Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi - (Page 4)

Baby Steps Thanks to care at NMMC, new mother recovering from rare, paralyzing disease S hortly after the Carver family of Booneville celebrated the birth of their second son, their joy was cut short. Alisha Carver gave birth to baby Kye on April 5, 2009; three months later she was fighting for her life. “For a few days I had run a fever around 103 degrees,” Carver says. She was being treated for mastitis, an infection of breast tissue that occurs most frequently when a woman is breastfeeding. Then she took a turn for the worse. “The bottom of my feet and the palms of my hands tingled like they had needles poking in them, then they went numb,” she says. “Even my teeth hurt.” No one seemed to have the answer. On July 6, she saw Eric Dukes, M.D., a family physician with Booneville Medical Clinic. “By then I couldn’t even walk anymore,” she says. “I didn’t know what was going on. I was afraid I was going to die.” A PARALYZING DIAGNOSIS Dukes diagnosed Carver with Guillain-Barré syndrome and sent her via ambulance to the Intensive Care Unit at North Mississippi Medical Center. “Guillain-Barré syndrome is a relatively rare autoimmune disease that affects the peripheral Alisha Carver’s family—including youngest son Kye—came to visit her often during her stay at the NMMC Rehabilitation Institute. 4 Vim & Vigor • SUM M ER 2 010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Baby Steps
Back Talk
It’s a ‘No Brainer’
Ready ... Set ... Get Motivated!
Having Reservations?
Stressing Stress
Second Act
Adults at Play
In Good Hands
Think Again
No Kidding
Giving Is Great Medicine
Recovering Lost Lives
Westward Expansion
Take a Deep Breath
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi