Archive | July, 2014

Our trip to the good ole US of A

31 Jul

Wow what a whirlwind of a trip this has been. We landed in America July 9th and these last 3 weeks have flown by.
Here’s the very abbreviated version of the craziness we’ve endured in this trip. The 10th (big) Henry started feeling a little achy and that evening he had the a stomach bug. Friday the 11th was a pretty bad day for him with excruciating headaches and vomiting, by noon he was able to keep some food down. The 12th we has a BBQ at my parents house and he’s was so weak; he couldn’t even hold Anna who weighs around 15 lbs. Another clue that something else was going on was that he was unable to open a bag of chips, a jar of pickles or hold a glass of water without two hands. He went home early that night ( he stays with little Henry at his parents while I keep T and Anna at my parents; especially when they are jet lagged ). Sunday morning I got a call quite early ( I was awake with 1 of our jet lagged kids! ) saying that he thought he needed to go to the ER. At this point he could barely walk. We went to the local ER at around 6:30 am, we were there for sometime ( lucky it wasn’t busy ), they drew every lab and the doc was 90% sure of what he had; Guillain Barré
Henry was then rushed via ambulance to the Milton Hershey Hospital and was admitted on their Neuro ICU floor.
He stayed in the ICU for 7 days and was 60% recovered, which is quite miraculous with Guillain Barré. The neuro attending has only seen 2 patients with this in his 17 years walk out of the hospital to go home. We count our blessings each day!

I was suppose to go to Nebraska with my mom and the 3 kiddos, however I had to cancel it – I’m glad I did but I was so bummed :(. The airline gave me a credit which I will use to see my NE family hopefully soon!

We had family photos taken the day after Henry’s discharge from the hospital and he looks quite good for how awful he was in person ( only able to be up for 10-15 minutes at a time ).

The rest of our trip was just spent with family and Henry’s boss called me personally to tell me to take Henry’s computer away and that he was to rest and see family only!!

If this was going to happen, we are blessed that it happened when it did. Henry was to leave for Cali the Monday after he was diagnosed and then head to India and Europe after. Can you imagine this happening in India?!?! Not good

I’ve written this in two segments so hopefully it makes sense…and I wrote it on my phone (a first)!

We are now in Greece so stay tuned