13 Months with Guillain-Barre Syndrome
It’s the first of the month, so it must be time for another update on my recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
It’s pretty much all good news this month. My energy level is up, and my strength is returning. I’d say I’m somewhere in the 90% range in terms of my physical recovery. I still have moments where I feel a little weak—usually when I’m doing something more intense than I’ve done in a long while, but it doesn’t take long for things to come back to normal if I rest a little bit.
My new glasses have helped with my reading, though I still use my old glasses for computer work. The level of magnification on the new ones is just too intense for sitting in front of the screen all day. But they do help for reading, as long as I don’t do it all day. It’s still a bit of a balancing act, and I expect it will be a few more months before things are completely normal there.
The best news is that my broken toe is pretty much healed, and doesn’t hurt, as long as I don’t walk around on hard floors with bare feet. The latest x-rays show the break is completely replaced with new bone growth (the human body is freaking amazing, isn’t it?), and I can resume more normal activities. I’ve gotten back on the elliptical machine this week, and have been out shopping for a new bike, which I hope to buy in the next week or so. I’ll be mobile again. Look out, world.
Now that my recovery is getting close to complete, I have been sending out resumes so I can head back to work. I’ve had some very good interviews, and I’m hopeful that within the next few weeks, I’ll be back to earning a regular paycheck. Occasionally, I get a little worried that the stress of a daily commute or long hours will have a negative affect on me. But I think I’m close enough to a full recovery that if I do have negative effects, I’ll be able to adjust to the new pace within a week or two, and not suffer any long term effects. I’m at the point now where I just won’t know for sure that I can do it, until I do.
I won’t be out running a marathon anytime soon, nor will I spend a week wandering about some amusement park. But slowly, life is returning to normal, and I can surely see the light at the end of the GBS tunnel. Taking the time off the last few months has really helped. Now it’s time to get back to work.