I warn you now that this post is probably going to consist of the thoughts of a fuzzy and overtired brain. It may be incoherent, but you have been forewarned!
My recovery thus far:
Two steps forward, One step back. This famous one liner easily sums up how I feel about my recovery. I feel like with every huge stride I make towards healing I'm am thrown a curve ball that sets me back that much. I think that the problem is I am battling two things at once that are countering each other. Two side effects of the shingles in my ear are:
a) restlessness/ not sleeping at night
b) raging headaches
These both pose a MAJOR problem to getting over the Bells Palsy, for which the only cure is rest.
Last week I did a pretty good job at "taking it easy", not doing a ton of extra, but I wasn't sleeping at night. Combine that with a drive to Edmonton, and a night with literally no sleep and my body started to shut down again.
THANK HEAVENS for angels that God puts in my life to help me through all of this.
1) My husband has been amazingly supportive through all of this!!! He loves me through it all and is being very patient while I am trying to heal.
2) My Relief Society president brought over a dinner the other day so I didn't have to worry about cooking that night.
3) Kristen has called me everyday to see how I am doing.
4) I have had my family from the states call often to see how I am feeling.
5) My wonderful, wonderful mother-in-law came over yesterday and literally gave me a day off!!!! I had a gift certificate to a day spa that I hadn't used yet and she came to my house so I could have a day completely about relaxation!! I don't know if she knows just how much I needed that break!!! It was literally a godsend!
Since I had taken a week off from actually socializing I continued my Mommy's day off with a movie instead of "early to bed". I had to load myself up on Excedrin to be able to do it, but I think it was good to have the mental release of going out.
Side effects for shingles usually last about two weeks, so hopefully by the end of this week I will be feeling better. The hard thing about what I am going through is that nobody can see how tired this makes me. Nobody can hear the throbbing in my head, and it is really hard to function as a person when I feel like the left half of my head is going to explode out of my eyeballs, nose, and random parts of my head.
If I have been short with you, please forgive me ... I'm not in my right mind.
If I have been a Debbie Downer lately, please forgive me ... hopefully I will be back to my perky usual self soon!