Monday, October 11, 2010

not just a cold!

So its not just a cold for me.

Saturday night my left eye started twitching. I just thought that I was really tired and needed to get to sleep.

Sunday my lip started twitching, my eye started drying out, I started to drool a little out of the left side of my mouth, and the rest of that side started to go numb.

The REASON this scared me so badly is because 3 years ago I had Bells Palsy (facial paralysis) which is really bad for an oboe player. I was pretty sure that it was my Bells Palsy coming back on Sunday and I went to the emergency room hoping that because I was catching it early I would maybe just maybe nip it in the bud before it got to the point it did last time.

I was pretty upset Sunday night. I have worked really hard for 2 years to find places to play my oboe more regularly, and it has finally started to work. I have been really happy!!! Knowing that there was a possibility that I would have to throw that away was overwhelming!

The final diagnosis is ..... not simple.

Because I have had Bells Palsy in the past it can be triggered easier. It is caused by the presence of the herpes virus and triggered by stress and exhaustion. At the hospital I found out that I have shingles in my left ear (which is also caused by the herpes virus). The doctor figures that because I have been extremely stressed and tired combined with the shingles, and my cold my Bells Palsy was triggered easier. He told me that hopefully since I was catching it early,getting on medication early, and if I was really careful to rest it probably (no guarantee) won't get any worse.

I am going to be really selfish with my time this week. I am going to sleep as often as I can and take a lot of moments for me to relax and rest. I need my face. Pray for me.

Goodnight!

10 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh Kira! I am SO sorry. That is a whole lot of stress to not have to worry about STRESS! Sheesh! You are a smart girl for going into emergency immediately. Some would of just chosen to ignore or be in denial. Just have faith and put trust in the Lord. I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs! And rest up!

Lisa said...

Praying. Keep us posted.

Peter and Mandy said...

Oh no! You're in our prayers.

Melanie said...

Hey, I would LOVE to take Landon for a few hours, I have a few boys that would love to have him over.

Da Costa said...

Kira, you and your fam are always in my prayers! But I'll pray extra hard for you this week. I'm so sorry! I really hope everything turns out ok. Oh, and there's nothing selfish about taking it easy this week! You need it! Love you!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

BAH FEEL BETTER :)

The Boring Family said...

Don't know if this really works, but my sister, Courtney had Bells Palsy in high school (and she played the clarinet, so it kind of stunk for her, too!), and there was a lady in our ward that is into herbal remedies. I can't remember everything, but I know she drank grapefruit juice for like a week and did a few other things and it went away and hasn't been back. Worth a shot, I think...good luck!

Fred ... said...

Wow, just reading about your week it is no wonder that this has hit you. Take it easy this week and we're definitely praying for you.

Erin said...

Feel better Kira!!

Heidi said...

Will do. So will it go away with the meds/sleep, etc or just not get worse? I hope it will go away! Sure would like to see you all some time...