Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Well, He's Got That Goin' For Him!

Dad saw his neurologist a couple of weeks ago.

"What's the deal with this Parkinson's?" he asked. "It never has gotten any worse."

"Well, there are your tremors," she said. "Hold out your hand."

He held out his left hand. Stiff as a board.

She put him through a number of the standard physical tests. And then told him about a new test which measures the dopamine output in the parts of the brain suspected of causing Parkinson's. Evidently the test has been used for some time in Europe, but was only approved two years ago by the FDA. It is most useful for distinguishing between 'essential tremor' and Parkinson's. And so she scheduled a Dat Scan.

And now he doesn't have Parkinson's. She is slowing weaning him off his medications.

AND, he's got THAT goin' for him!!!

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