In the fall of 2005, Jim Fischer of Mayville visited a neurologist because his left hand was shaking.
Having started in his little finger, the tremors soon increased, his arm began curling inward and he lost his arm swing when walking. Soon his left leg began dragging. His wife, Fairlee, would tell him to speak louder and he wondered if she was losing her hearing. No. His voice quality was losing volume.
He used no medication for six months. Fortunately, his local physician referred him to another neurologist who ruled out other problems and diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease, primarily a movement disorder.