Wednesday, December 7

Visiting Grandpa

In September my Grandpa Keith was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. "Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances, the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralyzed." From this syndrome, he was left paralyzed from the waist down, he also temporarily lost use of his hands.

After months of therapy and positive thinking I am proud to say that he is back up on his feet, walking with little assistance and returned to his home the day before Thanksgiving. Good job Grandpa, we are all very proud of you!

Also, I must say, Grandma Harlene deserves a big gold star. She remained fairly calm and rational throughout the whole three months. She never left my Grandpa's side, sleeping in the chair or spare bed in his hospital rooms. 

You two have worked very hard, your determination is a blessing in our family.

While Grandpa was at Madonna Rehab in Lincoln, we all took an early holiday to visit him. Mom, dad (plus their two dogs), Scott and I (plus Regis) met at Christine and Paul's in Kansas City. After a stop for coffee and bagels we hit the road to Lincoln.

6 Adults 4 Dogs 1 Van
The van was a little full, 6 adults plus 4 dogs. 

Grandpa at Madonna
Once there everyone found their place; Einstein on Grandpa's feet and Scott in the corner with a book. 

Grandpa at Madonna
Next was Edison's turn.

Grandpa at Madonna

Redinbaugh With All
It was a good afternoon, filled with crazy Grandma stories and Grandpa groans.

In Proud Granddaughter Moments

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