During the last week or so in March 2003, I developed a dry cough. Since it was Spring, I thought it to be pollen. A few days later I noticed that my tongue was very cold sensitive. Then, I developed problems with swallowing and my feet began to "tingle". On the morning of April 2, my face was partially paralyzed. I could not smile so I knew I was in trouble and to the ER I went. I was given a battery of tests and admitted to ICU. Slowly and surely, I lost control of the muscles in my body from the shoulders up. Three despairing days later I was placed on a ventilator. It was the worst three days in my life. A few days later a trach was placed and I was taken off ventilation. I was in ICU for three weeks or so and then discharged to a physical rehabilitation unit of the hospital for 30 days. The diagnosis was Guillain-Barre, Miller-Fisher variant.
It has been a little past three years and for the most part, I have recovered. I still lack complete control of my tongue and my speech is somewhat impaired but I can eat, swallow and breathe and for that I am grateful.
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