Tomorrow is a neurology consult. I will be seen by at least one resident and then by the consulting/attending Neurologist. They will hopefully sign off on the disease that they are treating. I will get up an hour earlier tomorrow. This is partly to do with travel times and parking. It also concerns medication doses and schedules. Since they have ruled out the major diseases that may mimic Parkinson’s; and since Parkinson’s remains a diagnose by exclusion, I’m going to point out that they have pretty much determined the diagnosis.
The major concern will be continuing the current treatment, finding a way into one of the regional VA Parkinson’s research projects, and getting the paperwork necessary to support my claim into the chart and into the “Agent Orange Fast Trak” offices.
I’ve been patient and polite throughout this process. However, if the diagnosis is delayed again, or if it is somehow ruled out, there will be some loss of courtesy. I respect physicians for their professional knowledge. I am not now, and never have been, in awe of them.