Stephen Fretz

First post: Jul 29, 2021 Latest post: Feb 7, 2022
On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Steve started showing symptoms of Covid-19. He had two weeks of ups and downs with his symptoms; however, by July 22 (Lori and his 43rd wedding anniversary), he was feeling significantly better and through Covid. On Friday, July 23, he started to have some tingling in the tips of his fingers and toes. He went about his day and woke up Saturday with slightly more tingling and feeling "off." By Saturday evening, he was becoming weak and unsteady while walking. He started to have back pain and that evening Lori took him to the ER. While there, he had bloodwork and a CT of his chest. Lori had been looking up Steve's symptoms and mentioned her concern about the possibility of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The ER doctor completed a neurological assessment and at that time felt that his symptoms were related to his Covid recovery and Steve & Lori were discharged home. 
Sunday morning, Steve's symptoms had worsened. The tingling had progressed from the finger tips to the palms of his hands and from his toes to the bottoms of his feet. His gait was noticeably more unsteady and he was feeling even more weak than he had the night before. The other significant changes on Sunday were tingling of the tongue, he began to notice a slight difficulty swallowing, and he was unable to lift or hold up his left arm. At that point (Sunday afternoon), Lori took Steve back to the ER and he was admitted after a head and neck CT and more bloodwork was completed. The head/neck CT was done to rule out a stroke. No evidence of stroke was noted on the CT. Steve was fully admitted and spent his first night in the hospital as an in-patient.