I have had essential tremor for, oh wow, just shy of 30 years. It was after my divorce, two moves across country, and a lot of stress, which can trigger tremors that you didn’t even know you have. Essential tremor tends to run in families, and no one I was aware of had it (my son does now). I was playing pool with friends and someone commented on my shaky hands, which I hadn’t even noticed. Did some library research and came across ET.
During stressful times it gets really bad, interfering with just about everything because my hands are shaking so bad that I can’t even hold a glass of water.
Food can set them off, though I’ve not really been able to nail down what foods in particular because one day I’ll be fine eating something and a few days later the same exact food has a completely different effect. It’s bewildering.
The last two years they’ve calmed to manageable (except for the occasional food disruption), mainly because my overall stress calmed. I’ve been home, without a schedule or any expectations beyond getting through the pandemic. But this year things have been more stressful as people get “back to normal”, and as a result, my tremors are acting up again.
Years ago I noticed that there are times when they are so bad that my entire body feels like it’s buzzing, and when the tremors finally calm down, I’m exhausted. Fried. A wet noodle. And if I’m lucky, I’m able to go to bed, sleep, and recuperate. That’s what I call a tremor crash.
And now there’s a new addition to the problem; inhalers. I have asthma and inhalers intensify the tremors (nebulizers are insane! I shake out of control for 4 hours). So I’ll wake up, use the inhaler, the tremors kick in, and then I’ll eat. Some days all is well, the tremors chill, and I’m good to go.
Today, today…wow. it was bad. The tremors, the inhaler, the food I ate; I was on super-buzz. We had to run errands, I was coughing a lot from the asthma, had to use the rescue inhaler, and things got really bad. I was shaking so much that I was having difficulty breathing (more than normal), which isn’t something that’s happened before. I made it to the bedroom when we got home and fell asleep for a few hours. I’m still feeling weak and shaky, but I can breathe ok.
All this did, besides freaking me out a lot, was intensify my determination to work from home, to actually make a living from, if need be, my bed. I cannot have something like this happen at a job, right? You may have noticed some changes on the website, such as returning to This Healing Hobbit’s Life. I jump in without thinking things through, and I suddenly realized that I simply needed to make a few changes and not mess with whatever internet following I have. Sometimes it just takes me a while to get the point. lol
Check out the Essential Tremor website (March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month, too); you’d be surprised how many people have it and don’t even know it.
And as always, I hope to be of service for you and/or your pets!
With hope and love,
©Pip Miller – February 2022