Is this a trick question??? wink

September 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm

IS this a trick question?? Thought it was at first, but now I think I have an answer. Mild cases can have a full recovery….not-so-mild cases are probably not 100%. But 95% is still pretty good…still an A. And by what standards should we judge? Recovery is in the eye of the beholder.
My first GBS in 1986 was fairly mild….if you can use those terms with GBS!! Difficulty walking, pain, numbness..I have blotted out many of the symptoms. I had full recovery for 20 years… leading a blissful life in Sunny Florida. But perhaps that was only on the surface, maybe that virus/whatever was lingering in me…waiting for me to overstress my body. My next bout of GBS in 2006 had me unable to stand for 5 months. Four years later my foot is still numb and have to be careful the way I put my hands when I sleep or they will be numb when I wake up. Carrying heavy packages too long brings residual pain for a few days. But what is worse is the FEAR…that something will trigger it again. I had a squirrel in my fireplace last week and was told to open a door and he will run out. FEAR made me hesitate because if he spread his fleas on my Oriental carpets, would I need an exterminator with harsh chemicals which could set off a reaction or if he bit me, would I need rabies shots, etc….. I wonder if many of us are not in a protective mode….limiting any kind of stress to the body, playing What If this will set it off???
So my answer would be… depends….like Humpty Dumpty, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty back together again….but a smaller crack, no problem. So if one is reading this, the crack musn’t have been THAT bad…..although it seemed so at the time….Time heals all wounds (or wounds all heels!)