Today I decided to research a bit about “Essential Tremors” to see what I could come up with. A few years ago I did the same thing and came up with nothing. But today I found a lot on information on the internet about this “disability”. I put quotation marks around that because of course I don’t look at it like that. BUT it can be disabling to a lot of people including myself. I just choose to look at it in a different way. I shake… there is really nothing I can do short of taking medicine for the rest of my life that will take it away. (Side note: I have yet to be clinically diagnosed with Essential Tremors.)
At times though socially the shaking causes me to want to retreat. Things easily fall out of my hands. I won’t even attempt becoming a server due to the fact most people would like to eat their food not wear it! 🙂 I am not steady on my feet (we all know I fall a lot ;)) and the biggest thing is most people think I am a nervous wreck all the time! I’m not, I promise. I just shake. It can be difficult at times trying to explain something even I don’t clearly understand. (Another side note: I get teased about that by a lot of friends. 🙂 )
I love photography and for a while I wouldn’t even touch my manual settings due to the fact that I can’t put the shutter speed to a slower speed and shoot some great things. I have to rely on a tripod. I don’t have a choice. In my stubbornness I just used the automatic settings for as long as possible. I have since relented in situations where I know I can shoot on manual settings with out the use of a tripod!
Essential Tremors are genetic so yes, I did inherit it from my dad. He shakes too, as well as his dad and I believe both of his sisters. Of my siblings I am the only one with the shaking.
Today I found a website that is trying to raise awareness of Essential Tremors (ET). I had no idea that ET affects over 10 million people in the US. There are many different variations of ET. I happen to just have the hand/arm shaking. A lot of people have trouble speaking because ET affects their vocal chords. Others are incorrectly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as well.
I am not sure why I decided to research this topic or why I felt the need to share a blog post about it. I guess if we ever meet face to face and I am shaking, please know I am not a nervous wreck… just shaking. (Oh and hide the breakables around us, there’s a good chance something could fall and break! 😉 )