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The 3 Hour Leash Morphs into a 24 Hour One

Posted Dec 12 2008 3:42pm

I’ve been reluctant to write about this change in my Parkinson’s self. I was afraid that my good fortune might magically evaporate if I’d put it in writing or say it out loud. But now that this change has “stuck” for 10 days, I must reveal it.

As most of you know, I have been going through the process of reprogramming of the Deep Brain Stimulation system with Dr. Olga. I affectionately see her as a Russian magician. With my last reprogramming session on March 4, 2008, my goal was to change my time between Parkinson’s meds from three hours to four hours. Three hours between Parkinson’s meds and accompanying fluctuations was a tight leash for someone like me who has been trying to lead a productive life. A four hour leash was more manageable, and something I could handle.

But I’m still uncertain what happened at that reprogramming session ten days ago. The three hour leash morphed into a 24 hour leash. I now take my Parkinson’s meds every 24 hours, not every three hours. The results of my reprogramming session far exceeded my expectations. This is the best that I have felt in 12 years since being diagnosed with Parkinson's. The only possible explanation is that Dr. Olga hit the optimal settings for me at this time.

This is what it must feel like not to have Parkinson’s. I had forgotten. I'll take it for as long as it lasts. Thank you, Dr. Olga. I am grateful!

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