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.