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1ST ANNUAL PARKINSON’S JOURNEY FUNNIEST PD STORY FIRST PLACE WINNER!!!

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:37pm

Changing Lightbulbs

When a person has PD, how many people does it take to change a light bulb? - To change the light bulb in my bedroom, you have to stand on the bed. My sister-in-law is too short; my mother is too old and unsteady. Sooo, that left me.

I used the ladder to climb on the bed. Luckily I have a 4-poster. With my sister in law holding on to my belt to steady me, and with frequent breaks, I proceeded to slowly unscrew the knob that was holding on the globe. I get light-headed when I look up and get very unsteady. So when my sister-in-law went to wash the globe, I am hanging on the post, looking down. I was able to screw in the bulbs, but the globe was another story. My left arm would shake so much holding the globe you could hear it rattle. My right shoulder was in pain and didn’t seem to have enough strength to hold it long enough to line it up with the screw. I kept trying to line it up with no luck. Enter my mother, who tried directing me to ‘Move it toward the window, now move it a little toward the dresser” I would have to stop because of the lack of strength and the pain in my arm and shoulder. I would bring my arm down and we would do it all over again. Since I had already put in the lightbulb, we decided we could wait for someone else to put on the globe. Now I had the problem of getting off the bed. I don’t think it was really freezing but I sort of got stuck and couldn’t move my left foot sideways enough to get my right foot on the ladder. With my family as my cheering section, shouting ‘come on’ you can do it’ I was eventually able to get my foot moving and get off the ladder with my family yelling ‘Yeah’. They left and I was finally able to get back to the PLM website. Later my nephew was able to put up the globe in less than a minute.

So, to answer my original question, it takes four people to change a light bulb. The PWP, someone to steady them, someone to direct, and someone to finish the job.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ‘CHERIE’ FOR HER SUBMISSION! CHERIE WON FIRST PLACE IN THE FIRST ANNUAL PJ FUNNIEST PD STORIES.
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