On Thanksgiving morning, I woke up and my mouth was all weird. My ear also hurt. I wasn’t sure what was going on but when I woke up Friday morning feeling even worse I figured it was time to go into the doctor to see what was going on. Well we went in and I have Bell’s Palsy which can happen in your 3rd trimester or after you give birth. They told me it will take about 6-8 weeks to clear up. Fun.
Basically, half of my face is drooping. My right eye doesn’t blink or even close all the way. So I have eye drops for during the day and eye cream for the night. I also have to tape the eye shut when I sleep. My mouth just doesn’t work right. I have trouble eating and feel like I am giving my mouth a workout when I do. I can’t say certain words the right way. And when I try to smile it is scary. I feel like I am smiling but I look like I am pissed off or something. It’s all very odd.
They told me 6-8 weeks but hoping it can go away faster than that. But at least I know what is wrong with me now and don’t have to keep wondering.
I will just have to explain to Joshua one day why I look a little mad in all the newborn pictures of him and me together.
My husband is going back to work this next week which I am a little nervous about. His mom will be here a few more days and then my mom is coming out for about 12 days.
I am hoping that we can get through this time without too much trouble. Bell’s Palsy sounds so scary and you really don’t know how it will affect you long term.