Saturday, May 19, 2018

9 years ago in May 19th

9 years ago in May 19th, I spent the day resting and waiting for results from the doctors.
That evening I was so tired I needed my husband to help me take a shower. I headed to bed and again, I woke up feeling like someone was sitting on my chest. I moved to get out of bed and my legs gave out and I landed on my knees. I tried to lift myself with my arms, tried to get my legs to lift me. I yelled at my husband to wake up. He came to my side and finally I was able to lift up and lean against the bed.
We decided there was no more waiting for results from doctors and I needed to be at the ER now. He helped me get dressed and helped me shuffle out to the car. Sitting in the car was easy, lifting out of the car was a little more challenging. Once we got to the hospital he helped me out of the car and I was able to make it to one of the concrete posts. I couldn’t go any further and I needed him to grab a wheelchair. It didn’t take long for them to get me to a bed; I had time to text my parents and they had a chance to text a friend. While I received a breathing treatment for what I thought was an asthma attack, I could no longer lift my legs onto the bed myself. While the doctors were going over things, I got a text from my parents telling me that their friend said to ask about Guillain Barre. Sure enough, when the doctors came back, they agreed that was a direction to look into.
Step back to the start of May~
May 2nd, on Free Comic Book Day 🙂, Adam and I had gone to go see Wolverine in theaters and then stopped by a local comic shop. It wasn’t long before I was feeling sick and we headed home. The next few days I was pretty bad off with a stomach virus, trying to get better as soon as possible so I would be ok to go to Hawaii on the 8th.
Guillain Barre can be set off by a stomach and respiratory viruses, flu, food poisoning (from chicken) and even certain vaccines. Basically these things trigger and trick your body into attacking your nerves. But it takes a bit of time to show, in my case it took around 2 weeks to show signs and 3 weeks to really hit me hard.
Back to that late night in the hospital, through various scans and a lumbar puncture that showed elevated proteins, it was confirmed it was Guillain Barre. Good thing about GBS and my lumbar puncture, by that time I was numb and couldn’t feel it. :3
Now it was down to a waiting game.
A few bits to be added for that following week over the next few days~

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