Allan Bense's Journal
February 24th, 2014
Written Feb 25, 2014 1:19pmJust to report the fabulous news……Allan is 90% recovered from GBS.
Since we have been home we have progressed from the wheelchair, to the walker, then the cane. All of these items now are stacked in the corner of our garage as well as other small items designed to help Alan rehab. Allan began driving a couple of weeks ago and has a full schedule everyday of therapy, work at GAC or Holiday Golf. He is active again on the many "BOARDS" that he serves on taking him out of town now once or twice a week. This week it happens to be three times that he is out of town (flying twice). His workload as Chairman of the Board of Trustees has increased with the official search for a new President of FSU. Last weekend we traveled to Wesley Chapel to celebrate Ella Kate's sixth birthday. So life as we know it has resumed.
Allan is still is experiencing numbness in both feet and pain in one. Tedious task with his hands remain a problem. So once we get past these problems and he gains a little more weight and strength we will be at 100% for which we are so very grateful.
I have noticed that Alan's level of patience has increased. When I think back and remember that he had trouble even sitting in a wheel chair over an hour, holding his head up or not being able to swallow liquids then I think of this verse easily and readily each day….This is the day the Lord has made; let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it. Psalm 118:24. And very GLAD we are. This experience has changed our perspective in many positive ways. Thank you for being a part of it.
And with this I will probably close our Caringbridge journal.
The NEW YEAR 2014
Written Jan 2, 2014 10:45pmSo now it is HOME SWEET HOME! Allan was so excited to be back in his own environment after four months of a hospital room. Gracie, our persnickety cat, who loves Allan gave us the cold shoulder for three days. Now, she is sleeping next to a sleeping Allan. Trixie and Tyson are up to their old antics and love to give Gracie grief.
The whole family was together for Christmas. We have five grand children under five so you can imagine how festive and fun it was. Now,
we are trying to find our new normal this NEW YEAR and feel very grateful to be on the road to a full recovery. We even went out to dinner for New Year's Eve to celebrate our progress. Allan goes to therapy several times a week and is beginning to attend meetings in person and by phone so he can get back to his busy business schedule. GBS just requires a lot of rehab and patience. Allan never complains and just does the best he can each and every day. We have come a very long way so we just continue to take our GBS journey one step at a time.
Once again I would like to thank each and every person who has kept up with us through Caring Bridge. You entries were very comforting to me over the last four months. It is nice to have support and know that others care. So to you, I say Merci Beaucoup and May your 2014 overflow with blessings, peace, love and most of all .......good health. Happy New Year!
Written Dec 18, 2013 8:12pmI have been feeling a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz waiting for the Wizard( our team) for our discharge date and ..............drum roll please........ We go home this Friday, December 20th! We are both eager to get back to Panama City to celebrate Christmas with our family. We were committed to stay here if we needed to but Allan is far enough along to continue the physical therapy needed to walk without a walker. He continues to amaze me everyday. In a few more months he should be back in full swing. Guillian Barre is a very painful disease and he is still in excruciating pain particularly at night.
Shepherd Center has been wonderful for us. They do amazing work here with people who have had tragic accidents. It has been incredible to witness the progress of so many patients here. We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to recover and rehabilitate with the best. Friends and family have been so supportive with so many encouraging cards, letters and calls. Thank you from the heart.
So, after a very Merry Christmas we can close the book on 2013 and leap ahead to a fabulous 2014.
May your Christmas be full of peace and JOY as we all remember Jesus is the reason for the season.