Playlists of our lives.

If you had to make a playlist of your life, what would be on it?

That intriguing sub-title comes from a video that Jean and I watched a couple of weeks ago.

But first I want to return to the matter of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) that was written about in a post dated the 24th February Personal Journeys. I wrote, in part,

Sue, and everyone else, we returned from seeing Dr. Lee, the neurologist, a little under two hours ago. Dr. Lee’s prognosis is that Jean is showing the very early signs of Parkinson’s disease, and Jean is comfortable with me mentioning this.

Everyone’s love and affection has meant more than you can imagine. I will write more about this next week once we have given the situation a few ‘coatings of thought’.

Jean sends her love to you all!

In recent weeks Jean has been experiencing increasing feelings of apathy, lack of motivation, lack of energy, all of which she summed up as a feeling of isolation. Plus the tremor in her hand has been slowly worsening.

Last week we decided that rather than waiting until August for the next planned appointment with Dr. Eric Lee, the neurologist, we should appraise Dr. Lee of the decline in Jean’s overall mood. That has now been done and Dr. Lee’s response is that Jean should start a trial course of the drug Sinamet® that a quick web search (see link on trade name) explains is:

SINEMET® (carbidopa-levodopa) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and syndrome.

As before, Jean is happy for me to share this with you.

So back to the theme of playlists of our lives.

The Australian Broadcast Commission, ABC, have a YouTube channel ABCTVCatalyst that is full of great science programmes. As that website explains:

At Catalyst we know that science is a dynamic force for change. Each week Catalyst brings you stories from Australia and around the world. Our passion to meet scientists at the forefront of discovery is matched by our fascination with science breakthroughs however big or small. Science changes all our lives. For better or worse, we are committed to showing you what our future holds.

That is how Jean and I came across the following incredibly interesting talk about the role of music in our past lives assisting those with fading cognitive skills, as in my case, and including those with PD. It is just twenty-nine minutes long and something we should all watch, irrespective of our present age.

Published on Mar 8, 2016
If you had to make a playlist of your life, what would be on it? And if, toward the end of your life, your mind and memories were fading away, would this soundtrack help bring them back?

My final observation is that as a direct result of watching this programme I blew the dust off my iPod that I hadn’t used in many months. It was remarkable that despite me struggling at times to recall something I did just a few hours ago, I can hum along with tunes that are on my iPod that go back ten or twenty years.

The playlists of our lives!

13 thoughts on “Playlists of our lives.

  1. It is fascinating that we can remember entire songs from decades ago. Those synaptic endings seem eternal, where what i ate yesterday is lost in a sea of “Errumm…”

    I hope the medication lifts Jean. Physical annoyances aside, feeling ‘down’ is not a fun state of mind.


  2. The concept of a playlist is intriguing. I always thought I would put several memorable pieces together that I would love played at my funeral. But now I can see that as I get older they can serve in other meaningful ways while I am still alive


  3. Music is powerful and healing … So glad you dug out the old iPod Paul. I still use mine and create playlists for my yoga classes.
    I hope the meds work well for Jean and her spirits lift. Thinking of you both 💕
    Val x


  4. Omg, well. I cannot even begin to list my ‘tunes!’ What a journey, so far!
    As for Jean, I’m sorry to hear. And I don’t mean to tread on any toes, but there is some very heavy planetary stuff going on these days – stuff we haven’t seen since the 1600’s. If Jean is sensitive, she may well be feeling these:
    Anyhow, peace and Aloha to you both and all!


  5. How wonderful is music- therapy for terrible diseases and stimulus for the brain. Let the music begin and may
    Sinemet enable Jean to feel much better. Good karma is being sent her way.


    1. We will know before the end of the coming week if the Sinamet is making a difference. I’m sure that Jean will continue to share her results with you all. Thank you for the karma. 🙂


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