I saw the neurologist today and he was impressed by how fast I am recovering from Bell’s Palsy. I have regained 95% of muscle control in the last three weeks.
The doctor said I am very lucky, because a lot of people take months to achieve this level of recovery. Also, I will not need physical therapy or facial nerve stimulation treatments.
I have an appointment in two weeks to see an ear specialist. Since I had surgery on the mastoid bone ten years ago, I may need another surgery to clean out any leftover fluids from the infection.
I am pleased with my current rate of recovery and appreciate everyone that has prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and helped me during this difficult time.
I am still struggling with Bells Palsy, but I am starting to see improvements. The recovery processes is going to take several more months.
I can fully close my eyelid again, so I am not taping my eye shut anymore. However, blinking my left eye still requires a good bit of effort and concentration. I also get fatigued easily, since my body is still trying to recover.
The other day, I told my mom I needed to take a nap. I was exhausted, because I spent hours blinking.
My mom laughed. She thought it was the most ridiculous sounding excuse for a nap that she ever heard. However, she did admit in my case it was valid.
As of today, I can blink my left eye. It still takes a bit of effort, but I can do it. I am really excited about this, because I will not have to tape my eyelid closed anymore.
I have not gained control of the left side of my mouth yet. However, I do occasionally feel my muscles twitch around my lips and nose. That is also a good sign.
I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts. You guys have really helped keep my spirits up during this difficult time. I appreciate all of you.
I was born with inner ear deformities, so I am used to having massive ear infections and surgeries. However, this is the worst infection I have ever had. As I mentioned yesterday, it caused me to develop Bells Palsy and now the left side of my face is partially paralyzed.
The doctor was optimistic yesterday and thinks I will reagin control of my facial muscles, but it could take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Unfortunately, there is also a possibility that I will never regain control of my facial muscles.
I am an overcomer and I know I will learn to deal with whatever happens in the future. However, I still feel scared and apprehensive about it.
I have been dealing with a massive ear infection for six weeks. It started to spread and caused a sinus infection a few weeks ago. It also caused my ear drum to rupture. Just when I think the infection is under control, it starts to flare up again.
I have already completed three rounds of anti-biotcs and one round of steroids.
Yesterday, the infection started to cause problems with my facial nerves and I developed Bells Palsy.
The left side of my face is numb and I have very little control over the muscles. I can’t taste anything on the left side of my tongue. I can’t smile on the left side of my face. However, the worst part is I can’t close my left eyelid all the way shut. I can get pretty close if I squeeze really hard, but it is difficult.
As you can imagine, my eye is very dry. I have to use eye drops frequently and at night I have to tape my eyelid closed.
The doctor gave me another prescription for steroids and some anti-viral medications. Hopefully, that will knock out the infection for good.