On the positive side, baby is fine. (As far as I know, he’s still kicking…)
Remember I told you guys about more than a week ago about the insect that flew in my ear? Well, the ear problem hasn’t really gone away. The week after we went to the doc I wasn’t really good about doing those drops.
I was feeling good for a day or two and forgot to put them in. Then I got worried and started using them again. And it hurt. I could literally feel the liquid going down my canal. And I started wondering if I was allergic to this stuff. So I stopped using it over the weekend.
But by Monday it still hadn’t gone away. So I decided to step things up and do the drops every two hours.
Unknown to me, my face was slowly transforming. My mom mentioned that it looked a bit swollen. I didn’t really pay attention. Sometimes when I touch the dogs and touch my eyes I get a bit swollen and it will sort itself out. Even later when I started feeling numb, it just reminded me of those times when you go to the dentist and it doesn’t last long, and it will get sorted out.
That’s until my mom started going on the internet and told me this could be a problem that would take MONTHS to sort out and we must go back to the doc the next day.
THAT’s when I started stressing a bit. MONTHS? You are kidding me….
For those of you unfamiliar with Bell’s palsy, it basically means that half your face is paralysed. Fortunately mine isn’t total. I can still close my lips together. I can’t hold all the water in when I brush my teeth. Your eyes start going dry because you can’t blink properly (on the one side). You can’t do simple things like smile properly (it looks like a smirk, because the one side can’t go up), and frowning with your eyebrows isn’t in sync.
So anyway off we go to the GP again. He looked at my ears: good news: looking much better. (Had to be due to all that two hourly drops I had been catching up with!). And yes, he said it was Bell’s palsy. He proscribed Vit B, cortisone and eye drops. And he said he would phone the ENT and also said I had to go to the physiotherapist. But also good news: he seemed to think this would take days/ a week to come right. Whew….
So upstairs I went (this is at a Medicross where they have many health disciplines together) and fortunately there was someone available to take me right away. It was very soothing. He basically massaged my face. Then he gave me all these exercises to do. It’s like: opening and shutting your eyes. Frowning. Pursing your lips. Stuff normal people take for granted, but now I have to “teach my face” as it were… Fun times…
Dr G interrupted us all excited to say he’d phoned the ENT who was now convinced that what I had was Ramsy Hunt syndrome. But my mother didn’t seem to think so. Apparently that strain is like having shingles in your ear which would then affect the facial nerve. I do think that the ear and the face are linked, but hopefully not in that way. I have also Googled to find out that it can crop up independently in the last trimester, so it could be one of those quirky pregnancy things too.
However we went home to have lunch and tried to get hold of this ENT, who (of course) was very busy. But on the second phone call mom got through and was able to speak in all her medical language to him. And convince him that this wasn’t what he thought it was, and that there wasn’t the urgency to rush over. Just increase the cortisone dose.
Nevertheless I am still going to see him tomorrow. And get that ear checked out properly. Even though Dr G seemed to think it was all clear, I am still experiencing some pain there and still doing the drops (now it’s ear drops and eye drops) regularly around every two hours.
Suffice to say, I feel like a medical basketcase. All I do these days is lie in bed and go to doctors. Literally.
But I can’t complain. I have a kicking baby inside me and he’s telling me to hang in there this last week. Whatever gets thrown at me, just knowing he is waiting on the other side of all this nonsense is keeping me sane.