The other day, I received a cryptic message from my friend and fellow blogger, Charles Richey of Las Vegas Real Estate that he was out of treatment and heading to rehab. I could not imagine what he was talking about. For those of you who do not know him, he is a frequent contributor on Green Talk and has always tried to help me out in anyway that I have asked. It is my turn to help out Charles and please read the following posted by Max Chirkov, IBS Team Directory Editor at ibsTeam, a real estate blog and directory and consider a donation, a post, and/or just a “get well” comment since he reads this blog:
“Our friend and fellow real estate agent, Charles Richey, has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and is currently in the ICU at the University Medical Center (UMC) in
Guillain-Barre Syndrome: (GBS) (pronounced “ghee-YAN bah-RAY”) is a rare nervous system disorder that results from nerve damage caused by the body’s own immune system, usually in response to an infection or other illness. GBS causes muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, and numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, face, and other parts of the body. It can even progress to complete paralysis. GBS is the most common medical cause of paralysis that develops over days to weeks.
Fortunately, Charles has already begun treatment. On a positive note, most patients diagnosed with GBS recover with no residual side effects or complications after treatment – but this is going to take some time.
The initial treatment he is going through is a minimum of five days (if the disorder was caught early enough) and requires that he stays in the ICU for that time to keep a close eye on his vitals and ensure his recovery is on track. After Charles is out of the ICU and if his doctors have caught it in time to prevent permanent paralysis, extensive physical therapy will be required so that he can regain the use of his limbs and the dexterity in his fingers and hands. GBS is one of the leading causes of paralysis in the United States. As of right now, Charles is in his second day of treatment and things are looking up as he has already stated on the phone with Matt that he is feeling a bit better. There is a 95% full recovery rate for people diagnosed with this syndrome who receive treatment in time. Of course his positive attitude plays a tremendous part in this as well as well as the support of family and friends.
Another unfortunate piece of information is that Charles and his wife Jacqui do not have medical insurance. Therefore the need to call out to all the people that we can is high.
On a side note: Charles and Jacqui are well known by many fellow Realtors® as active animal rescuers who host up to a dozen animals at their house simply because of their love for animals and their giving nature. Charles Richey is the Webmaster for his wife Jacqui’s Las Vegas real estate web site as well as a contributor to many online real estate blogs and forums.
Just think, even a small donation from everyone we know will add up to a large sum to help Charles out. So, pitch in whatever you can to help Charles and Jacqui out in their time of need.
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