Congratulations to Drs. Maureen Leehey and Olga Klepitskaya who have been named two of the Best Doctors in America for 2013. This is the first time that Dr. Klepitskaya has earned the honor and the third time for Dr. Leehey. To learn more about the Best Doctors list go to www.bestdoctors.com and to obtain information about making an appointment, go to http://www.essentialtremor.org/siteresources/apps/physicians/
A few days ago, I received a call from an ET patient who has been having problems cutting herself when using sharp knives in the kitchen. At the time, I was at a loss for helpful suggestions. Since then, I did a bit of searching on our very own website! Under Assistive Devices, there is a link to Elder Store, http://www.elderstore.com/adaptive-eating-utensils. They have several serrated rocker knives listed which should provide some help in preparing meals. If you have any other helpful kitchen hints, please let us know.
Dr. Dalvi and the ET patients from the Tinley Park area were together again last Saturday at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center. We had a group of about 30 people and everyone learned a great deal with comments like, “I learned more in the last hour and I have in the 30 years I have had ET” and “definitely worth while”. But the conversation I had with a local police officer who had essential tremor was shocking. He told me a story of how his local neurologist couldn’t find test results to support his essential tremor so basically accused him of faking it and not wanting to go to work. For those that aren’t aware, there are no medical tests that exist to confirm the diagnosis of ET. It is diagnosed by medical history and neurological evaluation. To read more about ET go to our website.
Dr. Dalvi was joined by Dr. Peter Warnke, Associate Professor of Surgery and Neurology and Director of the Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Program at the University of Chicago to answer questions about deep brain stimulation for essential tremor.
We also took the opportunity to show the audience a draft copy of the upcoming ET video developed to create ET Awareness. The attendees were in agreement the video is badly needed and gave praise at how well it was done. Check out the making of the video. Our “stars” had so much fun!
The final version should be live on our website sometime next week.
This week I am Phoenix bound. Can’t wait to see all the folks in Phoenix!
Yesterday, I spent several hours editing in the Mile Deep Films studio with director/producer Tony Ladesich, who is producing the ET Awareness video for the IETF.
The video features interviews with several individuals with ET from Chicago and greater Kansas City, Dr. Arif Dalvi (left), Director of the Movement Disorder Center, North Shore University Health Systems, and Cindy Zadikoff (below), Assistant Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center.
The participants with ET explain how it has affected their life, how they have learned to adapt and cope, and why raising awareness is so important.