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.
Last Updated on April 12, 2016 by Julie Provost