Saturday, March 10, 2007

Buzzing Away (Thankfully)

It's been an unusual month for me. I've updated a couple of times on the strange symptoms I've been having over the past while. The latest is a diagnosis from a neurologist I saw this week. He believes that I have something called "guillain barre" syndrome. If you are like me, then you've never heard of this before, so you could always find out more here. It's a unique syndrome- affecting about 1 of every 100,000 people. Basically, I most likely picked up some kind of infection when I was sick in India or Nepal, and this kind of thing can show up a little later on. In the most extreme case, people are paralyzed and put on a respirator. Mine is a very mild case- resulting in the numbness and tingling I've been experiencing for about a month now.
I'm so thankful that it does not appear to be something serious, and I can expect that the buzzing effect will pass within another 3 or 4 weeks. It has been a new experience for me, and I can say that it definitely has sharpened my priorities in life, reminded me of life's fragility and breathed a very fresh wave of gratitude for good health. I feel like a heavy weight of fear has been lifted. There were so many people praying for me, and I am so thankful for the interceding of many of you. I wish that I could claim I worried less and trusted more through this. I guess it was and is a growing experience for me.
I am still buzzing, but generally I'm feeling a lot better. Plus, the second round of report cards is now in the bag! Woooo! That's a great feeling. In other news, I'm currently combatting the crazy humidity of HK. The only time I have experienced mold in dry old SK was when I'd hide Tupperware containers in my high school locker for months...yes, Mom, that's what happened to all of your missing containers. Anyway, a friend is giving me a dehumidifier and I'm disinfecting my house. Goooood times!
Well, I'm going to meet up with my bball team for our semi-final match this afternoon. It's a tough matchup, but hey, upsets are magical in March! Ohhhhh the MADNESS is coming very soon!!!!


Craig & Leah in Korea said...

harm, glad to hear that things should pass in the next month. a little scary as you're in a new country, not understanding all that is around you, and not being able to communicate as well as you want to - and on top of that, not knowing what's going on with you! you are a brave girl and i'm thankful to know things should turn out for you just fine.
enjoy the humidity! at least it's not monsoon season yet!

Anonymous said...

Good Luck - was diagnosed with Guillain Barre 2 years ago this week. Spent 3 months in a hospital and still have numbness in both feet and my right hand. I hope your case continues to be mild. I'll say a prayer. MJM

Anonymous said...


Just wanted you to know I've been praying for you.

Kim(Heather's friend in YK}

Harmony said...

Thanks, Kim...I appreciate that very much. I'm feeling so much better, and I'm so thankful!!!