I have health issues. Who does not at my age – I am 84 years old. These facts are not exactly  new news. At 84 years of age, one expects to have at least some kind of health issue.  But, I did not expect that I would be challenged to this extent. I have had prostate cancer, a heart attack, a very bad lower back, have Parkinson’s, and may have nerve damage in my left leg due to spinal nerve compression. Do you feel sorry for me? Well, I hope not, because I have been the beneficiary of the best that medical science has on offer in our part of the World. The best of the best is my brand new Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS).  Actually, I have two of them – one each for the right and left side of my brain. These devices make it possible for me to live without the significant disabilities that come with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Each of theses devices consist of an electrode assembly, a computer/battery, and a hand held controller. The electrode assembly  is implanted in the brain through a hole bored in the skull for that purpose. The electrode delivers a therapeutic electric signal to the brain. The signal is generated  in the computer using parameters selected by a medical technician based on the response of the patient to systematic variation of the parameters. The computer is under the skin of the patient in the upper chest area and is connected to the electrode by wires also under the skin. The technician “talks” to the device computer via an inductive link. The technician observes the patient’s response to a particular signal and makes appropriate adjustments until the patients response is satisfactory. In my case, “satisfactory” is the suppression of almost all of my Parkinson’s symptoms. I am very highly indebted to the many medical personnel who have made this possible. Thank you all!



I am 89 years old and was married for 66 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoying my life and I try look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity about what my future has in store for me.

2 thoughts on “MY HEALTH ISSUES

  1. Hi Mel. Yes, medical advances are amazing. It’s really great that that your Parkinson’s Disease symptoms have been so well suppressed. It’s a shame that you have to deal with such serious medical problems. I really appreciate all that you’ve done for the model railroad club.
    Regards, Charley

  2. Well I can say that I’m extremely happy this procedure is doing as advertised for my Father. It should enable him to further the things he loves doing.


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