–family, friends, and more. I am thankful from my head to my core!
Beloved Shadow has left usGiving Thanks!-a companion to be forever missed,
A cat like none other–fickle and funny–you get the gist.
Book two has been written and released, we hope our readers are informed and pleased.
It is my hope that this finds you with a positive attitude and well,  on this day of gorging and gratitude.
Life is good for me and I hope for you. I hope this day is special, whatever you might do!

Something to consider for National Caregivers’ Month!

PD Tulip!

PD Tulip!

It’s National Caregivers’ Month–in honor, I am recycling one of my oldie but goodies! I hope it helps! This is a gentle reminder to all the selfless caregivers (I prefer the term carepartner), carepartners, doctors, nurses, orderlies, therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, and anyone who comes in contact with people touched by a neurological illness. Remember these 5 important points before you react, speak, take offense, lose your temper, or give up:

Everyone has a history and a story. The person who you are dealing with now has had and may still have a very full life that you only see a portion. Give them the credit and respect that they are due.

-The current state of the patient that you are seeing doesn’t need more stress, tension, or conflict in their lives, working together you both can make life better for the patient– and not worse.

-Give your loved one or patient flexibility and deal with them creatively and with an open mind. If they aren’t responding to medications, offer music therapy, complementary therapies, or seek a personal solution which motivates the patient. There is a need for gentleness and understanding.
-The person with whom you are interacting may have done some important things in their life: raised a family, changed many lives, and been far more active than they are now. Their current condition is not by choice. Show compassion, patience, caring, and generosity. Remaining centered, patient, and mindful is good for both patient and carepartner.

-A mutual respect and understanding is crucial for needs to be met and for the caregiver/carepartner to be appreciated.
-Someday, in the not so distant future, you or someone who you care deeply for, could be facing health challenges.

11 Wishes for Doctors’ Offices!

Dream

Welcome to my wishlist of what could be, in a future world. Come dream with me:

11. I wish doctors had the same epiphany as Jerry Maguire: Fewer clients/patients and more personalized care.

10. I wish that every doctor in the practice sat in the lobby for a minimum of 2 hours to experience the uncomfortable furniture, the noise of the waiting room, and the need for a more soothing environment.

9. I wish that doctors would call their own switchboards to hear how difficult it is to try and navigate the bevy of options to choose from, wait in the cue for 25 minutes, and then get dropped, forcing you to either give up or start all over again.

8. I wish doctors evaluated the whole experience from phone call to waiting room to appointment from the patients’ viewpoint and took that into consideration.

7. I wish it weren’t so impossible to reach a doctor, when needed.

6. I wish doctors and staff listened better than they do.

5. I wish doctors’’ offices were more warm, inviting, bright, and welcoming.

4. I wish there were a separate waiting room for anyone with a contagion.

3. I wish doctors at least provided coffee or water to patients.

2. I wish doctors actually called their patients to check on them.

1. I wish telemedicine becomes an option for everyone, so that we can save time, money, stress, gas, gridlock, and frustration!

Our Second Book, Dealing & Healing… is Now Available and Shipping!

Newest Book!

Newest Book!

Today is the official launch of our second book!

RobbWorks (publishers of A Soft Voice in A Noisy World) unveils our 2nd book! Now available from Amazon, our new workbook is shipping and should be available from wherever you buy your books. The front and back of the book can be seen on Amazon.com!

Our second book, Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit is an exciting tool that provides new exercises to help enhance the mind, body, spirit connection. This workbook combines elements from the first book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World to create over 100 exercises to help open the mind, ease the body, and enhance the spirit. When the three components improve, are combined, and work together, we may regain and achieve balance.

The workbook is arranged in an easy to follow format that allows for quick access to information and corresponding tools to make you think, ponder, and unveil possible improvements to your condition. The workbook is designed both for individuals as well as facilitators and support group members. Specially designated areas are specifically labeled to help support and communication groups of all-kinds to generate deep and meaningful discussions.

Many thanks to all our friends who told us and inspired Angela and I to write this workbook! We were told over and over how our first book went beyond Parkinson’s disease and applied to other health conditions and life in general. We are excited and proud of this book! We think you will find this to be a tool to use over and over as you need it.

Anticipation is Palatable!

The new proof of our second book arrives in the next few hours and I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve awaiting Santa’s arrival!

Dealing and Healing with Parkinson's Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit

Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit

If the proof checks out and it looks as good as I think it will, book number two, Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Angela and Karl Robb, should be available for shipping on November 1st, 2016!

Dealing & Healing is a workbook for everybody and anybody dealing with a challenge in their life! Physical, emotional, spiritual–something in this book will resonate with you! Filled with over 100 eye-opening, expansive, and easy to follow exercises, devised for both individual use as well as support groups of all-kinds. This book picks up where our first book, A Soft Voice In A Noisy World: A Guide To Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease, leaves off! This fresh new workbook offers some new tools to your ever growing toolkit. Get ready, get excited, and get Dealing and Healing!

Dealing and Healing is available now for pre-ordering on Amazon.com and will be available wherever you like to buy your books, on November 1st! Stay tuned for the release and upcoming book signings across the country–if you would like to host a book signing, lecture, or meet and greet, please contact us at asoftvoice@robbworks.com.

Interview: Brian Huskey, Comedian and One of the Stars from the new TBS Show, People Of Earth!

Brian Huskey

The very funny Brian Huskey!

Today I am overjoyed to ask some questions of one of the funniest and most entertaining people on television. Brian Huskey may not be a name that you recognize immediately, but you’ve seen him in numerous movies, television programs, and commercials. Brian has been a staple on Comedy Central and Funny Or Die. He’s been making us laugh for years. Now, Brian has a new series coming out that I am looking forward to seeing. I have seen ads for the show and they are funny.

Beginning this Halloween on TBS, Brian stars with a collection of former Daily Show comedians and other cast members that you’ll recognize on People of Earth, a comedy about a support group for people who encountered alien abduction.

Brian, thank you for speaking with me. We both come from North Carolina. North Carolina has been in the press a great deal, lately. North Carolina has had an impact on many great comics and entertainers, like Andy Griffith, Lewis Black, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, and you, just to name a few.

 

Did growing up in North Carolina mold your comedy?
Absolutely. I think wherever you grow up has an influence on your art, sorry had to get real and deep right out of the gate. But I would say that for some it could be something to react against, but I love NC, and something about that place and the people made me feel able to look at things from the outside, as many folks do with comedy- deconstruct things, question things, satirize etc. But at the same time I had a real feeling of home and safety, and love for all the beautiful quirks of the south.
How did you get to where you are to be on a major new series? Did you do the stand-up circuit or do you prefer improvisation?
I have only tried stand up once or twice, and very half assedly when I did try it. It’s all been improv for me. That was my acting school, and my comedy education. Truly, finding the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater was the most important shift in my life. It is what help set me off on what had been a life long dream, but one that I deferred until I was 28.

And to answer how I got where I am to get on a series, I worked really hard for many, many years and had many disappointments. But over time, my reputation led to more work, and then people became more familiar with me, which I think makes the decision making process easier bc you are a known quantity. Dare I say I became more Starbucks and less Local Coffee Place You Don’t Know So Why Risk It? I know in that analogy I am sort of the evil corporate entity, but remember I am not the consumer in the analogy, the networks are. Networks aren’t known for shopping local so much.
Do you prefer stand up or improve? Where does your comedy come from?
Improv. I prefer to work with other people. I do love doing solo bits, but I don’t think I am disciplined enough to do stand up- working the same joke over and over until it’s perfect, building a set from those jokes. That works perfectly for some people. I’m sure it’s a personality type thing, but I like the discovery of improv- it’s a different kind of comedy high. It’s like a jazz sampler you would find near the checkout of the Starbucks analogy mentioned before.
I saw you play a doctor on Marketing to Doctors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). I laughed so hard that it hurt. Was your performance scripted or improvised? (Brian is the actor playing the doctor at the end of the clip.)
Thank you! Happy to cause pain with my comedy. That was all scripted, But a lot of the script was just action line descriptions of my action, so I messed around there.
Will your new show, People of Earth be scripted or improvised?
It is scripted, but we would always do a take or two where we came up with new lines. I think that is essential in comedy, bc sometimes the writing continues once it’s up on it’s feet. What you thought was a killer scene or bit and then when you do it, it might need that extra tweak or even a different take on the joke. But it always has to be in service of the scene. I think some scripted shows are too rigid about the script, but I also think they trust the actor’s to “write”. One of our directors told me he knew I could write from my improv. That made me happy.

Have you worked with many of these actors and comedians, before?
Da’Vine Randolph, who plays Ivonne, were on ABC’s Selfie last year. Nancy Lenehan, who plays Margaret, used to be on a ABC series called Worst Week and I guested and got to do my scenes with her. I did a kid’s play reading improv show with Oscar Nuñez once.

Do comics hangout with other comics?
Yup. So much so that we refer to noncomics as “civilians”. We are a weird people.
How do you determine what is funny?
I have no idea. Behavior is funny, or it can be.
Were you the original “Sonic guy”?
No, I Pete Grosz and TJ Jagodowski were the original guys. Then they wanted a heterosexual married couple scenario bc some of their fine customers were asking why they had two gay guys selling their burgers? Because apparently in Arkansas where the company started, two guys can’t sit in a non truck car together and not have it look gay.
I would say that you are the “every man” comic. You look mild-mannered but when you speak and act out, the results are hilarious and surprising. Is that accurate? Do you like to shock and surprise?
Oh yes, I do like to shock and surprise. Less so as I have gotten older, but still I love being the package I am, which is very straight, and then having some dark or insane thing come from me is a nice combo. I have a TV special coming out Dec. 2nd on Adult Swim called Mr. Neighbor’s House, and it is just that- very off but in a straight package. It’s a kid’s show that plays in a damaged mind.

Many thanks to Brian and best of luck to him on his new show and upcoming TV special!

 

I hope everyone enjoyed this interview.

Fall Beauty!

Virginia Fall!

This is a beautiful time of the year. Take advantage of it before winter weather gets here. Get out and enjoy it!

The Mystery Goes On!

coolcomicIt has been several months since I experienced the strangest of days–a day without Parkinson’s symptoms, after living with it for over 30 years. What occurred was inexplicable, lasted 24 hours, and ended the next morning.

Try as I might, I search to duplicate the event and all that went with it. Right now, I have no conclusion–a few theories, but no answers. I will continue to analyze and deconstruct that day in hope to manufacture more of them.

What an amazing event to experience and now to ponder, just how to re-create. I don’t know how common it is for someone with over 30 years of Parkinson’s disease symptoms to experience a symptom-free day, but I am going to guess that it is probably a rare happening. This unlikely event just reinforces my deep belief that we can all uncover new pathways to our brain using both eastern and western medicine. Don’t stop looking for what might benefit you!

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