Basically, I have something like a pacemaker inserted in my chest, to stimulate those probes which were inserted into my brain.
Yon and I rocked up to A/Prof William's rooms at 9 am sharp. (I'm certainly not used to peak hour traffic; it took 3/4 of an hr to do a 15 minute drive)
WE were greeted by A/Prof Williams and Emily and Clinton from The George Negus Show; they wanted to film the big event.
A Prof Williams asked me a few questions, and it was declared that there were already improvements.
*I was not dyskinetic ie had no involuntary movements
*I had not experienced any 'off' periods
*or 'toe cramping/curling' since surgery.
It was explained that there is a 2 week 'honeymoon' period after the surgery, when the brain swells and may people's troublesome symptoms disappear. After 2 weeks, many people go back to as they were, after experiencing a false sense of euphoria.
A/Prof Williams then brought out a huge programmer, and turned on 1 volt to each side. As he did so, I felt a fuzzy rush up each side. I was asked to do the usual 'party tricks', (right) and A/Prof Williams was satisfied.
However, I felt a bit fuzzy round the head, and it was decided that 1/2 a volt may be enough for now.
Overall, Emma, Yon and A/Prof Williams noticed great improvement from before the surgery.
I looked at my wishlist from last month, and made the following observations;
1. Take less pills. I take about 30% less than before.
2. Stop dyskinesia Seems to be under control for now.
3. Get a good night's sleep I'm going to bed at about 9, getting about 8 hrs; certainly an improvement.
4. Improve handwriting Well, we didn't expect changes there.
5. Stop toe curling Hasn't happened once since surgery
6. Drive better Not allowed to drive yet, but I'm sure i could... and would be better.
and a 7th!
7. NOT to hang up on everyone on my cordless phone by leaning my face into it certainly improved!
So 5, a possible 6 out of 7 is pretty good, and considering we didn't expect the handwriting to improve, it's almost a 100% improvement!
Everyone happy overall.