Dad giving up
I just recently registered with the site so this is all new to me.
I had GBS when I was in college in 1971. Last year, I began a new bout with it on 10/26/06 and left the hospital on 1/12/07. While going through rehab, I met a patient who also had GBS. It was his first introduction to it and he had a hard time coping with it. Each day when I saw him in rehab, I made sure I gave him a little “push” to get him going.
For your father, I’m sure that it is a very frightening experience. I was in the same place last year…breathing…feeding tube. But, because I had gone through it before, I felt that I was going to come out of it eventually. They thought that I was going to go home in a wheelchair. I wouldn’t hear of it & pushed myself to get stronger once in rehab.
Since joining this site, I’ve come to the realization that there are a lot of people out there who have gone through the same experience that I have.
Try let your father know that you have “spoken” with others who were at one time in the same position that he is in and that if they could, would be at his bedside to show him that it can be done.
Good luck & do not let him give up!