How Can You Adapt To Live With Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is the involuntary shaking of the hands, head, jaws, and voice, which causes frustration, helplessness, and embarrassment for the patients. There is no specific cause yet defined for essential tremor, which is why there is no prevention for it. Moreover, it also doesn’t have a permanent cure. However, based on the diagnosis and symptoms, doctors prescribe certain drugs, therapies, and surgeries that can control the symptoms of the disorder for a certain period of time, without permanently curing it.

Diagnosis of essential tremor

Correct diagnosis is the first step towards appropriate treatment of essential tremor. Also, ruling out other causes is the diagnostic tool. For example, having a blood test cannot determine whether you are suffering from essential tremor, but it can help in ruling out other serious conditions like thyroid that could be responsible for the tremors and be shaking. Neurological exams can check your responses and reflexes to sensations. Thus, it is very important that the right tests are done so that apart from your tremors, other significant diseases can also be checked for. And for this, you need an expert professional. While there are many doctors and neurologists that may help here, but the best person to approach is a movement disorders specialist. Such specialists have received additional 1-2 years education and training in handling such movement disorders, apart from the studies that general neurologists do; thus, making them the ideal person to approach in case of essential tremor or any such ailments.

Treatment of essential tremor

The first steps to take for treating include medications and therapies. Beta blockers and anti-seizure drugs are given to patients, along with simple exercises to follow. They are also asked to stay relaxed by undergoing massages and therapies. Additionally, patients are advised certain dietary and lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol and caffeine, using heavier utensils and glasses, wearing wrist weights, using heavier writing tools, etc. In short, you need o do everything possible to eliminate things that can make your symptoms worse. Other therapies that can improve your muscle strength, control and coordination are also taught and prescribed. All of this won’t improve your condition, but it will teach you how to adapt to living with essential tremor. Alternative treatments like acupuncture and hypnosis are being researched upon whether they can prove effective for essential tremor patients or not. Whatever therapies you wish to adopt your lifestyle, make sure to consult your doctor for the same. Knowing your health condition, medical history, genetic health, body type, age, etc. can help the doctor decide better which particular type of treatment and therapy is best for you. He may also have you experiment with different methods to help you find the right one for your condition. Therefore, whatever you do, you need to consult a right professional to help you with your condition.

What I Learned About Home Healthcare And How It Can Help Your Family

About a year ago, I spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws as is the custom, but I, along with nearly everyone else at the get-together noticed that my mother-in-law was very quiet, ate almost nothing, and seemed out of it. Now, the entire family is having to cope with what ended up being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis & having to decide when home healthcare might be the best option with which to go. In short, it’s been a helluva change.

At first, the family was at a loss for what to do with the diagnosis. Some were shell-shocked and other were angry. When it came to my in-laws (Ma & Pops), they didn’t see the need for any alarm and didn’t think that there was anything wrong. Unfortunately, one phone call changed everything, and all of a sudden, everyone had to spring into action.

My brother-in-law went over for a check-up visit, and saw that my father-in-law fell, hurt himself pretty badly, and was laid-out unconscious. After seeing his dad in this state, he panicked at what might have happened to his mom. It turns out, she wasn’t aware that anything had happened or that her husband was in any danger. Things had certainly changed.

Now, our lives are filled with physical & electronic calendars at everyone’s homes noting doctor’s appointments, divvying out who takes the in-laws out for groceries and other errands (they aren’t allowed to drive anymore), and finding ways of trying to keep things as normal as possible for a situation that is anything but normal. The problem is that when you think things are moving in the right direction, you’re quickly given a dose of reality. Between major health scares for my brother-in-law & an increasing severity in Ma’s degradation, everyone is at or near a breaking point.

It’s here where home healthcare has become an incredibly important topic for all of us. We’ve come to realize that there are a number of agencies in the area that provide services, but they aren’t all the same. As such, if you’re thinking about home healthcare for your family, make a list of the specialities & needs that have to be addressed by a prospective home healthcare service provider. This way, you can narrow down your search. It’s also been important for my family to make sure that the agencies we look at put an emphasis on independence for those being cared for.

Ma & Pops are retired educators with decades of experience, multiple degrees (Dr. Pops to be specific), and have been married since the early 60s. They’ve made a successful life based on hard-work & grit. In fact, Pops still mows his own lawn & he’s 81. Being able to maintain independence for them is essential to the whole family, and it’s something you definitely need to keep top of mind.

Finally, the one thing I’ve learned about home healthcare is that it does more than just help those being cared for – it helps everyone. Therein lies the most important part of finding the right agency. We’re still making things work right now, but now that we’ve started the conversation about home healthcare, everyone seems a bit more relaxed & confident that we can make the right call when the time’s right. Every family is different, so if your family is thinking about home healthcare, have a plan, be patient, and take heart in knowing that things will be OK.

What Is Travel? Why Travel?

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Travel, travel, travel… what is travel? Why travel?

A way of life, a state of mind, an identity or even a philosophy. A school of life that never stops to surprise you. The pursuit of rest, sun, comfort and adventure makes you to start a trip. A desire to explore, a change in scenery, meet new people and even share ideas. It is often an opportunity to dare new things.

Everyone travels, but the concept is unique and specific to everyone. Travelling is the level to be surprised. It’s an adventure, the happiness to enjoy oneself, give a meaning to one’s life, go beyond your comfort zone and boosts your confidence, have a lively experience.

Hilarious escape

Travelling is to be free. We all need to discover ourselves and be ourselves. It is just going somewhere, whether familiar or new. It does not matter where you are going as long as you enjoy your destination, you are open to learning the places you visit and you discover yourself in the process.

This discovery takes time as it prompts an open-mindedness, it is a process that needs to be nurtured. A better life expression; a journey full of learning at its worst and achievement at its best. Being curious will lead you to something amazing and it encompasses a wide level of experiences.

Beautiful encounters broadening one’s horizons

“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

When we travel, we make beautiful and unexpected encounters. Some spend time with people they will never really know nevertheless they are connected sometimes for a moment, intense feeling and sometimes in inexpressible situations. These people give you a brief look outside your country and helps you in engaging new and refreshing perspective.

We learn the simplest pleasures of life, we enjoy and savour little moments. Travelling is purely taking your time to relax, take a break from the routine. We explore different cultures and various modes of life, its worth to be noted that it is a passionate and refined exchange. A personal enrichment, we have a cultural improvement in terms of language, music and food.

Patience, tolerance, self-confidence

We discover new skills. With different encounters, other cultures: sharing and exchanges, modes of life, we realize that even if we live in the four corners of the globe, we are not so different. Ultimately, we realize that everyone is the same. It helps to develop patience and focus on ourselves. It is a propitious moment to think and learn about your limits, your fears, your desires and learn how to confront them, lead and achieve what you want. Adopt a Zen attitude.

Whatever the journey and wherever we travel, we benefit greatly, the best memory remains etched forever. Travel because you can and you want to and as it beats the monotony of staying at home