羅爺爺給台灣的一封信 A Letter from Dr. Noordhoff
Lucy and I are currently living in Grand Rapids Michigan. The weather here is quite cool compared to Florida. I prefer the warmer weather similar to that which you have in Taiwan. Unfortunately, this year the weather has been much colder than previously. There have also been a lot of tornadoes in the United States, particularly in the Midwest and the states of Oklahoma. This has caused a lot of this and hardships for many people. Fortunately, we had no tornadoes in Michigan. When I was a young boy living in Iowa we had tornadoes at that time. They were very destructive and scary.
They have a large center for Parkinsonism patients here in Grand Rapids Michigan. I feel that I am very well treated here in Michigan. The tremor in my right hand is completely gone. There was a question whether they would do the right side of my brain which controls the left-hand. They felt that the risk of surgery was too great since I had a very good response on the right side. and felt additional surgeries might result with an increase in tremors `of the right hand. Although I was disappointed with their decision, I felt that they had the best interests in me and I therefore went along with her opinion. I have been given some special exercises to do that will make my voice better. Also I have received instructions on how to walk so that I will not fall down. At the present time, I can get along very well and have no problem with falling. In short, although I have Parkinsonism, I do not have any significant limitation of my activities. I have no pain associated with the Parkinsonism. Every week, about four days or five days, I go to a athletic club where I exercise by riding a bicycle and lifting weights. I try to keep in good shape. In summary, the Parkinsonism center is very good and they make sure that I get the proper treatment whenever needed.
Every day I have my devotions, and the Bible and prayers. I thank God for the wonderful people in the Craniofacial Foundation and for all the doctors and nurses that I worked with. I pray also for the patients. All of you are an inspiration for me. God bless you.