I had never heard of post-Polio syndrome until we moved to the beach a few years ago. We became friends with a man and his wife and he was experiencing dreadful PPS. He was in a wheel chair and was paralyzed from his waist down. I asked how long he had been like this and he said he became ill with Polio during the big scare in the mid-50s. It was a light case and he seemed to recover for the most part. He went to college, married, and had 3 children. He worked for the VA in their Raleigh office, lived a normal life and sort of forgot he even had had Polio when he was younger. When he was in his late 60s he began to feel weak, very tired and his legs felt like they weren't supporting him. He was overweight, he said, by about 20-25 lbs from sitting at a desk at his job for so many years and he started falling a lot. In a matter of weeks, he was using a cane, then a walker, and finally a wheel-chair and electric scooter like a Hoveround. He had hand controls put in his van since he could no longer move his feet and drove his wife around like always.
About 7 or 8 years after he first experienced PPS, he died. I never did know whether his heart gave out or what happened. He was very active in local politics and narrowly missed being elected mayor a couple of times. A really swell guy. Oddly, his wife died soon after he did and his family said she just gave up, wouldn't eat and wanted to die. Since John had also had a mild case of polio in the 50s, I have wondered what the chances are that he would develop PPS. He gets very tired and says his legs hurt a great deal and he has fallen many times, in the house and at the mall and in parking lots.
I worry a lot about my niece, Debby, too. She lives alone and all of us worry about her falling. She has worn a full leg brace on her left leg since she was 6 years old. She is now 59. She said her weakness is more pronounced now and she feels she will be unable to walk at all before long.
I don't tell you this, Don. to make you anxious about your health, but just so you'll be aware that PPS apparently happens often to those who had mild cases when they were young and to be alert to any significant changes in your limbs, particularly.
All for now. Be blessed. Jesus is coming soon!
"Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
'How great Thou art, how great Thou art..."