Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quick Update

I just wanted to check in and give you guys an update on what's going on with me. I ran my 5K on Saturday morning. I did REALLY well. I finished in 32:33. That's a whole 5 minutes faster than my last time!! WOOT!! Anyhow, Casey and I came home and had some tasty hamburgers for lunch. After lunch, I decided to take a short nap, since I had gotten up so early. When I woke up, I had a nasty headache. This headache lasted all through Saturday night, Sunday, and yesterday. About 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I realized that I couldn't move the left side of my face! Luckily nothing else happened, and it didn't get worse. Years ago, I saw my father have this same condition. It's called Bell's Palsy. The nerve that controls facial motion gets inflamed and therefore, paralized. I had a suspicion that this was my problem. Anyway, I went in to see the doctor today. That was exactly his diagnosis too. Just to make sure, he sent me in to have an MRI. So, that took most all afternoon. I haven't heard the results yet, but I guess no news is good news. So, I'm just playing the waiting game right now. My head still hurts sometimes, but it is some better. Right now my left eye bothers me more, since I can't completely close it, and it dries out. I'm a little self conscious about how wonky my face looks. I can only smile on one side. So, I feel completely ridiculous. My eye also won't open real wide, so my eyes look lopsided. The doc gave me some cortisone, so hopefully, that will reduce the inflammation. I hope that I'm at least some better tomorrow. I want to go back to work, but I need a day or so to get used to this. So far, I've had to re-figure out how to drink, eat, and even blow my nose! It's just too weird. Sorry that this has rambled a bit, but I just wanted to give everyone an update on what's going on with me. I do have pictures from Saturday's 5K, and I'll try to get them posted as soon as I feel better. Everyone please send prayers and good thoughts my way that the MRI results come back normal. I'd greatly appreciate it.

2 comments:

ann said...

Yeah on the race. Lots of hugs and happy thoughts about the mri.

L^2 said...

Congrats on the 5K!!!

I've known a couple of people who've had Bell's Palsy (coincidentally both were musicians - trumpet players), so I know it's not fun. I hope you're feeling better soon.