Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: March 2012

After my rant earlier this week about spring never really coming, well, it arrived. And apparently, the bees came with it.

Today marks the seven week mark in my recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Things are getting better slowly. I have more good days than bad, with more good hours than bad. That’s a sign of improvement. If I overdo it, I do pay a price. Monday, I worked for about 4 hours, and about 5 on Tuesday, with some other personal chores thrown in. Today I worked 5, and then I fell apart… Read More

The weather here is getting ridiculous. While most of the country is suffering with 80 degree days, we have sideways snow, hail and rain mix. This is not spring. This is some mixed up, post-apocalyptic season that will require the survivors to grow gills. We can’t set foot in our backyard without sinking up to our ankles in mud, something which the weeds in our garden love, as they take over before… Read More

This weekend we’ve had snow, sleet, hail, drizzle, rain, sun, heavy rain, cloudbursts, and now, this: Oh yeah, we’ve had dark too.

Yesterday was both the six week mark since I felt my first effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and the one year mark since my ‘Year of Pain’ began. You see, on my way to catch the train home from work on March 14, 2011, I slipped and face-planted into the sidewalk, splitting my chin and lip open. The cut on my chin eventually became home to a rather nasty staph infection that took… Read More

It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve watched a lot of television since being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome at the beginning of February. I’ve been clearing the backlog on my DVR of things like CBS’s Person Of Interest (the whole season), Fox’s Alcatraz and Discovery’s Gold Rush, but I have also been getting my money’s worth (and more) from both my NetFlix DVD queue and my Instant Watch Queue. Below is a list… Read More

So it’s been 5 weeks since I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Recovery is progressing. As I have found out from the members of the GBS-CIDP Foundation International Facebook Group, GBS also stands for Getting Better Slowly. The group is really supportive, and gives me hope that I will eventually get better. It has also made me realize, again, how lucky I was to be treated when I was. Taking last week… Read More