Friday, March 29, 2013

Declining Health

While my mental state has bounced back from the depths I've noticed the beginning of finger tremors that indicate Parkinson's Disease. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in Alaska and given a few years to live. Another doctor said I'd never run again because of a ruptured Achilles tendon and fractured heel bone and he was sort of right. But this Parkinson's Disease is the progressive decay of nervous system as motor functions cease.  The middle finger on my right hand now dances in circles to an Afro-cuban rhythm that only it can hear.

In doing some soul searching I've thought about the friends who died years ago, one when we were 13 and another when we were 25, and I have no cause to complain. I kind of suspected early on that if I had personal goals then I should concentrate on those because my weak heart and fragile disposition destined me for an early exit.
The primary motor symptoms alone are enough to make me want to make sure the rifle is loaded with exploding bullets but the list of problems goes on an on.

Primary Motor Symptoms - Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) › ... › What is Parkinson’s Disease?Symptoms
A typical onset is tremor in one finger. The tremor consists of a shaking or oscillating movement, and usually appears when a person's muscles are relaxed, or at ...

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  • Stooped posture, a tendency to lean forward
  • Dystoni: a neurological movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures.
  • Impaired fine motor dexterity and motor coordination
  • Impaired gross motor coordination
  • Poverty of movement (decreased arm swing)
  • Akathisia: a feeling of "inner restlessness", a constant urge to be moving. It is peculiar in that while one can not keep still, the actual movements are voluntrary
  • Speech problems, such as softness of voice or slurred speech caused by lack of muscle control
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Cramping
  • Drooling

Why do I suspect playing the piano will be impossible?

At least with Obamacare all my problems will be paid for by children not yet born into a life of drudgery in a circuit board manufacturing facility.


dickgumshoe said...

Oggy, rigormortis has been slowly setting in since you were 16 yrs old. At seventeen the line drive to your melon, while pitching batting practice probably didn't help either. However,the doctors told you that you would never play the violin again. How wrong were they. With all that said, if I were you I wouldn't wait to long to finish up that bucket list.

Oggy Bleacher said...

Right, I forgot I was the only 17 year old with a bucket list. But I crossed everything off so I won't complain. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

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