My Stepdad needs some support :o)

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2007 at 12:16 am

      Hello all, I’m new here, and I joined because on April 24th my stepdad, Brent, was diagnosed with GBS. He’s a truck driver and he was having some problems with his hans and feet and some other stuff , went to the doctor and they thought his symptoms were that of carbon monoxide poisoning he could be getting from his truck, so they gave him a shot of penicillin or something and ran tests for it and sent him home. He then took off on the truck from here in Nebraska, and by the time he got to California he was shaking, and losing control of basic functions. he admitted himself into a hospital on a Sunday night and by Tuesday they had the tests back that confirmed what they had thought- GBS.

      My mom flew out there to be with him and had no idea how idea how long she was going to be there, not having known what it was yet, so she only packed for a few days and slept on a bench in the hospital courtyard for the first few nights as he was in ICU for the first 6 days.She has since met some friendly church people that have been helping her out alot.

      Brent had lost all functions fast and about 3 days after treatment started, he was recovering at great measures! He is now in a rehabilitation hospital there and will be a few weeks there before he will be able to come back to Nebraska.

      I was just wondering if any of you have some words of support to share with a newbie to this GBS, he has lots of time and not alot of company all the way over there, maybe a card or just a note of experience would be a good thing to share with him. They don’t have a computer there to look up all the facts, or read all the stories I’ve been able to read since hearing of this syndrome.

      I hope some of you will find it in your hearts to reach out to him and my Mom and share a little with them, I know they will appreciate it!!

      Here is the address: Brent Franken
      C/O Healthsmart Rehabilitation Systems
      5001 Commerce Dr Room 301
      Bakersfield CA 93309

      Thank You All! Sally

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2007 at 9:58 am


      I am a liasion for the foundation here in Michigan. I would be happy to send him a card. I also will private message you my phone number if you, your mom or step dad would like to talk to someone. Take care and contact me anytime if you need to.

      jerimyschilz at hotmail dot com

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2007 at 10:05 am


      I have sent you a private message with the contact info of the liaison in Bakersfield CA. She may be able to come and visit him and give him some literature about GBS that may be of interest to him.

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2007 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Sally,

      How wonderful that you found this forum for your stepfather.

      Please tell him that although it was probably scary to get so bad so fast, it was also probably a good sign because it means his diagnosis of GBS is likely correct. His rapid recovery is great too. When he’s ready, please tell him to contact us with any questions he may have as he recovers.

      Best wishes,


    • Anonymous
      May 10, 2007 at 1:11 pm

      Hello again, I just looked back and found that my date was wrong!:o He was diagnosed on the 24th of april.

      For some Great news, they are letting him out tomorrow! 😀 They will be on a flight home on Saturday!! It will be good to have them back home!! They said he is really recovering well!

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2007 at 11:56 pm


      I am glad to hear that he is coming home, what great news.