The Dopamine Chronicles

An almost daily cartoon about Parkinson's

“Be prepared!”

The old boy scout motto. It came into play in two instances this week for me. Depression, fleeting darkening of the mental skies and a “flattening” of religious feelings or emotions. BOTH can be attributed to the lack of dopamine in the brain. Ever notice though that approaching storms look darker on the horizon? This storm got lifted when a job “materialized” in the studio (and when my VA neuro said I was doing “exceptionally” well). Now as to the flattening of religious notions or feelings, my Calvinist dentist friend says “feelings don’t got nothing to do with, just show up to work!’” I remember an old saying “Don’t forget in the dark what you learned in the light!” Now for those of you that are not religious, COOL, no worries! Just crank up “Imagine” by Lennon and groove on! For those of you that ARE religious, the sun is still shining above the clouds.


Written by martyworld

March 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

New logo!

just farting around with this, may go through several variations…


Written by martyworld

February 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

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Better living through electricity…

Or maybe NOT! There ARE some side effects or outcomes with DBS that spook you a little bit, bad placement of leads, the leads MOVE even after you get them in place, not to mention its an hours long surgery and you’re wide awake! The what if it just doesn’t WORK? Well in any case my neuro guy here says I’m not a candidate (YET)… But if I do get it, wouldn’t it be nice to have a zipper or flip top skull? That way if the electrodes need to be reset you can just unzip and get in there…

The second thought is could you buy the materials from Radio Shack and do it yourself? (NA, my wife doesn’t even want me fixing my PLUMBING by myself, it’s not just Parkinson’s, I was no good at it when I was younger!)


Written by martyworld

February 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

“Semper Fiber”

Jawing with a corpsman buddy who has Parkinson’s just starting up. Mentioned to him the problem of constipation. Things just move real SLOOOOOOOWLY through the Gastrointestinal canal! He said he tells all his Marine buddies “Semper Fiber!”

So I picked up some Fiber One bars! And guess what THEY REALLY DO TASTE GOOD!


Written by martyworld

February 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Posted in Parkinson's


How to winterize your Parkinson’s patient- lessons I learned from my youth. A lot of cars up in Minnesnowta where I grew up would have long antennas with fluorescent colored tennis balls attached to the top. The snowplows and drifts would bury your car but you could find it by the ball. So why not attach a BLINKING antenna ball to your Parky friend? You could tell it was him by his would be the only one “shaking”.

Next: find authentic Russian army or Red Chinese winter war gear to wear. We may have been ahead technology wise, but they had us beat on cold weather gear! (besides their stuff was so much cooler!)

*Personal note, my butt never got cold so I think I would thaw out a hole in any snow drift, but with Parkinson’s my thermostat is out of whack…


Written by martyworld

January 28, 2014 at 7:58 am

Posted in Parkinson's

I was a Parkinson’s Code Zombie!

Sometimes having PD insomnia pays off when you’re wrestling with website code… was up until 1 am. I finally prevailed!


Written by martyworld

January 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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Victory is in sight!

Got through the “fire down below” issues. Going to give serious thought to adding Miralax to the treatment regimen. Pushing through steel girders just isn’t going to cut it! On the sinuses, apparently OVERUSE of Melatonin can cause sinusitis! So I go back to good old Benadryl for sleepytime…


Written by martyworld

January 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Posted in Parkinson's


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