Joe Beernink


We just passed the 4 week mark with my recovery from Guillain-Barre. Progress has been a little slow lately, as if I’ve hit some kind of healing plateau. This is fairly common with GB, as patients begin to feel better, they start to do more, which leads to more fatigue. In an attempt to break this cycle, and to get ahead of this stubborn syndrome, I’m basically taking this week off work…. Read More

It’s now been three weeks since I had the first symptoms of Guillain-Barre. Here’s a quick update on what’s going on. I am still recovering. I have much less numbness/weakness than I had last week. If I overdo it, or immerse myself in hot water, my hands and feet will go numb again, but it fades pretty quickly. Early mornings and evenings are generally the hardest parts of the day. I have… Read More

Tomorrow morning marks the two week mark since I had my first symptoms of Guillian-Barre. It seems longer than that, for many reasons. The virus that probably started all of this, had me out sick from work part of the week before that, so I really haven’t had a normal week in the last three. I’ve forgotten what normal is at this point. For the most part, I am feeling much better…. Read More

I’m still recovering from this dastardly little affliction called Guillian-Barre. It’s hard to be patient. I probably overdid it yesterday, which meant I didn’t sleep much last night and that meant I felt worse today than yesterday. At times the numbness in my hands makes it feel like I’ve got thick, woolen mittens on my hands, and thick socks / leg warmers on my legs. Not that they are hot… they feel… Read More

A quick status update on my health. It’s hard to believe that so much has happened in the past week. My condition is improving. I was discharged from the hospital on Monday afternoon, and have spent the last two days either on the couch or in bed. Feeling has returned to my face and to parts of my arms, but the numbness still coats all of my fingers, and the lower half… Read More

First, I want to say thank you to all those who have offered support over the last few days. It has meant so much to know that my wife has had so much help, and that takes a great deal of worry off my mind. I am still in the hospital, but was upgraded to stable condition on Saturday night, and if all goes well, I should be going home late this… Read More

Last week, I had a rather inconvenient lower gatsro-intenstinal virus. It wan’t the worst I\ve ever had. It was pretty much gone in 3 days, and then turned into a headcold. By Tuesday of this week, I was pretty much beter. Then came Wednesday morning. I woke up with numbness in my fingers, in my lips and in my tongue. I thought I had pinched a nerve in my neck. I had… Read More