A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease by Joel Havemann

By Joel Havemann

"I'm flat on my again on a sofa that is too brief in a windowless room within the bureau. i will not even sit down at a working laptop or computer, less make a keyboard paintings. My legs and arms are shaking uncontrollably. even though i'm in simple terms fifty three years outdated, i've got already been being affected by Parkinson's affliction for seven years. And right away the illness is winning." So starts Joel Havemann's account of the insidious ailment that's Parkinson's. Into his personal tale, Havemann weaves available reasons of the way Parkinson's disrupts the brain's circuitry, how indicators are controlled via medicinal drugs and surgical procedure, and the way humans deal with the disease's mental demanding situations. The paperback variation brings the dialogue of treatment plans and examine completely modern.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease PDF

Similar geriatrics books

Mood Disorders in Later Life, Second Edition (Medical Psychiatry Series)

Temper problems in Later existence examines the spectrum of temper problems in older adults, concentrating on significant and nonmajor depressive issues, bipolar affliction (manic and depressive phases), melancholy with psychotic positive factors, and vascular melancholy. intensive discussions of analysis and cures together with psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and ECT might help clinicians increase therapy results of their aged sufferers.

Healthy Longevity in China: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Psychological Dimensions (The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis)

Key learn within the world’s biggest getting older inhabitants – in China – has fed into this significant new paintings, which goals to respond to questions severe to older humans around the world. those comprise: is the interval of incapacity compressing or increasing with expanding lifestyles expectancy and what elements are linked to those traits within the contemporary many years?

Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics

Soils have very important roles to play in legal and environmental forensic technological know-how. because the preliminary suggestion of utilizing soil in forensic investigations was once mooted by means of Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes tales ahead of real-world functions, this department of forensic technological know-how has turn into more and more refined and wide.

Long-term Management of Dementia

With humans residing longer, dementia is now on the vanguard of clinical study. In solution to this altering development, long term administration of Dementia offers a stand-alone source for analysis, remedy, and administration concerns for the sufferer struggling with this debilitating sickness. themes lined comprise: Social, criminal, financial, and moral dilemmas useful skills using and the dementia sufferer Hygiene and dietary issues Supervision types clinical issues Neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, nurses, and social staff, besides kin of these discomfort will locate this e-book a precious source for realizing this disease.

Additional resources for A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease

Example text

Now focus your mind on your eyes. Your eyelids are heavy. Just let them lie there. Your eyes are getting heavy too. You can even feel the backs of your eyes as gravity holds them down. . ‘‘Now concentrate on your jaw. Let gravity pull it down. Let gravity pull it down so that your mouth opens ever so slightly. ’’ To my astonishment, the chime machine stopped chiming. But not for very long. ‘‘Now think about your arms,’’ she instructed—and as I did, my right hand began its familiar tremor. The dreaded chime machine started chiming again at an ever-higher pitch.

Researchers today are pretty confident that the culprits pointed to early on, including anxiety and exposure to the cold, were bogus. But some of the more recent hypotheses were just as goofy. In the first half of the twentieth century, one school of thought held that Parkinson’s was a byproduct of the encephalitis epidemic that broke out worldwide after World War I. ∞≥ Obviously, this hypothesis turned out to be emphatically incorrect. To this day, researchers are still arguing over whether the cause is hereditary or environmental—or a combination.

There is a tiny gap between the transmitter end of one nerve cell and the receiver end of another. This gap—about twenty one-millionths of a millimeter from one side to the other—is known as a synapse. When the ‘‘wave’’ of ions reaches the transmitter end of one nerve cell, it does not jump the gap. Rather, it causes the release of a chemical stored in a little sac. The chemical, like a swimmer taking the baton in a relay race, carries the message across the synapse to the receiving end of the next nerve cell.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.54 of 5 – based on 19 votes