In LAST night’s episode, Gail and I are living somewhere near Milwaukee . I had a part time job at a radio station in West Bend . And my brother-in-law Jim was over to visit. Gail needed the car for something, so I convinced Jim to give me a ride to the radio station. While I’m showing him around this crappy little radio station, Jim engages in a little horseplay and accidentally judo chops me on the nose, breaking it. There’s a big dent in the bridge of my nose and my eyes are swelling shut. Jim tells me not to be such a big baby about it, and he leaves. I grab my cell phone and call Gail. SHE tells me not to be such a big baby about it and hangs up.
So, I sign on the station — 15 minutes late, it would seem, and this makes the General Manager VERY angry. We get into an argument. I quit. I march outside and call Jim asking him to pick me up. He says he doesn’t know West Bend all that well, but if I can make my way to the East Troy Community College, he can pick me up there. East Troy is 60 miles from West Bend. “How in the hell am I supposed to get to West Bend?” I ask. He tells me that’s up to me.
So I call Gail again and tell her what’s happened. She tells me to start walking and to stop being such a big baby about it. And she hangs up.
“Screw it,” I decide while lying on a park bench outside of a gas station in West Bend. “I’ll walk, all right. I’ll walk HOME!” It would take a couple days, I figured, but THAT would show ‘em!
Besides, Milwaukee is only 33 miles from West Bend…
I start walking… and then I woke up. Still kinda mad. But I got over it.
Another more troubling condition seen in about 40% of PD patients in the decades prior to motor symptoms is R.E.M. Sleep Behavior disorder. RBD is characterized by vivid dreaming, nightmares, talking or shouting in the sleep and acting out dreams. Affected patients will sometimes strike or choke their bed partners. Sleepwalking, waking twisted in the bed clothes and falling out of bed are common. However alarming RBD may be from the outside, patients often have no recollection of these events. Fortunately, medications such as the FDA -indicated drug clonazepam are helpful in most cases.