Bell’s Palsy Recovery

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.




Blinking Deserves a Nap

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.


Thank You Everyone

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.


A Scared Overcomer

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.

Bells Palsy

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.