It is well known by now that Danny Wuerffel had been hospitalized recently with a condition known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome. When he would be released from the hospital was never really made public. However, according to news4jax.com, he is scheduled to possibly be released from the hospital as soon as today.
After the jump is a personal message from Danny posted on Desire Street Ministries' site in which he gives an update on his condition, how he is feeling and how he plans on going forward.
I’m not sure how to begin, other than to say how grateful I am for all your love, prayers and support these past few weeks. It’s truly been unbelievable! My family and I feel so loved, and we can literally sense your prayers coming our way.
I seem to get just a little bit better each day, and feel confident that the worst is behind me. I feel so grateful as my experience with Guillain Barre (Why couldn’t the doctors that discovered this syndrome have been named Smith/Davis or something?) seems to have been on the mild end of the spectrum. While it’s quite scary to literally sense your body moving towards being paralyzed, I was diagnosed pretty quickly and started treatments right away. (Like many health issues, I think the tests and treatments caused as much pain and discomfort as the actual syndrome did.) I’ll finish the second round of treatment today, then see the doctor this afternoon to find out what’s next. Most likely, I’ll be released for the time being.
I can currently stand and walk very slowly, and my arms seem to work pretty well (just very weak). I’d say I feel less like I’m paralyzed and more like I’m just very weak. I got a little cocky trying to walk yesterday and was a little humbled. I didn’t pass out, I just got real sleepy while standing (that’s my story :) My next assignment for the next several weeks will be to rest, recover and start physical therapy. All signs are pointing towards a good recovery. There is a chance my reflexes and coordination may not fully recover. Please pray that isn’t the case.
Pray I will use this time wisely. Pray I will hear God’s voice clearly and that this will be what author Richard Rohr calls "Liminal" time, or time at the threshold where God puts us in a strange situation (usually challenging ones where we aren’t in control) where we are most apt to listen and grow. "Business as usual" usually doesn’t lead to transformation.
I’m grateful for this time.
I look forward to coming back a better man and leader.
I am a blessed man.
P.S. I’ll try to keep you posted on a weekly basis.