terms I’ve learned

Ataxia,  Impaired balance or coordination, can be due to damage to brain, nerves, or muscles:       Common symptoms include:

  • Unsteady walk and a tendency to trip or stumble
  • Change in speech, including a slur
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty picking up objects, eating, or doing activities that require fine-motor skills
  • Fast back-and-forth eye movements
  • Trouble swallowing

What causes ataxia?

Uncoordinated movement can be a symptom of many underlying causes, from viral infections to head injuries to Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms of ataxia can be a sign that you may have a disorder of the nervous system or a part of the brain that coordinates movement (known as the cerebellum).

Camptocormia, also known as bent spine syndrome (BSS), is a symptom of a multitude of diseases that is most commonly seen in the elderly. It is identified by an abnormal thoracolumbar spinal flexion, which is a forward bending of the lower joints of the spine, occurring in a standing position….. I just wanted to let you know that I recently read an article on The Spine and Spinal cord, and how many people that have Parkinson’s Disease, have a (“bent Forward posture”) which in turn can cause the depletion of Dopamine in the brain.? So I try to adjust my posture along with anything else that will help improve my quality of life.!

The akinesiahypokinesiabradykinesia complex implies slowed motor function. Akinesia is the inability to initiate movement, hypokinesia indicates reduced amplitude of movement and bradykinesia implies slowed speed of movement (Marsden, 1989). … Bradykinesia as a symptom reported by PD patients depends on the lifestyle.

Cogwheeling in Parkinson’s disease is that jerky feeling in your arm or leg that you (or your doctor) can sense when rotating that limb or joint. It is an early symptom of Parkinson’s.

Dysautonomia also can occur as a primary condition or in association with degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. ……………………….Symptoms can include the following:

  • resting tachycardia, or a fast resting heart rate.
  • orthostatic hypotension, or low blood pressure when standing.
  • constipation.
  • breathing problems.
  • gastroparesis, or food not correctly passing through the stomach.
  • erectile dysfunction.
  • sudomotor dysfunction, or irregularities with sweating.

……… all involve the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

Dysautonomia is not a single disease process. The autonomic nervous system may undergo injury as part of several different degenerative neurologic diseases.


Baroreflex failure

( a dysautonomia) The baroreflex mechanism is one way in which the body maintains a healthy blood pressure.

Baroreceptors are stretch receptors situated in important blood vessels. They detect stretching in the artery walls and send messages to the brainstem.

If these messages fail, blood pressure can be too low when resting, or it can rise dangerously during times of stress or activity.

Other symptoms include headaches, excessive sweating, and an abnormal heart rate that does not respond to medication.

 Dysarthria often is characterized by slurred or slow speech that can be difficult to understand.

Masked faces (also known as hypomimia) is the loss of facial expressions most commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease. … As suchwe tend to use the term hypomimia to describe facial masking within the context of .

Convergence insufficiency rather than oblique double vision.


Sloth… but not slothful

John & I have shared housing accommodations with a daughter, Emily and her five children for the past couple years as my Parkinson’s symptoms have become more pronounced. The seventeen year old, Megan, has been aware and come to my rescue when I lost my balance in the pool, needed help to carry things, open doors or bottles, etc… She also, kindly, lets me know when I have food on my chin. 🙂

I knew it takes me a long time to eat, but I guess I thought it was just a chewing and swallowing issue, until Megan observed… “Look, grandma is eating like a sloth!” At that point, I realized how slowly I was moving the fork toward my mouth. I had to laugh.

Emily’s children know she likes Sloths so they have gifted her with a ‘sloth shirt’ and stuffed plush sloths. So when she was showing me her collection of Valentine Sloths, naming them off…Here is the daddy, the mommy, the baby… I said “And you have ME” 🙂

Yes, they have me… and I have them.. my family are my tribe… my wolfpack… my Valentines

Slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. .. lazy, suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble to do anything..  Apathy seems to fit here. A slothful person doesn’t have a claim on a good work ethic.

On Valentines Day, 2019, I have an appointment to have my condition evaluated at the University of Florida Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Fixel Center. To demonstrate MY good work ethic I have compiled a list of questions I hope to ask.

I’ll try to not drop the ball… and report back on the feedback I receive.