Former Bachelorette star J.P. Rosenbaum shared a health update with fans after revealing earlier this week he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Rosenbaum, who won Ashley Hebert's heart on season 7 of the ABC dating show, said he's doing "pretty good" now that he's back at home.
"Today was a pretty good day aside from having headaches throughout the day when standing for too long, overall pretty side-effect-free I would say from the IVIG,” he revealed on his Instagram Story Wednesday night. "As you can see I'm up and walking albeit gingerly.
Rosenbaum was hospitalized this week and received intravenous immunoglobulin therapy (IVIG), which can help people with weakened immune systems fight off infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Guillain-Barré is a rare neurological disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. About half of people with the disorder feel symptoms in the arms or face. Muscle weakness can evolve into paralysis as Guillain-Barré progresses.
The 42-year-old reality star is struggling to do everyday tasks, but the most heart-wrenching one is the fact he can't currently hold his children.
"I still can't hold myself up, I still can't hold my kids, I still can't manipulate things in my hands, I can't open a bottle, I can't turn a key," he shared on his Instagram Story. Hebert and Rosenbaum share two kids, 3-year-old daughter Essex and son Fordham, 5. However, Rosenbaum is trying to take a positive approach.
"There's lots I can't do, but there's still lots I can do," he declared.
Rosenbaum revealed he will meet with his neurologist for the first time on Thursday. "We'll see what he says with regards to next steps," he shared.
Rosenbaum and Hebert are one of Bachelor Nation's most beloved couples, as they are one of the few that are still together. They wed in 2012 and recently celebrated their seventh anniversary. On Instagram earlier this week, Rosenbaum called the experience "very surreal and humbling and crazy, rare."
"Things you do every day, like picking up this phone, or buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, putting on deodorant, just can't do it," he said. He was hospitalized this week so doctors could monitor if his symptoms have plateaued. He will also go through "lots of physical therapy."
Rosenbaum thanked fans and friends for their support during a difficult time.
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