Joe Beernink


Just over three years ago, I wrote a blog entry chronicling my first three days with Guillain Barré Syndrome. In it, I wrote that recovery times vary from 3 weeks to 3 years. I obviously didn’t heal in three weeks. My process took much longer. At the three year mark, however, I can say that my recovery is pretty much done. That’s not to say I’m completely back to normal, but, considering… Read More

So I didn’t blog much in 2014…just 9 entries by my count. Nine. I used to do that in two weeks. So I don’t blame you if you’ve given up hope of ever hearing from me again. It’s just that there have been so many things going on that I couldn’t talk about. I was afraid that talking about them would jinx something. Or worse, get me fired. So now I’m going… Read More

It’s been a couple of months since we’ve had time to chat. I assure you that this doesn’t mean I don’t love y’all. It’s just that life has been really busy. I mean really busy. Three nights a week, my son has Little League. Reece loves playing ball, and he’s really good for his age. Friday night, while playing 2nd base, he made all three outs in one inning, catching two pop… Read More

Well, I had high hopes for December, but I caught some kind of bug in the middle of the month that knocked me down for about five days. Usually colds and such don’t aggravate my GBS symptoms that much, but by the fourth day, I was pretty numb, and my vision had gone all to hell. The symptoms quickly got better, but it put a pretty good scare into me. I’ll admit… Read More

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… Read More

By any measurement,  October was my best month of recovery since this long battle with GBS began. Rarely did I experience any of the numbness that has plagued me for nearly two years. My energy was, for the most part, better. I was able to participate in some of the family events, like making apple cider at the in-laws last weekend—something I haven’t been able to do for the past two years… Read More

September was one of those months GBS patients dream about: a steady, positive improvement of my symptoms through the month. No big setbacks. No cancelled plans due to a drop in energy. I even got good news from my doctors which alleviated some longstanding worries. On September 10, I went in for an upper-GI scope, fearing I had developed ulcers earlier in the summer from using too much Ibuprofen to alleviate neck… Read More

19th months have now passed since the onset of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in February 2012. August, was, like so many of the last few months, filled with ups and downs. At the end of last month, I began a slow recovery from a stomach bug that knocked the stuffing out of me for the first couple of weeks of August as well. I ended up losing about 10 pounds before my weight stabilized,… Read More

July had its share of ups and downs related to my recovery from GBS. There were times I felt absolutely fine—almost as good as I did before the first symptoms set in February 1,  2012. But I also got a good taste of what I fear my life, post GBS, will be like when my body comes under stress from a secondary force. And that taste was rather hard to swallow. A… Read More

If you’re checking in for my monthly update on my recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, you’re in the right place. Today marks the 17 month-mark in my journey. 17 months ago I was laid out in a hospital bed with little-to-no feeling in my arms, legs, face or hands, and worried if I was going to be like that the rest of my life. Yesterday I played catch with my son at the… Read More