Friday, October 19, 2012

Bell's Palsy

OK before I get into that I wanted to post something prettier.  My latest warp which has been sitting on my warping mill for a few days.  I took off the girl baby blanket but haven't photographed them yet. 

And a triangle scarf...
Believe it or not the gray is actually a pale, lovely green but my camera doesn't like that color and I haven't figured out how to fix it.  The green is an organic cotton, very soft, and the variegated blue/green is a soft wool acrylic blend.  The purple is a variegated cotton.  All in all it came out yummy, soft, squishy and warm!

 Oh and here is the horror that is my face...Two days ago I woke up and couldn't close my right eye all the way.  Couldn't spit out my toothpaste.  Looked in the mirror and I looked like I was having a stroke.  The right side of my face was collapsed.  So I didn't want to go to the ER and told Gary to call my nurse practitioner to see if she had time for us.  She told us to go to the ER.  of course.  I hate the ER.  Anyway, they figured out pretty quickly that I had Bell's Palsy, not a stroke.  So while that is good news I am GOING NUTS WITH THIS!!!  I have to keep a patch over my eye because it won't close and keeps trying to open.  Drops on and off all day to keep it from getting too dry.  An anti-viral med, prednisone, ointment at night.  bleh.  Meanwhile, I can't ride because I feel very unbalanced (Did I mention that my horse is blind in one eye???!!)  I can't thread my looms which are empty (though I might try that later, again).  I can't read very well.  TV is hard because I have to look straight ahead and that damn eye opens under all the gauze and I have to take the bandage off, close it manually, and retape.  I have been able to knit some because it involves looking down which helps.  And maybe I'll get faster at it with all the practice.  And did I mention that everyone on my list is getting knitted cotton washcloths for Christmas?? But I am beyond frustrated.  Prognosis is from 10 days to 6 months.  Or maybe a year.  Oh and some people have it forever.  WHAT!!!???  I know I was a wild child in my youth but I thought I had paid back that karma.  So, I'm trying to be patient...ignoring the drooling.  Gary gave me a straw for my wine last night.

Me, trying to smile...
So I thought I would leave you with something nicer to look at!  My Dommie...perfectly happy not being ridden.



  1. Oh Cait that has to be so hard for you! I'm so sorry and hope that you have the very shortest of cases!

    Take care my friend!

  2. Holy moly, I hope things improve for you quickly!

  3. oooh, that stinks!!.... my Father in law had it just as you describe... it did go away within three weeks or so. For some reason he believed drafts caused his and he never let himself be near a draft again.

  4. Oh, my Mom has had that twice!! Sorry you have it. She seems to have said something about a draft, too. First time she went back to normal, second time there was some permanent numbness but not real bad. I know it is irritating. Hope you get better fast!!

  5. oh, Cait, I am so sorry. What a pain!.
    But honestly, you will get better. This will pass.
    Thinking of you.

  6. Oh no! I too had a friend who got this and she believed it was from sitting next to an air con in the draft. She recovered within a few weeks - hope you do too.

  7. hoping for a speedy and full recovery.

  8. Oh what recognizable. I woke up 2 1/2 years ago one morning with exactly the same face. It is a long struggle and for me still not over. I wish you much strength. Keep on weaving.

  9. cait, keep up the positivity if you can. i took oral cortizone, i remember. i had complete recovery in two weeks, so it IS possible.