Fluffy and Fatboy

Six or seven years ago when my husband was no longer able to drive, we began looking for a part time caregiver. That is when we found Reggie. My husband looks forward to Reggie Days. Reggie helps with hygiene and meds but more importantly Reggie loads my husband into our van and off they go. They supervised the building of the new Baylor stadium, they go eat cheeseburgers, they go to football games, they meet friends for lunch, they ride around. Reggie sometimes takes him to dr appointments, haircuts, pedicures, therapy appointments, dentist appointments, whatever. I have Reggie listed along with our children and myself as people who can consult with his doctors about my husband’s medical condition. Reggie calls my husband “Fatboy” and my husband calls Reggie “Fluffy.” Reggie is a CNA, and we did not find him through any agency. This friendship, arrangement has worked wonderfully for us. We have found a way for my husband to enjoy his independence and dignity plus to remain active in the community. Treatment or dealing with PD is a team effort. My husband’s doctors and therapists know Reggie. My husband’s team consists of a Movement Disorder Specialist, physical therapist, speech therapist, our family, our friends, and Reggie.

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  • angela.robb moderator
    10 months ago

    Thanks Jeanita for sharing your family’s story! It’s so inspiring to hear about a team supporting those living with Parkinson’s. Finding great team members makes living with a chronic condition a little easier. Your story is inspiring! 🙂

    Thank you.
    Angela

    Angela
    PD Carepartner and ParkinsonsDisease.net Community Team member

  • KellyW moderator
    10 months ago

    What a wonderful and uplifting story jeanita! Made me smile 🙂 Thanks for posting! Regards, Kelly, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team Member

  • chris.hall moderator
    11 months ago

    This is such a great story, @jeanita! What an awesome bond that Reggie and your husband have formed. It sounds like he is a tremendous help to you and your family. I love the fact that they can joke and find humor with each other. Thanks so much for sharing this! – Chris, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team Member

  • jeanita author
    11 months ago

    Reggie is part of our family and part of Randy’s team and support network. We are extremely fortunate to have friends that continue to include Randy. He has a group of friends from high school, college, business, etc have a standing once a month lunch date called Lunch with Randy. One of his college roommates picks him up and another friend. The three goes by the group “hear no , see no evil, and speak no evil.” The driver wears a hearing aid, the other friend is legally blind, and my husband sometimes has difficulty speaking.

    Humor is the key to not letting PD define us/

    Have a good day and thank you for your comments.

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