This drug has and is changing me and improving the quality of my life so I wanted to write about it.
First off, I got hooked up with a psychiatrist at Duke who specializes in treating degenerating brains. In fact, he bases himself at the brain tumor center and sees HD patients only occasionally.
I could write a whole blog about what a wonderful experience it has been to see a data driven psychiatrist but I am here to talk about the drug.
Amantadine is used to treat Parkinson’s symptoms and a variety of other things, and My doc told me that in some people with HD it lessened perseverations. It is a hit or miss thing. And with me it was a hit.
The biggest and best change is that my obsession with eating is gone and I am able to follow my diet with no stress. I am losing the weight I need to lose and that’s the primary reason I tried the drug. But there are more benefits!
I am able to let things go that happen instead of dwelling on them. With all the energy and brain power I have leftover from all that perseveration I was doing, I have resumed cooking. In fact I am cooking ahead and freezing meals on the weekends. Never ever would have happened before.
I don’t want things like I used to. I would get fixated on a dress at my favorite shop and we all knew I was going to buy it and I did. But now I get what I need and leave it at that.
Randy says it is turning me into a new person, and I like her and feel totally comfortable in her skin.
There are still challenges, like my memory, but I am doing better than I have in years and really hope that this period will be a long, happy one.