Last year, 2017, was a year of struggle with a ray of hope.
I struggled with aging with my Cerebral Palsy (CP). My right knee was acting up with sharp pains and buckling causing me to fall a lot. Near the end of summer, I saw a specialist for the first time; since, I was eighteen.
The physical exam was conducted in a manner that I remembered being examined as a kid: Twisting different areas of my leg and feet this way, and that way. It was strange to see a doctor who knew, so much about CP.
Initially, the doctor considered crutches to aid my walking, and to prevent my falling, but after the examination, he gave me the option to try a drug called,” Dantrium, or Dantrolene.”
I was quite out if it when I first started the drug. About five days afterwards, my head cleared; I was walking better. The most amazing thing was that for the first time in my life, my muscles felt relaxed; this was a new experience for me. I was happy. Just imagine closing your fist for a tight as you can. Now, leave it that way. This is how my leg muscles are everyday (or it was until I started the prescription).
So far, this new year, I have cut down on food and my drinking. I never meant to, I didn’t plan to, but l just did. As a result, I have lost some weight. I plan to continue with this change (I had gain a lot of weight last year), so this is an opportunity to do something about it.
The change that started last year, will continue in 2018.
—Robert Confiant 10 January 2018 (mod 29 March 2018)