So, Reese feels as though somehow my dad may have damaged his cerebellum. This does not in any way, shape or form mean that my dad is paralyzed. He has absolutely no intellectual impairment either. That means that neither of those things are what are leading to dad’s lack of balance, slower movements nor shaking (tremors). Complex physical tasks that require a lot of thought, such as sports or weight lifting, would become unsteady or halt altogether if the cerebellum becomes damaged.
The damage to a cerebellum is termed Acute Cerebellar Ataxia (ACA) or Cerebellitis. It is caused from the cerebellum becoming inflamed or damaged. Typically, though, this condition affects only children between the ages of two and seven (children under that age of eight), but has been known to develop in people of all ages.
Another reason causing damage to the cerebellum is viruses or other diseases that affect the nervous system. Chickenpox is one example, as are other infections caused by the Epstein-Barr and Coxsackie viruses. These viruses can lead to ACA.
In addition to those reason, according to the website http://www.healthline.com/health/acute-cerebellar-ataxia#Complications6, there are several other causes of ACA. These include:
- bleeding in the cerebellum
- exposure to mercury, lead, and other toxins
- bacterial infections, such as Lyme disease
- head trauma
I will be forthcoming with more information later, but what you need to know for now is that the more you know as a caregiver and as a daughter (or son), the more you can show that With Age Comes Respect.