David Michael

First post: Jun 18, 2018 Latest post: Jun 21, 2018
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David was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008.  The progression of the disease has been slow, but in recent months it has picked up its pace.  David has had incredible home-based caregivers for the last several years (we are so grateful for Stacy, Farrah, Donna, Jacqui, Bre and Tierney!) , but recent events have necessitated a move to the Walker Care Suites in Edina, MN, not too far from home.  This has been a difficult move for David and his family, but one he is beginning to adjust to.  He would welcome your messages of encouragement, phone calls, letters and visits-7400 York Ave. South, Edina, MN 55435 .    

As most of you know, David had a full and vibrant life before his diagnosis.  He retired from a 30 year career as a banker and he and Kathy had many plans to travel and enjoy their golden years together traveling, playing a lot of golf, going to the movies every week and spending time with beloved family and friends.  Some of those dreams were able to be realized, but as the disease progressed, David lost the ability to walk for extended periods of time, his muscles began to freeze unpredictably and his dyskinesia prohibited him from feeling comfortable and relaxed in places outside of his armchair at home.  In recent months, David has begun to lose a lot of weight and his appetite is decreasing.  He is having trouble swallowing and experiences bouts of anxiety and confusion.  However, at times he is very lucid and his legendary sense of humor shines through.

David is now spending time doing the things that he can for enjoyment: watching the Twins, Blue Bloods and military history documentaries, eating ice cream, peanut butter crackers and drinking Diet Pepsi.  His spirits are lifted most of all by Kathy's presence, but he has also enjoyed spending time with Becky, Emily and his five grandchildren, Ryan (23), Aidan (17), Linnea (15), Vivian (11) and Lillian (2.5).  Little Lilly has been drawing her "Bumpa" pictures and testing out the remote controls on his chair and hospital bed.

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