Back in June, former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with and hospitalized for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which, as the Mayo Clinc puts it, “your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.”
He has been undergoing extensive treatment and rehabilitation for the disease ever since in an effort to recover from it as quickly as possible. As he continues on the road to recovery, Wuerffel has been releasing updates on his condition through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director. Below is his latest [truncated] update:
I recently took a trip back to Birmingham for a follow-up visit with my doctor. As I was driving there (or more accurately, as I was dozing in and out of sleep while Desire Street’s new intern, Kyle Combest, was driving) I recalled a conversation I had with the doctor in the middle of June.
He told me I would need to “take it real easy” to recover, which I sensed was probably a good idea as I could still barely stand at that point. But he also said it would probably take at least until August before I felt fine—a month and a half away. That seemed like an eternity, and I thought he had overshot his prognosis (I’d recovered from knee surgery in less time than that).
Well, It’s September 6 now and Guillain Barre continues to humble me.
I’ve gotten discouraged a couple times the past few weeks, wondering if this is ever going to end. I just can’t seem to predict or plan when I’ll turn into “narcoleptic boy.” Several of our family plans have been interrupted by dad’s need for an unexpected nap. It hurts to hear my boys say, “Oh man…not again dad.” And while Jessica has been a wonderful trooper this whole summer, I can only imagine how this continues to wear on her too.
But on the bright side, I am having more “good days” it seems, and on the “good days” I have more and more strength and energy. I can play a little more aggressively with my kids (we went to Stone Mountain the other day and played soccer), and I’m starting to get around pretty well.
At this recent doctor visit, he was pleased with the way my reflexes and nerves are coming back (My left leg is lagging a bit behind but he didn’t seem to be concerned), and he said the fatigue and lack of energy is normal and I’ll just have to continue managing it for a while.
All in all, I continue to be grateful for the way God is healing my body, and like many things in life, I only get frustrated when I try to manage and expedite things that aren’t under my control. In fact, I’m learning that my attempt to “control” anything is often an illusion and waste of energy. I guess 37 years of practice at “controlling things” helped me build a strong personal script for life, one that makes it difficult to let go of controlling things and begin to “trust” more in the one who can. […]
So, once again, I’m finding that my physical struggles with Guillain Barre have forced me to re-evaluate some of the ways I deal with the struggles and frustrations of life. It’s forcing me to trust in my creator, sustainer, friend and savior. It’s not easy, but it is a beautiful thing!
And I’m thankful.
God bless you,
Wuerffel has requested that any gifts, donations or letters of support be made to DSM rather than him personally. Should you wish to send any of the aforementioned, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.