Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Does She or Doesn't She?

Tomorrow, I will take my 79 year-old mother to the Neurologist where he will determine if she has Parkinson's Disease.

After reading much about this illness, I am surprised at the similarities of symptoms my mother also possesses.

Depression
Anxiety
Dementia
Pain
Tremors
Muscle stiffness/achiness
Slow limited movement
Vacant facial expression
Shuffled walking
Slurred speech
Small cramped writing
Restless leg syndrome
Fitful sleep/dreams

I am even more surprised that none of her doctors, primary physician, psychiatrists, ER docs, pain management specialists, etc ever suggested she be evaluated.

I am hesitant but anxious to learn the truth. If she does indeed have Parkinson's Disease, perhaps there is a medication that will help us in treating the debilitating symptoms....especially the pain.

I am not looking forward to the difficult job of getting her there... the wheel chair, the anxiety, the forgetfulness, the tremors....but I think I may actually be relieved to finally know the answer.

Until tomorrow.....

2 comments:

GB's Mom said...

Prayers go with you!

The Henrys said...

I hope it goes well for you both tomorrow. Thinking of you...

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