I read an article last night in Smithsonian magazine about a neurosurgeon who teamed up with a neurologist. It seems like a logical team, but apparently it is unusual for those two disciplines to work together. These two Doctors figured out a way to insert a small electrical probe into people’s brains, and stop a tremor caused by a stroke or Parkinson’s Disease. The article went on to recount one particular patient and his journey towards elective surgery (it was affecting his golf swing) and play by play of his surgery (which he was awake for). To test if the probe was in the right place they had him draw spirals on a clip board during different stages of the surgery. The surgery was a success, his spirals went from shaky to smooth. As I fell asleep I wondered who would elect to have brain surgery.

Then today I got in the car to drive to NM with my dear husband. He likes to drive, so I had all day to sit. Why not paint? We weren’t in a car actually, we were in a SUV, and it was a fairly bumpy drive. I had time and desire to paint, but couldn’t get my hands to hold still. Then I remember the article, and thought how I just had to wait until a small town for a red light, or even a pit stop to regain the steadiness in my hands. I chose for this one small painting to paint with my hands shaking.

7 thoughts on “Waiting with Trembling Hands

  1. What an amazing painting, particularly in the context of your true story!
    Bucherville will be praying for you on your journey….

  2. Very interesting story. Even with shaking hands you choose the just right subject matter to paint.

  3. Juliana, as always, a superb rendering – in this case, both of image and of associated feelings.I surely hope the trembling you experienced is not something you now have to live with. But, if that’s the case, I’m confident you will continue to paint exquisitely. Be well. Lance

  4. why is it to unusual for a neuro surgeon to hook with a neurologist? The Texas Medical Center has a lot of teams. It’s called a DBS. The neurosurgeon places the stimulator in the brain and the neurologist does the therapy. It has been very effective in the battle against Parkinsons.

    1. Neurosurgeons and neurologists seems like a likely pairing to me too, the article I read mentioned that it was unusual for them to work together. Thanks for sharing about DBS.

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