I was paralyzed after having my first flu shot in 2011. It is called GBS. I re-paralyzed 2 more times before [another hospital] figured out what the problem was. I got the worst form of it called CIDP. They added medication to my treatment, and I finally got to go home. [Because of this,] I had to start over just as a baby would learn to use its muscles.
I worked with all of the amazing therapists they have at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. They are the best! They came to my home for therapy, until I was strong enough. They are great at listening to what you have to say, figuring out what the problem is, and how to go about fixing it. Believe me, you are in good hands if you choose to go to them for therapy! They are genuinely caring people, who work hard on your behalf!!
Editor’s Note: Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. The cause is unknown, although about 50% of the cases occur shortly after a microbial infection, some as simple as the common flu. Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is an even rarer disorder of the peripheral nerves characterized by gradually increasing weakness of the legs and arms.