Brain Surgery For Parkinson’s Changed My Life, But Now My Symptoms Are Back
Postural instability is only one of the new realities. I also get stuck – I find it difficult to take a first step – fairly frequently. And when I do get going, I move my feet very quickly, galloping when I really wanted to move only a few feet. The first time I ran past my brother, I caught his unguarded expression, which said (loosely translated), “What more, dear Lord?” This is more of a concern than the drooling because, while both make me the life of the party, galloping also threatens my ability to walk.
I had my 10 years, and that was the deal, right? True, but that seems so hard to accept now. Despite all the wonderful work being done by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and others – the government allocated about $168 million for Parkinson’s studies in 2016, according to the foundation – what has improved in the past decade? As one desperately in need of a different answer, it pains me to report that there is little more that can be done now. Oh, certain people get better results from the drugs they take, but by and large the treatments are unchanged.