The trust between patient and doctor is a unique one when treatment is ongoing for years. This painting is a gift for Dr. Eric Molho, the neurologist who treats my cervical dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. There is no cure for cervical dystonia. However, injecting botox into the affected muscles may reduce the signs and symptoms of dystonia.
When receiving injections, my doctor ascertains which muscles are over-contracting and which muscles may be compensating. An EMG machine measures and records muscle activity and helps locate overactive muscles. The audio-amplifier is used so the activity can be heard. Injections inserted into the overactive muscles are done with a small needle, with one to three injections per muscle.
When I received my first botox treatment, over twelve years ago, I was shocked to actually hear the muscles spasming. It was overwhelming but also very validating to “hear” what was happening inside my body. Although the treatment was uncomfortable, Dr. Molho said, “next time you will look forward to coming back.” I entitled this painting I Say Yes Again as a nod to the moment I realized there was a name and treatment for my condition. The relief I receive from my shots is immense. I am very grateful for my skilled doctor and treatment that allows me to live the full life I have.