So...I got the job in Peru. Whoo yay me!
However, it's come to my attention that if I ever want to return to the US afterward, I will need to have had the Yellow Fever vaccination, and indeed it would be a good idea to get vaccinated before I leave.
This presents a problem.
About two years ago, I had a pretty severe case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It's an autoimune disease and doctors <i>think</i> it is caused by upper-respiratory and gastro intestinal viral infection. In my case, I was getting over a pretty nasty case of mono. Basically the immune system starts attack the peripheral nervous system, destroying the meylin sheath. In the space of three days, I was almost completely paralyzed and on the verge of being unable to breathe or swallow on my own. A four day course of intra-veinous imunoglobulin stopped the progression of the paralysis, and six months of physical therapy got me up and walking again. Life as I knew it resumed.
There are several vaccinations that have been linked to GBS including the Anthrax vaccine, H1N1, Live Flu, HPV, and meningecoccus. Usually people who've had GBS are just advised to take caution, but because my case was so severe, my doctor told me I should just write those vaccines out of the realm of possibility. When I looked up information online about the Yellow Fever vaccine, it mentioned that people with a history of neurological disorders should consult their physicians, but made no specific mention of GBS. Further trolling of the intarwebs has provided no additional information.
I can't exactly call up my doctor because I'm in Costa Rica, so...if anyone is in the medical field or knows someone who is, or just has better google fu than me, could ya help me out with any information you might have or know how to find?
<lj-cut text="In other news, here is some awesome TEFL humor.">