Panic attack—-does Parkinson’s cause memory loss?

Here I am sitting in a Home Depot parking lot trying to figure out where I placed my lost wallet………

It began as a normal day, as I work on my honey-do list. I was getting ready to handle some challenging jobs at the house. To put it in perspective, I’m not very handy. However,  I have a lot of fun and help the economy by utilizing local handymen.

After exploring the store, I gather up my necessary items to begin the project.    I go through the self checkout line and discover my wallet has vanished into thin air. I apologize to the clerk supervising the area and take a hike to the car to start looking everywhere for my wallet. Move the seats up.  Move the seats down.  Look under the seats.  I am trying to handle the stress and continue my search. I got quite a few steps on my pedometer t after going up and down all the aisles looking for my small brown walle. I begin to visualize someone  using my credit cards to head to St. Barts ( an island in Caribbean.)

After putting all the parts back on the car(glove box, floor mats, secret compartments), I leave my information with every store clerk, hoping that someone will turn it in.  My lovely wife will be happy (I hope) since I have found a few items missing for years in many hiding places in the in the car.

As I finish scavenging through the car, I gathered up a small handful of coins. I decided  I would walk over to Starbucks and realize I don’t have enough money to buy a cup of coffee! Okay, around the corner  is McDonald’s,  I get a senior cup of coffee at a major discount and feeling a lot better.

Whats for lunch???

Well I think about the memory issue I mentioned at the beginning of the post.  I realize that I remembered how to get home and all the pertinent information. Of course I had to Google the subject and discovered the two diseases are not really related. Feeling confident again, I jump in the rush hour traffic for the 17- mile trip home, and don’t even have to use the GPS.  Why was I 17- miles from home?  I’ll let you know when I remember. (Ha)

Thank goodness for a strong marriage, as my wife took the bad news of my trip pretty well. Yes, darling,I know I have to get a new drivers license and call the credit cards companies and banks. Well, so far it has not been a very pretty day, as I get set to deal with the issue at hand. I had been home about 20 minutes and the doorbell rings. (just what I wanted. Whew!)

As usual, no one is in a big hurry as the bell usually means UPS or Fed Ex. The bell continues to ring, and I head to the front door and noticed the pickup truck and middle-aged man in work clothes, waiting patiently.

In broken-English he introduces himself and holds my wallet up. He opens it and takes my driver’s license out to make sure he has the right person. He slowly tells how he saw the wallet fall out of my car, as I was walking into Home Depot.  He said he looked all over the store for me to no avail. He stated, that he did not want to leave the wallet at the store as he wanted to make sure that I got it back. He hands me the wallet and said he looked at my driver’s license and did not touch any of the currency or anything else in it.

We visited for quite a while, and I’ve properly thanked him.   He teared up and told me how glad he was to help.  We gave him a nice reward and a hug mixed with a few more tears.

This kind man has a small landscaping company and takes care of some lawns in our area.   I immediately told him he was our new landscape man, and that i would be glad to help him get other clients in the area.  I’ll follow through to help grow his business!!!

A final hug from my newfound friend ,and he slowly gets in his older pick-up full of work tools and heads off for a special holiday weekend.

I had just met my Angel

A nerve-racking day turned out to be one of the most memorable days I have ever had. And yes, there are still a lot of good people out there willing to help out to make life easier for their fellow-man


Cognitive Impairment | American Parkinson Disease Assoc. › … › Symptoms of Parkinson’s

these cognitive processes are often linked to alertness. Sleepiness and sedating medications can impair attention and working memory function




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  1. This brought tears to my eyes! Every challenge we face has an ending like this! We find our angels when we open our hearts to do so!!


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