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The Barry Manilow Interview (Page 3 of 3)
I have seen you perform live
and I was thinking about this because
you bring so much to the stage; you have
so much energy. I was wondering if you
are worried about that happening in the
middle of the performance.
I think if it did happen, I could get
through the performance. It does not
stop me from living my life. Most of the
time, the medication does its job and
pulls it all back together again. But
sometimes even that does not work. I
have not had any episodes while I have
been on stage.
Gary Barg: That is
great. Do they tell you to
restrict exercise or do different
No. Many people ask what I do; there are
no rules—everybody is different. For
some people, there is caffeine and in
other people, it is too much exercise.
It just goes—everybody has got a
different reason— do not eat this kind
of thing, do not drink that kind of
thing. For me, no one has ever told me
not to do this or that. I just
take the medication and go on with my
life. If I had not gone to the
doctor, I do not know if I could have
easily gone on with my life.
I think that is the key. It
sounds like when you feel that irregular
rhythm that mostly just comes out of the
blue, do not ignore it; get medical
Not just that one time. You have got to
form a relationship with your doctor
because just going to your doctor once
is not the answer. Because if you have
got it, it is not going away; there is
no cure for this. You have got to call
him when you feel it is coming on and
know that he is on the other end of the
phone when you need him.
Gary Barg: We call it a
A partnership. That is a good one; form
a partnership with your doctor.
What would you think is the one most
important piece of advice you would like
to share with family caregivers about
You have got to take this one
seriously. It comes on very innocently.
I can understand why people would say
other people have worse problems than I
do. I do not think that is a good way to
deal with this. If anybody is reading
this interview and it sounds familiar to
them, you have got to take it seriously
because, like I said, you are playing
with fire. If you say that my family has
got more problems, well, if you do not
take care of this, you are going to be a
big problem in your family.