During back surgery on1/26/09, I experienced low oxygen levels. I was discharged from the hospital but continued experiencing shortness of breath. Made and appt. w/my general practitioner, went thru several diagnostic tests and finally was placed on oxygen and referred to a pulmonary specialist at UVA Medical Center. Shortly after this diagnosis I began experiencing dragging of my right leg and tremors in my right hand. Again I was sent to see a neurologist at UVA and diagnosed with parkinson's disease. I do pretty well but somehow my family does not seem to realize I can no longer do the things I always did before. After my forced disability retirement at age 59, I became the primary day care provider for my 4 very young grandchildren, along with the housekeeper for their family. I feel I'm having a terrible pity party but cannot help taking on this responsibility as my daughter (the mother of these 4 children) suffered mestatic breast cancer and subsequent mastectomies and treatment but now is a 3 year survivor. I feel I have no choice but don't know how I can change things.
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