& Parkinson's Diagnosis: (bummer...)
of Joyce Hardage, TX
the deal...as of August, 2009
Dear C&T Fans, & other curious folk:
A neighbor / friend and I here in Prescott, AZ, drove
Daryl down to Sun City, AZ, to see
Dr. Holly Shill at Banner Health Research Clinic in
Sun City. Dr. Shill is an amazing woman.... young,
a former architect who decided to become a neurologist
(and is now one of the top neurologists in the country),
warm and personable with a very reassuring manner.
She examined Daryl, checked out all of his past neurological
exams and reports and test results.
He does have Parkinson's.
It is a very slow progressing type..... more emphasis
on the tremor and less on the rigidity, stiffness
and bradykenisia (slow movements).
It was extremely sobering to both of us to hear the
diagnosis that we had suspected (in the back of our
minds) spoken firmly and confidently.... no pussy-footing
around with Dr. Shill, and Daryl and I appreciated
her frankness and kindness.
She explained that there are medications that mostly
control the tremor, but don't have much effect on
the rigidity and stiffness, which Daryl is experiencing
on his left side... .leg and hand. Then there are
other medications that can control the rigidity and
stiffness, but don't have much effect on the tremor.
She suggested that, since Daryl's main problem is
the tremor, she wants him to start on Amantadine,
which can work very well for tremor with few side
effects. He has already tried the Beta Blocker-type
meds and didn't react well to them.
She wrote a prescription for Daryl, but doesn't want
him to start it until he checks with his ophthalmologist
to see if it would interfere with his eye problems.
If Daryl gets an okay from the ophthalmologist, he
will start taking the Amantadine every morning for
four days, and then take it morning and noon every
day. UPDATE - Nov. 2009 - Dropped
Amantadine, and now experimenting w/ Levadopa / Sinemet.
Dr. Shill assured Daryl that his symptoms can be treated.
It will be up to him how far he wants to go. She said
he will not die of Parkinson's, that he can safely
continue to drive, that his intellectual faculties
will not be affected.
It is not what we had hoped for, but at least we now
know, and it explains so much. Daryl is processing
his diagnosis, and he is depressed a bit, but is reacting
better than I thought he would. I think he was kind
of relieved to finally have the answer to what is
really causing his physical problems.
It just so happened that he had the bi-lateral knee
surgery last October without realizing that he was
in the very early stages of a slowly progressing Parkinson's.
However, if he HADN'T had the surgery, he would be
in a wheelchair by now because his knees were in such
So that's the report. I wish it were better news,
but it is what it is.
Love to you all
& A CARING, LONGTIME C&T FAN WRITES...
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2009 3:10:57 PM
From: - - -
Whatever the problem is don't let it derail you.
My father has Parkinsons Disease and has had it
for 17 years. He has traveled all over the world
and keeps moving forward. (He has no choice; is
wife is a taskmaster!). I just found out that a
good friend of mine is likely to lose their battle
cancer in the oming weeks. Life is short.
kids have never known him to do anything other than
have a tremor.
Get back to your music. FInd another instrument.
Write using the computer. Find another way.
My thoughts are with you -- from right outside of
Say hi to toni -- still love that voice!
Ken P. - - - 47 and still listening