The picture was taken 10 years ago yesterday - on our wedding day.
I didn’t put up the 1 month report yesterday because it was our 10th wedding anniversary.
To surprise my wife on our anniversary yesterday, I hired an (opera) singer and her keyboard accompanist to come over to our house. She sang. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel,) Unchained Melody (made famous by Todd Duncan of the Righteous Brothers) and Leonard Cohen’s, Hallelujah.
I was diagnosed with essential tremor in 2010. My ‘girl friend’ at the time doubted the essential tremor diagnosis. She was on the faculty as the Director of the Women’s Health Program in the Department of Nursing at the U of Minnesota and wanted my diagnosis reviewed by the head of neurology at the U of MN, so she put me on her health insurance policy and made an appointment with doctors at the U. In the interim, we got married. I was diagnosed with PD 6 weeks after our marriage.
Is that LUV or what?
One month after having the PTT procedure on the other side of my head, I am experiencing some improvements and some regressions. My biggest problem is gait initiation, followed by balance, followed by speech, followed by right hand tremor, followed by my walking.
Most often, I need to push off on something to get started and then I sometimes need to run to the nearest wall to catch myself because once I get moving, my balance does not take over. If I get up slow enough, I can walk without having to catch myself. My balance may be improving. My speech varies, sometimes causing me to slur my words, oft times being undetectable. My right hand tremor initially all but disappeared, but it back now. I am unable to drink or eat with it. When I walk, I shuffle my feet too much.
My right side feels relieved of stiffness and rigidity, meaning mostly my whole body is relieved. My right arm swings fully. My left arm swing has diminished.
I am not unhappy with my condition. I am completely confident each of these deficits will improve over the next couple months. I have not lost faith.