I took an ambulance to University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital and they still didn’t know what was going on with me. I couldn’t walk or move my arms. They wouldn’t let me eat anything, and I was starving! They put me to sleep for the MRI, and when I woke up in my hospital room, I could only move my shoulders and it was very hard to breathe. They took me to the PICU where I was on a ventilator for a few days.
I ended up staying in the hospital for two months. I had to learn to sit up and swallow. I basically had to learn how to do everything again. Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) were hard, and it hurt a lot to do all the things they made me do. I finally got to go home on July 1st, but I still had trouble walking and used a power wheelchair at school. I had a nerve transfer surgery on my right hand because acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) made me lose the ability to move my fingers.