Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bell's Palsy

So what would you do if you woke up one morning and half of your face had gone numb overnight? Would you dress and shave and take your two eldest kids to mass and act like it was nothing much even though you had no idea what it was? Ach, that Mr. Malaprop of mine... That is what he did last Sunday. I had slept in with the baby to go to a later mass, and so did not see him or I would've dragged him to the ER right away. As it was, we ended up there and they confirmed he had not had a stroke (which I had guessed since he could pass the "stroke test"). That was the good news. The bad news is that there is no quick fix for Bell's Palsy. It is one of those things that doctor's don't know enough about. It is thought to be caused by a virus attacking the nerve for certain motor functions, the same way shingles is caused by varicella (chicken pox) attacking the nerves for sensory function.

Now one week later he is looking much better. Who knew face muscles were doing so much to hold up your looks even when at rest?

Anyway, I think one of the reasons God gives a man a wife is to make him see a doctor when he needs to.

4 comments:

Brad Shorr said...

Jamey Sheridan contracted Bell's Palsy while performing on Law & Order Criminal Intent. He wore an eye patch for several episodes. I read that he made a very strong and speedy recovery. Hope the same for your son.

m!les said...

Wow. It's strange how you can go to bed fine, and wake up all wrong. I hope the best of recoveries for Mr. Malaprop.

Candlestring said...

It is also strange how you can go to bed fine and not wake up.

dottycookie said...

Oh that must have been absolutely terrifying. Given that I'm catching up on your archives, I hope he's all back to normnal by now.