Good Friends Good Service May 7, 2021

Sometimes circumstances arise that allow other  people to show their true colors, and I mean in a positive way.   The first group in mind are in the good friends category. 

Charlie  had to go out of town for a few days. He knew he was leaving me at a time I was not doing well with my symptoms of Parkinson’s.  So he arranged for a bit of supervision for his wife.  The people he asked  were delightful ladies about my own age, retired and probably a little bit bored.   Those he chose were friends I had not seen in quite a while. 

Not really thinking about having company, I had stacked up projects on the dining room table.  My doctor had changed my prescriptions, so I had my cookie tray sorting sheet, a half a dozen pill bottles and the new 5 times a day pill sorter.  Then there was  big box of art supplies.  I have now collected numerous paints and drawing pens, three sketchbooks, a package of cards and envelopes and book marks.  As soon as I get everything put in the box, I start digging through it for what I need for the next drawing.  I have pens all over the house, the majority have lost their lids and dried out.

Then there  are the clothes.  I dislike doing the laundry more than anything.  We quit folding underwear and socks years ago and now hang our  t shirts.  What do we do with the pants and shorts?  Mine get folded neatly (not by me)

 Then of course the shorts I want are  on the very bottom of the stack . I try  to pull them out the whole stacks falls to the floor.

I felt no guilt for only completing 1 of the 4 projects.  I had guests to entertain (even though they were supposed to be entertaining me)

I had to schedule the visits as they all called within a few minutes of each other. That was fine and all were on the best visiting behavior. One brought asparagus, another took me to dinner and yet another brought knitting and we sat  in the rocking chairs knitting  and sketching.  They all brought a spirit of  helping.

Today I had my first massage in at least 18 months.  What a good massage therapist can do for you when your body is a mess!

Charlie dropped me of picked me  up in our new to us 2017 Ford F-150.  With his foot on the pedal and his thumb  on the starter button, he expected the roar of the engine coming back to life  Nothing.  Nada.  Nope.  The FOB battery died. First Charlie called friend Dave to see if he could come fetch me and the $200 of groceries he had purchased while I was  getting the massage.   Charlie called the Ford garage.  It was after 6 pm, hopeless time to get into the garage.   A salesman happened to answer.  He gave instructions to pull the cup holder out of console of the pickup and we would see a little slot to put the fob in.  The truck would start. This sounded a bit far fetched.

I pull out the manual from the glove box while Charlie listened to the salesman instructions. When neither of the us could come up with the answer  the salesman said “I’ll be right there:”  He must have lead-footed it from the dealership because he truly was right there  Dave showed up, and loaded me and the groceries in the car, took me home, unloaded the groceries into our house and was gone.

The salesperson showed us the little slot in front of the cupholders that the key fob is dropped into.  Charlie followed his instructions, and he heard the  roar of the engine. He stopped at the hardware store on the way home and replaced the batteries in the fob.

The ladies could have all had things to do on a beautiful weekend.  They gave that up to visit and call me.  Good Friends.

I am pretty sure the young salesman from the FORD garage  doesn’t regularly go on service calls to help customers. He is the champion of the story by far. Good service.

And Dave can be my chaueffer any time.

Published by Carol Clupny, author The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman's Remarkable Journey with Parkinson's Disease

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, was published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage. Ab Here is more about me; I was living an active lifestyle riding horses, hiking, climbing and snow skiing when at age fifty I was diagnosed with Parkinsons. Retiring from my career as a speech-language pathologist I decided to “take to the road” to battle the disease. My first steps, walking out her door to the mailbox, lead to trekking over 1000 miles of pilgrimage trails on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A dusty bike discovered in the garage resulted in four rides on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinsons Team. These adventures inspired me to write a memoir The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease. I blogs about my everyday life as a middle-aged woman in the mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease. My honest, humorous, and casual narrative style brings the reader to an intimate understanding of my resilience and acceptance. My blog, sharing the name of my book ”The Ribbon of Road Ahead” can be found at After completing a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University I received certification in School Leadership and Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I provided speech pathology services and later became a program director completing 32 years in the wide geographic expanse of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association I received honors of the association and the presidential award for work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Il presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. I was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the state’s licensing and consumer protection agency. Since my diagnosis in 2008, I has become active in the Parkinson’s community as an advocate, an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and support group facilitator for Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. I was appointed the regional patient representative for the Parkinson's Foundation’s Women with PD TALK study. In September of 2019 the Michael J Fox Foundation selected me to participate in the Parkinson’s Policy Forum in Washington DC. As an attendee at the World Parkinson Congress in 2016 in Portand, Oregon, I presnted a poster session examining the decision making process for patients considering deep brain stimulation. At the 2019 WPC in Kyoto, Japan I presented a poster on vision concerns of women with PD and lead small group discussions. Myr book The Ribbon of Road Ahead has provided many speaking opportunities for Carol. In 2019 and early 2020 she visited 24 support groups in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California to share her thoughts on living well with the disease. In addition, she has presented talks for The Center on Aging in San Francisco, Parkinson's Place in Las Vegas, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation in Richland WA and virtually through their HOPE online program. In late 2020 I rejuvenated her voice and narrated her book. It became available as an audio book in 2021. As part of this project I read stories over the airwaves on RadioParkies Australia with DJ Madonna and in Great Britain with DJ Johnny Parky. She and her husband Charlie have two adult sons. They live on a small hobby farm in eastern Oregon. Contact Information: Carol Clupny PO BOX 128, Hermiston, OR 97838 (541) 720-4256

5 thoughts on “Good Friends Good Service May 7, 2021

  1. A great way to start my day ! Thanks for the delightful stories just when I needed them.

  2. Your journal was informing….. sounds like you have a great support team. Chuckle….that key fob part I’ll have to check it out…… no Ford here, but maybe location is universal? Happy Mother’s Day.

  3. Happy Mother’s Day, my friend. You and Charlie have a way of making the sweetest lemonade out of the sourest lemons. You attract the best people!

  4. Hey Carol, I finally got around to read your post. Your description of how beautifully stacked cloths and neatly sorted art utensils seem to have a life of their own made my day! I love your humor, it’s very special.

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