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I am still friends with the first people I met in a Parkinson's Chat Room (see Chat Room link on left sidebar.) Karyn from Australia, who convinced me to start this blog and helped me decide DBS surgery was right for me. Steve and Linda from Kentucky, who headed up the chat room and Andrew from Australia who still has his pet snake named Pelorus. But, I have only met one of them in person; Mary L from Mississippi, who
|YumaBev and Mary L in New Orleans, LA|
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|YumaBev and Michelle from Louisiana|
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|YumaBev and Roy from Florida|
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Some things have NOT changed. My hair style is still the same except for some "wings" trying to grow out
And some things have changed. My right foot no longer dances under the desk when I am trying to write. I no longer have foot cramps. I still go to bed around 11 pm, but now I sleep until 6 or 7 am, which means I miss the sunrises. I take much less Parkinson's medications, so the dyskenisia has stopped, which means I've gained a few pounds. I walk more normally. I can, once again, cut my own steak, but peas still give me trouble. My singing voice has gotten worse (I know, it's hard to believe, but it's true.) My voice has gotten quieter (I know, hard to believe, right?) and some times my speech isn't very clear, but I keep right on speaking. In fact, I've been invited back to speak to Dr Sherman's first year medical school students in November.
All in all, I'd say I am doing very well. I am looking forward to the next 3 years and hope to meet many more of you in person.
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