Ornaments featuring assistive devices like mug with double handles, wide barrel grip pen, and weighted spoon

Santa, All I Want For Christmas Is ...

Dear Santa,

Thank you for all the past holiday gifts you delivered to me such as the great toys, beautiful socks, ties, and handkerchiefs. I haven't written to you in many, many years! 

Now, I don’t know if you have heard that this year I have Parkinson’s disease (PD). On my Christmas list are things that I can really use to make my life easier.

You would be proud of me. I’ve been good all year, doing my therapy, taking my pills on time, exercising, following my doctor’s orders, and saying my prayers. I am thankful for my wife, who takes good care and watches out for me. You would be proud of both of us!

Stocking stuffers

What I want for Christmas are stocking stuffers such as a set of weighted utensils because I have a weak grip on the handles and food falls off my fork and spoon. I can cut better with the weighted knife also.

If you can, I also can use a lift stabilizing spoon that counteracts my shaky hands. Also, I would love to have a cup with two handles so I can drink my coffee and soup without spilling it.

Gifts to help with movement

My walking is getting a little more difficult due to freezing episodes. I am now walking stooped over. I humbly ask for a new walker. My friend has a tall, walking stabilizer that lets him walk erectly in a more normalized walking posture.

When I am getting out of bed, I sometimes need help moving and turning. So, if it is not too much trouble for you and the elves, can you please surprise me with either silk or satin sheets and/or pajamas that will help me slide out of bed?

Getting out of my car either as a driver or passenger is so difficult for me. If it’s not too much trouble, can you put a handicapped car door handle under my Christmas tree? This fits into the car’s doorway and gives me ease and stability in getting in and out of the car safely.

Support for exercise

Santa, do you have a mini elliptical exerciser in your toyshop that will let me exercise my legs? You know, it looks like a bicycle pedal on a stand. I can sit on chair while I use it and watch the screen to measure the distance that I have pedaled.

While pedaling, I like to watch old videos. A subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or Prime Video to watch movies on demand would be appreciated too. You know how I love those old James Cagney movies!

Ideas for hobbies

When I go outside for a walk, I am afraid of getting a melanoma. People with Parkinson's have a predominance of melanoma, you know. So ... please, see if you have a sun hat that shields my face and ears so that they can be protected.

For fun, I love to sketch and paint. I find it relaxing. To keep calm and reduce my anxieties, I just started to do Zentangles. This is so relaxing and utilizes some of the mindfulness principles.

In addition, I am almost finished with my journaling book for 2021. I could sure use a new 2022 Journaling book and a wide barrel grip pen and pencil so I can write better.

Order gifts early

I know that this time of the year is a busy one for you. If this is a tall order to fill in such short notice, I understand. Maybe, can you please have one of your elves go online to a site like Amazon to search for them?

But don’t forget, please order early, due to anticipated merchandise shortages and projected delivery delays during the next few months, so I can receive my gifts on time for Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Thank you, Santa.

Marc M.

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