It has been one month since my DBS surgery - time for an update. I am now "in charge" of my regulator. This means that my neuro showed me how to change the amount of voltage is sent to each side of my brain. This allows me to increase or decrease depending on my symptoms. I was encouraged to substitute the voltage for medications, thus reducing the medications gradually. How do I feel right now? I have cut my meds back from using the patch, plus 3 extended release Sinemet, plus 12 regular Sinemet each day to 9 or 10 regular Sinemet. The "on" time has increased, plus my energy is up, so I find myself being more productive. It can take up to six months for the brain and body to heal from this surgery, so I must be patient, but the prospects are certainly exciting! Please feel free to ask questions about the surgery itself if you wish and I will answer them as I can. Because my brain is still healing, I am being careful about spending a lot of time at my computer. Have a great day!