Shortly after returning from a trip to Southeast Asia, Jess started having flu-like symptoms. On December 31, he woke up, tried to get out of bed, and realized he could not walk. He had numbness and tingling in his hands and feet. He could only crawl to get to the bathroom. Eventually, he called an ambulance and was taken to the emergency room.
At the hospital, his symptoms progressed to difficulty swallowing, paralysis on one side of his face, and severe pain in his extremities. Tests revealed he had Guillain-Barre Syndrome -- his immune system was attacking his peripheral nervous system. (What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?)
Jess was hospitalized and treated for GBS and is now at the acute inpatient rehab unit at St. Mary's Hospital. He will have many months ahead of him recovering with physical therapy.
The anticipated road to recovery has already begun to incur significant financial strain on Jess and our family. We're asking for your generous help for our brother/son/uncle/dad with his medical expenses to get him back to his awesome, adventurous life!
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Be sure to
check back on this site for updates on Jess's recovery!