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learning to persevere

Posted by Mr. Quimby on Wednesday, May 7, 2008

So I finally made an apointment to see a neurologist yesterday.  Good news and bad news, I guess.  The good news is that he doesn't think there's anything majorly wrong with me.  The bad news is that he didn't really seem to think there was anything he could do about the tremors.

I don't know.  I guess on the one hand it's nice to know he doesn't think I have some sort of weird neurologic disease or a brain tumor.  On the other hand it's very depressing to think I just have to deal with this for the rest of my life.  I've given up knitting.  I can't draw anymore.  I haven't picked up my banjo in months because I know it'll frustrate me.  I'm making mistakes at work when I click on the wrong button because my finger spasms.  Sometimes the shaking is bad enough that I just give up and go home rather than fight through it.

I'm not really sure that I want to "just deal with it."

I guess I think back to when I lost my hearing in my left ear and how hard it was to adjust initially.  The tinnitus was so distracting that I couldn't imagine living that way.  But I learned to deal with it.  Maybe I'll learn to deal with this, too.  Just right now it's very depressing to look forward and think this is the way I will have to be.

13 comments on “learning to persevere”

jebmd Says:
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 @11:56:27 AM

Keep your chin up Ace. There is an answer to every question. Sometimes you just have to search harder for the right answers. Try John Hopkins or Georgetown Medical Center. Never give up!


FiddlerFaddler Says:
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 @12:31:34 PM

Good luck with your condition, Jennifer.

Hey, just on the outside chance that you are subject to this too...  I once met a skinny gal who is a client of my company, and she drank so many caffeinated beverages during the day that her hands shook.  The same thing happened to me the first time I drank a lot of caffeinated soda as a teen - it really freaked me out at first because I didn't know what was causing it.

KevinP Says:
Thursday, May 8, 2008 @2:45:55 AM

I'll be thinking about you. Kevin

Forrest Says:
Monday, May 12, 2008 @11:45:43 AM

Hang in there Ace.

culprit32310 Says:
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 @5:22:26 PM

Hang in there....when one door closes....."grab it quick"...and hold on as long as you can......f you can't keep it open, turn around.....there's another open door right behind you!... :-)

culprit32310 Says:
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 @5:22:56 PM

Hang in there....when one door closes....."grab it quick"...and hold on as long as you can......if you can't keep it open, turn around.....there's another open door right behind you!... :-)

roger martin Says:
Thursday, June 5, 2008 @12:36:24 PM

Since my stroke a couple of years ago  I've had to deal with my right hand shaking also.
 For  a year I didnt  try to play  any instruments.But last year I decided to not give up  so easily.I started playing again and just kept at it.I still have  the shakes sometimes in  that hand but I've found  that  for me what works best is  to  make sure my hand is as relaxed as possible.As you get  frustrated your hand tenses up and  makes the shaking worse.
 Try  not thinking about  the  shaking as much and trying to look at it as a  minor  thing .Tough I know but to  give up allows  it to win.
 And BTW, so you miss a note here and there, its not like the world will end  , I miss  more then I used to  but I didnt like the alternative .
 Keep at it , and  relax!.!!!!
 Been there , am there ,and stubburn!

Louisiana Rose Says:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @11:41:52 AM

Please don't give up, I know it's frustrating, but if you can just try to carry on with your normal activities as much as possible, you will surprise yourself at how much you really can achieve, just relax and go with the flow and  remember, you  have friends who  care about  you

Thursday, October 23, 2008 @6:32:13 AM

I hope that God helps you through this and you find some peace about things.  I will have you in my prayers, hope the best for you and that everything gets worked out. 


Camo Girl Says:
Thursday, January 22, 2009 @3:25:11 PM

Whatever you do don't let it stop you from doing the things you love!!! just remember you can make it thru anything thru God!!! My prayers are with you!!

God Bless Mallory

Mimosa Banjo Says:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @7:50:13 PM

Thinking of you Q and keeping you in my prayers. Keep an eye out for the door that opens when another is closed.  What you have described reminds me of Eddie Adcock, BTY.


Frisco Fred Says:
Friday, November 12, 2010 @7:16:46 PM

Why has this affliction come your way? We're all children of this universe, down to every atom in your body. I'll think of you in harmony with your environment. Settle in, you're at home and may that pathos leave you.

OM45GE Says:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @5:45:01 AM

Have you considered getting a second opinion? I work for a biopharmaceutical company that treats rare diseases. I can't tell you how many of our patients tell stories about being told there was nothing wrong, just learn to live with it, etc. until they found someone who understood what their symptoms really meant.

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