|A Desert Willow in my back courtyard|
|A Penstemmon in my back courtyard in front of a quartz boulder|
I have continued to look for answers myself and I now believe I have a muscular dystrophy that is an autosomal dominant disease that was passed on by my mother. My mother was diagnosed about 36 years ago with myositis, but she failed to follow up with a neurologist. I am much more ill than my mother, which is typical for the autosomal dominant disease that I suspect I have; I don't believe my mother has myositis. The autosomal dominance of the suspected disease gave me a 50% chance of genetically having this disease, which is also true for my twin sister. If I have this disease then she too has this disease too, because it is inherited. This disease expresses itself differently in every person, which is true of many neuromuscular diseases. So tomorrow I will call the neurologist that did the EMG and request a referral to the muscular dystrophy clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. They will be able to definitively diagnose this illness that has seriously plagued me for the last 20 years.
|A blooming cactus in my kitchen|