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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Parkinson's DBS Surgery: The Results

Total miles driven:                         2,758
Gas for six trips to Tucson:           $489.87
Four nights in a hotel:                   $402.11
My co-pays for everything:           $970.00
Amount my Insurance paid:      $26,672.77
Price for the Neurostimulator:   $43.929.87

No more foot cramps:           PRICELESS
Sleeping through the night:   PRICELESS
Feeling ON all a day:             PRICELESS
No dyskinesia:                      PRICELESS


Would I do it again? Absolutely.
Just look at the before video:

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and the after video:

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I am sleeping longer, but I still get tired during the day. My arms and legs don't feel heavy, I just get sleepy. I have had two surgeries in less than three weeks, so my body is still recuperating. Dr. Norton just turned the unit on and set it very low, so I know it will be better when I go back for detailed programming in two weeks. I have cut back on my medication by about half already and all of the side effects I was having are gone. I am a very, very Happy Parkie.


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6 comments:

  1. with this thought DBS looks like the real deal, I'm still a lil scared still something to think twice about looks like it did you some good, hope your recovery goes fast your friend Margaret from Bullhead City!!!

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  2. I like the detailed before video because I don't have a Parkie friend to hang out with during the day. I just know how I feel. The after video is amazing!

    Philip

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  3. Congratulations Bev! This is very exciting.
    I am very happy for you.

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  4. Bev, I am SO so happy that DBS is working for you! Thanks for sharing these videos.

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  5. Wow Bev! As I was watching your "before DBS" video, it was like watching a carbon copy of myself, except I have brown hair. haha My feet also cramp up when I first get up and I have to walk on the outsides of my feet. Mainly the left foot is like that, as I noticed was the same for you. "Was" being the key word. I take baby steps, too. I know these are typical symptoms. I was just amazed at how nearly identical our movements and stage in PD seem to be or were, I should say. I'm so happy for you and encouraged by your successful surgery and success with the stimulator. All the best to you, Tonya Viaille

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  6. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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