I appreciate all of you who have expressed concern and support for my health challenges. Thanks for being such good friends.
Here's a quick recap of my Parkinson's history...I was diagnosed in 1993. I have had the good fortune of being able to tolerate a large quantity of meds, and for 20 years was able to function reasonably well. At the beginning of 2013 I retired early from my position as CEO of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Barry and I moved to Colorado to start a new chapter in our lives.
Now, 4 1/2 years later, my symptoms have worsened and the medications are much less effective. My friend Marti said in no uncertain terms it was time to do something about my worsening condition. I investigated and have decided to undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS), which my neurologist has been recommending for years.
I have found a surgeon in Denver who specializes in DBS. The surgery involves 3 operations at 3 week intervals. The first is confirmed for July 19 (or July 12 if that date becomes available). Post-op care and programming after the surgeries will necessitate about 10 additional visits.
Many of you have asked how you can help. Denver is 6 hours from Ridgway and Barry's current eye trouble makes long distance and big city driving diff cult. This makes transportation my primary need. Some of you might be able to plan a trip to accompany me. Or if you have a trip to Denver that coincides with my medical appointments, perhaps you might consider giving me a ride. My friend Sue Wiens has graciously offered the use of her condo in Denver to me and my travel companions.