Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Mom

Two weeks ago, my mom and step-dad left for vacation in Mexico.  It was a last minute plan.  In fact, on Thursday, the 1st of March, my mom was at our house...per usual, helping me with the kiddos during the day so I could get some sleep during a 4 day stretch in working night shift.
She let me sleep extra long that Thursday, and when I woke up she had some exciting news:  She was going to Mexico! 2 days!

She was very excited, but nervous at the same time.  And then there was the "Mom Guilt"---apparently, that never goes away....she was worried about not being around for a week to help us out. She knew I would not get much sleep while she was away.....


On the 3rd day of their vacation, I received an email from my step-dad:  Mom as in the hospital.  She was diagnosed with Guillian-Barre Syndrome.  They are starting her treatment.  It would be about 5 days till she can walk again and they can fly home.

Oh, if that was only the case.

That was Thursday, March 7th. 

I don't know if you have ever even heard of Guillian-Barre Syndrome.  I hadn't.  There are so many questions and variables and unknowns associated with the cause, the onset, the course, the get my point.  Basically, it's an autoimmune reaction where your body attacks your peripheral nervous system causing paralysis starting from your extremities and working it's way to your trunk.

Within a few short days, it had progressed to her trunk, her breathing was affected and she was put on a ventilator and feeding tube.  Unable to move.  Unable to speak.  In a different country.

I can only imagine how terrified she was. 

It took a whole week to coordinate her Medical Flight back to the States.  I could go into all the grueling details, but now, that is not what's important.  It took a long time...and it was very expensive.  thank the GOOD Lord for insurance.  (P.S. If you are traveling out of the country....get Traveler's Insurance)

On Wednesday afternoon, March 14th, my sister and I drove down to Madison, WI to meet the Med Flight that was bringing my mom and step-dad home.  After a 4 hour delay in Mexican Customs.  they arrived in Wisconsin at 7:30pm.

We waited 2 more long hours before we got to see her. 

They did a complete re-workup of all her tests and confirmed the diagnosis.
She has an ARMY of Doctors and Specialists....Therapists & Nurses....and some AWESOME Med Techs in the Lab there ;)  So, I am confident that she is getting the best physical care possible. 

What makes it even more reassuring is that she is in God's Healing Hands.

I won't go into the details of all the medical happenings.  I'm not going to use this platform for the play-by-play.  If you are interested in that...or would like to follow her progress, we set up a Caring Bridge Site for her. 

Just wanted to let my blog family know what's going on with us.  Why my blogging might be even more sporadic than it already is....and request your prayers.



  1. Oh, my sweet friend. I am SO SORRY this is happening! Sending all of my loving thoughts to you and your mom! I have never heard of Guillian-Barre Syndrome, but I hope that she makes a full recovery!! Hang in there. <3

  2. How awfully painful for everyone. I can't imagine. Prayers for your mother, the medical staff, and for her family.

  3. Oh how scary...I am glad that she is home. I will be praying for her and for all of you!! Take good care of yourself and that babe too!!

  4. Oh my gosh, this is absolutely terrifying! I pray for peace and comfort for all of you watching her go through this and for all the knowledge and wisdom in the world for her doctors and nurses. I am so, so, so sorry this is happening.

  5. My cousin's MIL has GB and unfortunatly it was a long road to recovery. Hopefully your mother has better luck.
    Strange thing is, she was as far along in a pregnancy as you are...



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