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Benefit for Lenz family is Thursday in Badger

February 11, 2012
By GLORIA TJADEN, Messenger correspondent , Messenger News

BADGER - Badger Lutheran Church will be hosting a Benefit Supper and Auction for the Richard and Pam Lenz Family. The Kumla and Ham Supper will be Thursday, Feb 16, with serving beginning at 4:30 p.m. and an auction at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Price is $12 for adults or $5 for children age 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the door or by phone; call the church at (515) 545-3350 for more information.

The meal is hosted by members of the congregation, and will consist of Kumla, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, dessert and coffee. Take-out service will also be available. Thrivent will be matching funds.

Richard Lenz, life-long member of the Badger Lutheran Church and Badger community, was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Lenz was attending his daughter Anna's Christmas school program in Humboldt when he first noticed his toes and feet feeling numb on Monday evening, Dec. 5. By Tuesday morning, he was having trouble walking and complained of feeling weak all over. That afternoon he noticed he wasn't able to move his arms and hands very well either. Wednesday morning he became unable to walk and was admitted to the Clarion hospital for testing. Wednesday evening he had lost all strength and movement in his legs, arms, hands and feet. On Thursday morning he was taken by ambulance to the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames for further testing. On Friday morning he was diagnosed as having Guillain-Barre syndrome and moved to the ICU where IVIG (intravenous immunoglobulin) treatments were started immediately.

He was given an IVIG treatment every day for the next five days. During the treatments he started to regain feeling and some movement, but was still confined to his bed. Physical therapy was started after the treatments and he was finally able to sit up on his own on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and began to use a walker a few days later. Following his doctor's orders and intense therapy he was released from the hospital on Dec. 22 and able to be home for Christmas. Lenz continues to have therapy three days a week in Fort Dodge while the nervous system regenerates and the muscles get stronger.

Lenz is now walking on his own, very slowly, but is still very weak and fatigues easily. At this time it is undeterminable if or when he will be able to return to work. Typical recovery time for this syndrome is between two months and one year, with some patients experiencing permanent side effects. Lenz works for Schwan's Sales as a salesman serving the Humboldt, Clarion and Laurens area.

Richard and Pam Lenz are recent residents of Humboldt and are the parents of Sam and Anna Lenz. Richard also plays drums in the Ecclesiastes Band, a Christian Band made up of musicians from the Badger community.



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