Thursday, September 18, 2008

Last Summer

So as I wrote before---I have mild cerebral palsy. It mainly affected my speech until recently as my handwriting deteriorated---my arms began experiencing tremors often from normal muscle wear and tear.

My symptoms include:
- 1. lack of muscle coordination when doing voluntary movements (ataxia) ; (see #4 & 5)
- 2. stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity) ; (same as # 1)
- 3. excessive drooling (mostly when I'm tired) or difficulties swallowing (rarely) or speaking;
- 4. shaking (tremor) or random involuntary movements; and (in my arms)
- 5. difficulty with precise motions, such as writing or buttoning a shirt.


So last Summer, my new doctor decided to prescribe Propranolol to help control my tremors and he recommended that I have physical and occupational therapy: here. I also have to use these tools: weighted utensils and a button hook. Unrelated to last Summer, but related to this topic---I think this is cool, check out this Evangelist with cerebral palsy: David Ring and for other people with cerebral palsy see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebral_Palsy.

2 comments:

Kim Rogers said...

I am really enjoying reading you blog! Thank you so much for doing this. It is thought provoking and inspiring. Thanks, Ben!

TheoPoet said...

Thanks for the compliments! Here is why I Blog: TheoPoetic Musings: It's Time: Weeks 5 And 6. I hope I challenge people and continue inspiring people such as you.