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On Sunday September 8th, Allan was experiencing symptoms similar to having a heart attack.  We went to the ER and after several days in the hospital and extensive testing they Diagnosed Allan with Guillian Barre Syndrome.

Guillain-Barre (ghee-YA-buh-RAY) syndrome is a disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency requiring hospitalization. The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown, but it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu. There's no known cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.

They moved him to the ICU at Gulf Coast so they could closely monitor his respiratory system.  After getting weaker each day in ICU they decided it was important to get him more specialized care so he was transferred to Shands Hospital in Gainesville on Sunday evening.

Allan is receiving phenomenonal care here at Shands in the Neurological ICU.  We are making slow progress, but are heading in the right direction.

Guillain Barre can be frustrating and trying because the recovery is so slow and the amount of time it takes is very unpredictable, possibly taking up to six months.  We are leaning on our faith in the Lord and finding peace and hope that He will lead Allan out of this trying time and restore his health.  We ask for your prayers of healing and strength as Allan begins his road to recovery.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)


Tonie Bense posted a new journal entry, "February 24th, 2014".

Just 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 ... Lea más

Marian Johnson signed Allan's Guestbook.

Tonie and Allan, this is wonderful news of another answered pray.  Your ordeal has been a witness to so many people.  Just praising God for what He has done and what He ... Lea más

Sandy Mortham signed Allan's Guestbook.

I am so thrilled.  God is good.  Take care and hope to see you both before too long. Lea más

Randy and Linda LaMar signed Allan's Guestbook.

We're so glad you have made such great progress Allan.  Here's to continued progress to full recovery.  Take care and God bless, Linda and Randy LaMar Lea más

Thad & Mary Pat signed Allan's Guestbook.

So excited to get the last Caringbridge update. How wonderful for you to close it out. Congratulations!  God is good! Our love to you both.  Lea más

Ted and Judy Haney signed Allan's Guestbook.

Posting the final entry on this site is a reason to celebrate in this case.  We'll miss the wonderful postings you've written to keep us involved in Allan's progress and ... Lea más

Toni Jennings signed Allan's Guestbook.

What fabulous news! My thoughts, prayers and good wishes go to you both as you celebrate Allan's recovery.  Lea más

Sandra Host signed Allan's Guestbook.

Tonie,Bruce and I could not be happier for all of you. Tonie, your positive attitude, unwavering spirituality, selflessness and love shown throughout during this ... Lea más

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Murray Todd signed Allan's Guestbook.

Just read your entry and all sounds so positive and exciting!! Thrilled to know that your lives are now so much closer to normal, whatever that really is😊 thankful for ... Lea más

Sharron Brown signed Allan's Guestbook.

Allan & Tonie,Just thinking about you and wanted to say hello.  I saw you on TV when you got home.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.  Lehman said ... Lea más

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