The Laws of Motion

Sir Isaac Newton, take note, my Dystonia has served as a vivid example of your 3rd Law of Motion gone haywire: For every [voluntary] action there’s an equal and opposite [involuntary] reaction.

Now that the involuntary kinetic forces generated by my voluntary movements have begun to magically disappear, walking is no longer a contact sport. I feel as if I’ve fallen down a wormhole and emerged into a parallel universe where Newtonian mechanics have drastically simplified. My alternate reality gives me pause as I adjust to my newfound freedom. Who knew walking is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other and telling your legs where to go? Destinations that formerly loomed as remote don’t seem quite so far away.

When I trudged around the city with my walker, I measured distance by the corresponding depletion in my energy and operated on a permanent power outage. Every ounce of my being directed an overwhelmingly focus to the technical details of getting from Point A to Point B…with little thought for my destination – and scant attention to the scenery along the way. Post DBS, my energy quotas have completely transformed. I make my way around my neighborhood with power to spare enjoying the local landscape. Think of me as a bee buzzing along on full throttle as I relish the “conserved” energy I previously expended on the mechanics of walking.

I’m not the only one benefitting from my newfound energy. My puppy is thrilled to have a new training partner. Now she’ll have to learn to keep up with me (lol)!

12 responses to “The Laws of Motion

  1. Amazing…and inspiring!

  2. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for you. This is a tribute to your courage and unyielding efforts to defeat dystonia. You are an inspiration to us all.

  3. My heart is bursting with JOY for you!!! The ability to walk “normal” hasn’t gotten old for me yet. I still have “Aha!” moments when I’m walking and I will never forget the blessings that I have received with taking that step of faith to have the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery! I am so happy for you I could cry! Love Love Love!!! God Bless!!!

    • Jessica, I know exactly what you mean. I am so happy to hear DBS was such a success for you. All that we went through with those surgeries was totally worth it. Sending you my best. -Pamela-

  4. Sounds wonderful!

    Sent from my iPad


  5. How wonderful to hear that your DBS is working so well for you – YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! :))))

    • Betty, Thank you for visiting my site and taking the time to comment. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! is exactly how I feel! Sending you my warmest wishes for a joyful Holiday Seasonal . -Pamela-

  6. It is so nice to read that for some people there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even though you are almost like a Robocop, it is the beauty of the technology that can give you another shot at having a better life and more opportunities.

    I ended up on your blog just by browsing off another blog written by Steven, Tetraplegic Bhoy, and was amazed by your humorous approach to what seems quite an extremely challenging condition.

    Positive attitude and some humor is what always gets me.

    • Dace, I’m thrilled you found my site!!! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I firmly believe in the benefits of a sense of humor, especially when it comes to life with Dystonia. I’m doing my best to spread some sunshine around the World Wide Web! Happy Hilidays. 🌲🌲🌲 -Pamela-

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