Friday, May 31, 2013

People Who Inspire Me!


Why Do I Succeed?
I succeed because I am willing to do the things you are not.
I will fight against the odds. I will sacrifice.
I am not shackled by fear, insecurity, or doubt.
I feel these emotions, drink them in and swallow them away to the place where my light overshadows them.
I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride.
Pride consumes the weak; it kills there heart from within.
If I fall, I will get up.
If I am beaten, I will return.
I will never stop getting better. I will never give up...ever.

That is why I succeed.
Mick Beaman

My good friend, Mick Beaman, is a very inspiring man. Diagnosed in his 30's with Parkinson's Disease, and now 44, there is not a day go by that I talk to him that he doesn't lift me up. He is a very talented musician, photographer. He is dedicated to his family, and he is a great advocate for Parkinson's Disease.
I am grateful to have him for my friend and hope that many get to meet him as well. Thanks Mick for the influence you are in my life!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DBS Programming-Video #3

This third example demonstrates my ability to move with the help of the stimulator. And I am still without meds.
After this she had me take my meds, which I did. I laid down on the bed to rest, and eventually started to see the right side of my body do some things that were not good, my right big toe was twitching, my speech was being challenged, and it has really hard to be comfortable in that condition.
This was a good sign. The meds and stimulation was  having a conflict. Both could not operate that strong together. So Dr. Mahant lowered the stimulation and then identified a plan to start reducing the meds so that eventually they could start turning up the stimulator, giving my body the greater opportunity to function without meds. This was a great sign.
Now in the next few months, we will  have the ability to work with less meds and more stimulation.


DBS Programming May 6, 2013

Well, as you can see the stimulator is working! I was able to walk so much better than previously and I am still  off meds.

DBS Programming May 6, 2013

Leisa and I went to Dr. Mahant's office on May 6,  2013. I had not taken my meds since around 08:00 and this was around 13:00. Dr. Mahant wanted me to come in this "no med" condition so that we could see the results it might give me once programmed. As you can see I am struggling to walk.