22 Months With Guillain Barre Syndrome

As you might suspect from my last posting, my Guillain Barre Syndrome was the least of my problems in November. Okay, well not the least of my problems, but much lower on my list than hauling around a broken foot.

I did have a follow up with my orthopedist this morning, and had x-rays done of my foot. It is healing, and I can now stop wearing the big air-cast, and fall back to one of the fashionable post-op shoes I’ve collected over the years. Two weeks of that, then I can transition into a stiff-soled regular shoe until the foot is completely healed, probably in another month or so. So, unless I do something truly stupid, I won’t need surgery, and I can drive again. Yay!

Since I was stuck waiting for that bone to heal, I did little to push myself hard this month. As to be expected, I therefore had very few instances where I felt any sort of residual GBS numbness or pain or tingling. I do still experience a few issues with my eyes, mainly if I spend more than 9-10 hours in a day staring at my computer screen, or worse, at my phone. For the most part, however, those symptoms are gone by the time I wake up the next morning. In the worst case, when I’ve pushed too hard all week, I’m usually better by the end of the weekend if I truly take a break from intense screen work.

I’m not ready to call myself completely cured of GBS. But I can live with the symptoms as they are now, though I do hope that with time, my eyesight continues to improve. Who knows, perhaps the eyesight issues are more related to getting older, than to GBS?

Nah. That can’t be it.

That’s pretty much it for this month’s update. I like these short ones. Sometimes not having to talk about GBS is the best sign that I’m not having to think about it on a daily basis. Life is a lot better when that is the case.

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