I am a retired elementary principal. After retirement in June, 2007, my wife and I moved to an active adult community in New Mexico. It has been a wonderful new adventure for us here in the Land of Enchantment. We have three children and two grandchildren. They live in Denver and Brooklyn, NY. We recently had to put down Johnny our Sharpei. We still have a Scottish Fold cat MacTavish. We have truly enjoyed meeting our new friends and taking part in all of the community activities.
At about age fifty, I developed flat feet and a need for some ankle surgery on my left side. That surgery entailed a tendon transfer and a fixed(pinned) ankle. Following the surgery, it seemed to take a long time for me to regain leg strength. I also noticed that my left ankle did not respond normally. I wrote these conditions off to aging and surgery recovery. Shortly, thereafter I noticed a tremor in my left arm. Again I remembered an old injury and blamed it. I did talk to the family doctor and in March of 2007 he sent me for a CAT scan which showed no sign of tumor or stroke. He also asked if there was any history of Parkinson's in my family. To my knowledge, there is none.
After we relocated in New Mexico in August, I started with a new family doctor. He recommended a neurologist and after delay on my part I finally saw Dr Amanda Deligtisch in Albuquerque. If any of you are in the southwest and would like to see a truly professional and understanding movement specialist, Dr. Deligtisch is the best choice. She diagnosed my condition and I started applying the Neupro patch. The medication helped some but I suppose I wanted to be fully cured. Then I received notice that the patch was being removed from the market due to faulty manufacturing. Now I take Senemet and am exercising a lot. I seem to be holding my own against PD.
Due to the excellent support of my wife, children, and friends, I cannot help but think that my future holds many wonderful times regardless of the Parkinson Disease.