The Battery is Dying

The neurostimulator device is where the battery is located.

Medtronic is a leading manufacturer of medical devices.  Their products include pumps and pacemaker type devices, including Deep Brain Stimulation neurostimulators. Other producers of these devices include Boston Scientific, Abbot and St. Jude.

I did not have a choice at the time of my implant.  The Medtronic Activa was placed in my chest, just below my left collar bone five days after the probes were placed in my brain.  The wires were positioned from both sides of my  head, run down the back of my head and side of my neck  and needed to  be pulled into place.  

In about a months time, I returned to the clinic for the device to be turned on, and set.  That was quite the experience. You can read more about that in my book The Ribbon of Road Ahead  to be released in early 2019.

I have had a total of four tune ups which have been successful in limiting my tremors and several other symptoms of Parkinsons Disease.  I was told the battery would last 3-5 years, depending on the strength of the voltage.  It   has been 2 years and 9 months. Mine was rather high on one side.  It has now drained to the warning level.  I hope to have surgery to replace it within the month.

Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

One thought on “The Battery is Dying

  1. Darn battery anyway! Just when you need a good jolt🎊 praying for quick and immediate surgery! Blessings my friend. Tammy

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