Sometimes my tremors can have great side benefits! I love this photo taken from the Brooklyn Bridge at night! The colorful talll lights on the left are the Empire State Building(s). (The shaking resulted in a double image.)
Life with the Shakes
As my students, family, and friends know, I have tremors. They have progressed over the last 10-15 years and interfere with many of the things I do. Eating is an adventure – food falls off my spoon or fork on the way to my mouth, and the place where I ate is easily spotted by the mess left behind. Our ever-patient custodian, Carol, knows too well how the tremors can leave a trail when I carry a cup of coffee or tea through the hallway! Writing, typing, cutting have all become challenges. All of you, students, colleagues, and of course family have been very helpful to me. Erica found clickable whiteboard markers so my hand doesn’t have marker all over it after I put the cap back on!
Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery
Well, I’ve tried many treatments for the tremors, but none of them have worked for me, so this summer I am going to have surgery. (It’s called deep brain stimulation and I’ll tell you about it in a later post.) I’ll go to Stanford Medical Center in California for the surgery. They have a lot of experience with this surgery; my surgeon has completed over 900! Another benefit is that I’ll be close to my sister, brother, son, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and several cousins!
Name my Blog!
I plan to blog about my experience and am putting out a call for blog names. So far, my brother Dave has suggested “Shake Down” and Maureen, my daughter, proposed “Fixing the Shakes in Quake City”. If you have a good idea for the title, let me know by commenting below. When I get the blog started I’ll link to it from here.