Cassi Creek: The winning number is, hopefully, 332.1
That is a diagnosis code used in the ICD-9 to specify “Parkinsonism.” Not Parkinson’s Disease, but manifesting symptoms common to PD while not presenting with others.
The medication, Sinemet, I’ve been taking, has had some effects. Today, I did not display much in the way of tremors while in the exam room. Yesterday, I spent most of the day trying not to drop things.
There is a general left-sided weakness compared to my right side that the resident seemed not to notice until I pointed out the findings OT had documented. At that point, she charted the finding. I understand how difficult it is to see a patient once, trying to glean everything important from a computerized file and the assorted information and misinformation that the patient provides, then assess the patient for changes and other concerns. Since Gloria notices changes in my condition more than I do, I was happy that she chose to be there with me today.
There seems to be no marked progression. I was told that the ugliest two or three of the “atypical Parkinson’s” are most likely not in my prognosis. This will probably shake out as a long-term slowly progressing disorder. There are no new magic bullets in the apparent future.
So I need to start pushing the VA compensation process in any manner I can find. I may have a winning number. However, unless it is plugged into the system if is of no value.