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My Parkinson's Journey

In which Terri shares a humorous look at her journey with Parkinson's disease and Dystonia:

For me, illness and health are not opposites but exist together. Everyone has something that is challenging to them. Mine just simply has a recognizable name. My life will take a different path because of this but that's okay. Everyone has changes in their lives that create their path.  I'm learning how to enjoy whatever path I'm on.

Safe and Sound

Terri Reinhart

There's something about a really good salesperson that's hard to resist, and I don't just mean the sales pitch. A really good salesperson knows how to charm people and how to keep them listening. It doesn't even matter that I know I'm being charmed. I know this is what they do to convince you to buy their product. I still find it fascinating.

The other day there was a knock at our front door. I was home alone - well, other than 2 adult dogs and 5 puppies - and figured it was probably someone wanting me to sign a petition. Being socially and politically conscientious, I opened the door a little. I couldn't open it too much because of the dogs. A young man greeted me nicely and said he was talking to neighbors and he thought we might be interested in trying out their product.

A salesman. Oh well. I'd listen, smile, and send him on his way. I'm good at it. The dogs help, too. Most salespeople won't risk staying at a house with chihuahuas, even if they are mixes.

Ten minutes later, I had to admit to myself, he was one of the good ones. He really knew what he was doing and he was already charming me. No problem. He needed more of my time to really explain their system. I told him if he needed to talk more, he would need to go around to our back yard and help me watch the puppies. At the word, "puppies", he brightened up even more than his usual charming salesperson self. Puppies can charm nearly anyone.

Twenty minutes later, Chris came home, so our salesman gave him a brief synopsis of his information.

Three hours later, we became the proud owners of a Smart Home security system with a Medical alert button, smoke alarms which call the Fire Dept, a panel which tells us when the doors are open, a motion detector, a gadget that detects glass breaking, and (as a bonus) two Google Minis. The Google Minis are certainly not necessities, but they tell jokes, sing Happy Birthday, tell us how hot it is outside, and play music - if I'm not particular about the selection. I don't know how to get it to play what I want. 

After days of thinking, "Oh god, what did we do?" and knowing this will stretch the monthly budget, we also realized the value of a medical alert button. When I researched the monthly cost of this service alone, I found we were getting a very good deal from our charming salesman. After having a bit of water go down the wrong pipe today and having spasms attempt to close my airway again, maybe this was a good purchase. 

Hey Google! Tell me a joke!