My life has changed so much in the last months. It was two weeks before Christmas and I was working and my back was killing me. I lift a lot of heavy stuff at work and I thought that I had pulled my back. I went to the doctor and she ordered a MRI because my left leg and part of my right were numb so we thought it could be a pinched nerve. Well, the MRI did reveal a crushed disk so I was told to go to a spine doctor. I tried to make a appointment, however, they couldn't get me in for a month. I said OK and just kept trying to work. The numbness was getting worse and I called my doctor and told them to get me in anywhere they could. She got me into a different spine doctor in two weeks. I took vacation from work to wait for the appointment. At this time I would try and walk and I would fall down. I called the doctor and they told me I had to wait for my appointment and if I had a cane around the house to use it. I got my dads walker and used it to keep from falling. I finally got into the doctors and at this point the feet were dragging and he sent me right to the hospital. They ran all these test and said that they were going to operate on my back because there was a bone that was moving and that causes a lot of the back pain. Two hours before the operation they cancelled it and I was so mad. The numbness had spread to my upper back and sides of my chest. They said that they needed to check some more things out because the numbness in the upper back was not consistent with the lower back. After many tests like the horrible EMG and spinal they told me I had GBS.
I spent three weeks in the hospital and the rehab hospital. I was lucky that they caught it just in time before it spread to the rest of the chest. My doctor told me to be happy because another man had GBS not long before me and he didn't make it. I went home in the wheelchair and still couldn't feel anything and that is frustrating. I remember the first time I could stand and it was great. My Mom was here and I used the back of the couch to help me to stand up from the wheelchair. I would use the back of the couch a lot. I used it as a bar to walk with and do exercise. Now after months of physical theraphy I am walking again but slowly. I used to play soccer up until just this last year so I guess I am now retired. I hope to regain most of my strength in the next few months. I am wondering if I will ever feel all the parts of my body. Parts of the feet are still numb but I am alive and walking so I am thankful for that. I am lucky and whatever life brings now I will take it head on and be thankful for what I have. My husband who was great though this whole thing. We have been together for 17 years and I couldn't ask for a better man to be by my side. My mother is awesome. It was hard to see her baby going through all that I have been through. My father just passed away 16 months ago and here I was in the same hopital as him and same rehab as he was at one point. It was hard for her to be there but she hardly never left my side. The kids are just happy to have Mom at home and out of the wheelchair. Even though they did like to play with it in the house. I am getting sharp shooting pains in the nerves and I am hoping that it is the nerves trying to work. Stairs are a nightmare for me and people have no patience when you are trying to use the stairs and they just try and go around you all mad. I try and keep postive attitude that I will get there. Going back to work has been hard and frustrating but I will keep trying to get things done. I know I have to count my blessing that I am OK and just have to work hard to get back to be able to hike and run with the kids again.