The report from a fortune teller or e-astrology website below, reveals some truths about me.
It so happens that my Parkinson’s Disease is deteriorating rapidly, with much frequent falls due to increasing instability, to the tune of one or more per day. Hence my well-being becomes an easy to understand statistic. I.e. one of these days I’m going to get hurt, either to the magnitude of becoming hospitalized from a broken hip bone, or worse to hurt my head so much or strongly, that I may become a vegetable or at the worst case scénario, to depart from this vain world of #pandemic or #covid19.
Let’s get to the point …
The first vow or resolution which I made for 2022, involved the desire to support in any way possible, a non-profit.org for fund raising and other involvements having to do with Parkinson’s Disease. In case that it would combine one of my favorite hobby, ie. #ClassicCarEvents, such would be quite rewarding to me🙏
It all started by browsing on the #Vimeo application, when I discovered the AlexDavidies of DF Media episodes #conversationsforacause. Inspired by these videos I made a Showcase with several of Alex’s videos; it is there that I discovered the www.drivetowardacure.org web.
On the second subject,my story about the Barcode business, it’s a personal account of my 25+ years into this exciting field and the famiglia which was built there of, both in the domestic as well as the Italian and International fields.
First a quick review (from a personal standpoint) of the odd Year 2021.
Το γυρνάω στα Ελληνικά (όπου έντονα και υπογραμμισμένα είναι τα κύρια συμπτώματα μου), [foreign readers can use the translation feature]. Οι κοντινοί μου φίλοι και οικογένεια γνωρίζουν ότι έχω διαγνωστεί εδώ και περίπου 4 χρόνια με την Νόσο του Πάρκινσον [Parkinsons Disease] Η δίκη μου περίπτωση δεν παρουσιάζει Τρόμο (=τρέμουλο) αλλά σχεδόν όλες τις άλλες παθήσεις όπως περιγράφονται στην ιστοσελίδα της Ανάπλασης.
Η Νόσος Parkinson είναι μια χρόνια εκφυλιστική νόσος του Κεντρικού μας Νευρολογικού Συστήματος-ΚΝΣ. Κάθε χρόνο 1 στα 500 άτομα είναι ασθενείς με Νόσο Parkinson. H νόσος επηρεάζει πιο πολύ άνδρες από γυναίκες και η συμπτωματολογία της ξεκινά συνήθως σε ηλικία μεγαλύτερη των 50 ετών.
Η νόσος χαρακτηρίζεται από την απώλεια των ντοπαμινεργικών νευρώνων της μέλαινας ουσίας του εγκεφάλου. Αυτό έχει ως αποτέλεσμα την μείωση της ντοπαμίνης στον εγκέφαλο, ενός νευροδιαβιβαστή που σχετίζεται με τη ρύθμιση της κίνησης του σώματος.
It has been a ‘peculiar’ summer to say the least. I was lucky enough to have moved to our Kéa Island home since the 10th March ‘21 until the first days of September i.e.for a full 6 months period, with only two weekly interims for getting the Moderna Vaccination 💉 touching bases with my Neurologist, plus one more for participating to the #Sisoe Classics & Supercars Drive in early June. A most befitting clip would be the immortal performance of Summertime by Janis Joplin:
On the other, dark side of the summertime comes this:
This summer has been a thriller for me, minly due to the deterioration of my Parkinson’s Disease 🦠 situation.
A short 6-month account of our life experiences in Kea of 2021
1. March 2021
We arrived on March 10th via F/B Macedon. But allow me to retract a bit. Five days earlier I was fortunate to be referred by my high school buddy Yanis Zirinis, to a Zimbabwean lady, Ms. Sabina Mutnhima, with the intention of hiring her as my companion, assistant, caregiver, maid and cook to say the least. The interview was successful and all of a sudden Sabina entered my life. After settling in I started to teach her all about the house details, encouraging her to keep a scrapbook. I often compare the house as a sailing ⛵️ boat with all its complexities BUT without having to worry about dragging anchors 🤩…
On that month I experienced my first nasty fall. As the weather conditions were ‘wintery’ we had the central heating system on. One early morning around 06:30 🕡 I woke up feeling a bit chilly. Apparently the boiler furnace had stopped during the night. Hence I ventured outside using the back door, leading via a steep and narrow stairway to the boiler room. A managed to restart the furnace but on my ascent back, at he end of the hand railing, all of a sudden I lost my balance and summersaulted on the ground on the side of the stairway, sliding down uncontrollably among the various thorns of springtime…
Sabina could not hear me, nor did I have my iPHONE 📱 or my iWatch 🤬. Aside from the fact that I wasn’t seriously hurt, I couldn’t extract myself from he awkward position I was in. After a lot of effort I finally managed to get up. Just realized that one of my slippers had fallen aside into the rich vegetation of Spring. I just left it there and limped back inside the house and eventually dropped exhausted into my bed…
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers.
That April in #Kea was a bit cruel. We had rain 🌧, cool temperatures, and lots of chores to take care of. One of these being the recommissioning of the pool. Due to the #Covid19Lockdown imposed from November 2020 up to February 2021, we could not visit our property since we left last September. At that time I was forced to leave 1/3 of the pool water 💧 with the intention to empty it at a later month into the cistern. Hence the water left untreated for six months, was murky, full of debris and algae…A task which I couldn’t undertake by myself even with Sabina’s assistance. Enter Batsi [a local Albanian worker I have been using for several years].
So from here on, we commence the story of Part III.
After several telephone calls with my chief mechanic Nikos, to ensure that the car would be ready, being already in Kea island at our summer home, I asked my pal Spilios to accompany me in the early ferry to Lavrion and then via taxi to Athens to pick up the R121, on the Thursday of 8th August 2019. We would drive the car back to Lavrion in time to catch the afternoon ferry back to Kea. Well as all good plans get a little sidetracked, upon our early morning arrival [ca. 08:30] at the shop, there were as anticipated a number of details to take care of before declaring the car fit for the road, especially with her planned venture to many islands, I had to be extra careful in my scrutinizing process, among them to ensure the safety of the car and that the new accessory of the vacuum operated Wolf horn was working properly. Time became our enemy that hot Agust morning in Athens, but we managed to push off in the early afternoon. 112