It has been over a year since I have worked on my Sultana. My hand tremor which had become progressively worse over the years had reached the point where I broke more than I made. Lack of a steady hand and manual dexterity limited my abilities and activities. I chose to abandon my prescription medication since it did not eliminate my tremor and affected my reaction time and I could not give up driving. Ship modelling became a spectator activity. I still enjoyed visiting MSW, reading and meeting with my good ship modeling buddies here on the island.
My dear wife had been taking magnesium to alleviate her night time leg cramps. On Christmas Eve while reading articles on the importance of Magnesium in our diet she discovered an article which described dramatic improvements for people suffering with the inherited condition "essential tremor" . The improvement had been brought about by a daily dose of 500mg. I began taking magnesium supplement there and then Ten days later my tremor has not entirely disappeared but my hands , especially the right are steadier than they have been in many years. As my Admiral says I can now eat soup in public!!! The other day I sat at my bench and tried theading blocks and tying knots using tweezers. I met with repeated success. I feel I can return to working on my Sultana and Old Blue.
I would not normally share personal medical information over the internet but hope that in doing so that any other crewmember suffering with the same affliction will benefit from my experience.
Best Christmas present I ever received.
Once more I am enjoying the journey and not just watching from the sidelines.
Kip (aka Sawdust)