on Thursday, July 28, 2005

I've officially bought my airline ticket to the States. I'm leaving Wednesday August 24th and will be in the States until my dad's time comes. Has anyone flown Aerlingus before? What was your impression?

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My Dad.....

on Tuesday, July 19, 2005

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Colon Cancer

My dad had some tests done yesterday, confirming that he does have colon cancer. At this point in time the doctor is giving him 4-8 months to live. Could be more, could be less, especially due to the fact of his advanced stages of Parkinson's. At the moment he's not in any pain, which is a good thing. Don't know how long that will last though. So I will be heading to the States at the end of August. Since the majority of shops close for August in Italy, and everyone is on vacation, makes finding a flight out at a reasonable price impossible. Once I get back will have to find a job/car etc., since I'm going to be there awhile.

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Al Qaeda in Europe

on Thursday, July 07, 2005

The "Secret Organization Group Al Qaeda Organization in Europe" are claiming responsibility for the bombings in London earlier today that has taken the lives of at least 33 people and injured several people. The groups statement has not been authenticated at this time. In addition, in their statement, they warned Denmark and Italy, that if they did not withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and Iraq they would receive the same punishment. What is this world coming to?!?! What kind of enjoyment do this ravages get taking innocent lives?

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Explosions in London

This morning at least six simultaneous explosions in London's public transportation system, including the subway and double decker buses. The death toll at this time is unknown, and several people injured. I wouldn't doubt if this is an act of terrorism, a day after the announcement London will be the host of the 2012 Olympics and the first day of the G8 summit in Scotland. My heart goes out to those that are injured and to the families who have lost loved ones. I hope whoever is responsible is found and receives the most severe punishment.

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Making friends in Italy

on Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Making friends in Italy isn't like in the United States. Italians tend to be suspicious of people they do not know, especially if they are a foreigner. They have their "clicks", and tend not to move outside their social circle unless they have to. In the three years I've been here, I have one friend, not including my husband's friends. My friend has told me the same, that it is difficult to make friends. Some people have the attitude of "I don't know you, so you mean nothing to me."

In many, if not all, aspects of life here, whether it be social, business etc., it is all about who you know. Especially if you need to get things done. Connections and how you look are very important. I remember the first time I had to visit the neurologist, I had to dress up.

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Parkinson's Disease

on Monday, July 04, 2005

My dad has been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for over ten years. Now his health is starting to go downhill, fast. Just found out on Friday that he may have some internal bleeding, and the doctor also suspects colon cancer.

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra die or become impaired. Normally, these cells produce a vital chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine allows smooth, coordinated function of the body's muscles and movement. When approximately 80% of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson disease appear. Sometimes, the patient may suffer from dementia, hallucinations, become agitated more easily.

Signs of Parkinson's:

  • Tremors
  • Slowness of movement
  • Difficulty of balance
  • Depression
  • Shuffling walk
  • Muffled speach
  • Rigidity
It's a disease that is hard to see a loved one suffer from, except cancer or Alzheimers of course. For me it is difficult because it is a long, drug out (no pun intended) disorder. A person can suffer from Parkinson's disease for years. My father lost his sense of dignity, loss of independence. He went from a strong, healthy man who loved being outside, to being bedridden, unable to do anything for himself. He is fed through a feeding tube, has cataracts so he is unable to see, wears adult diapers since he is unable to control his bladder or bowels. He is bedridden, spending his days in bed, or for a few hours a day sitting in his wheelchair.

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