Lately I've been dealing with a tremendous amount of personal anxiety and emotional stress. On top of this stress, I've overdone it physically with festivals in this heat. The result? Bells Palsy! Sweet!
On Saturday, July 5th, I woke up feeling weird. We'd done the Fiddlers' Jamboree the day before in the scorching heat, and I had a hard time waking up. Then when I got up, my face looked really puffy and my eyes were dilated. It took a while but I got adjusted back to normal and dismissed it as just being exhausted.
On the following Tuesday, the 8th, I woke up with slurred speech. The first thoughts with the speech were, of course, something like a stroke, etc., but it went away. I checked my blood pressure (fine) and swore I would go to the doctor if it got worse.
On Thursday night, the slurring returned, but I couldn't go to the doctor on Friday because I had another show for my jewelry. That night at UDMD, I had to leave bc I felt so tweaked out and weak. Went home and crashed. Saturday, I was in the bed all day with a few exceptions of getting up and heading to UDMD to give Phillip a break from the booth that he was running for my jewelry. I had severe body ache and what I thought was a stomach bug. Sunday was a little better.
Then this week, the slurring got worse every day. I went to the doctor today because it seemed to be peaking. I have Bells Palsy. Lovely.
It should go away in 6 to 8 weeks. I should not have any permanent damage bc mine is concentrated in my speech/tongue and not in my actual face/facial muscles. Most people would not be able to notice that my left side of my face is lagging just slightly. So there you go; now you know the deal. If you see me and I sound like I have a speech impediment or am drunk, I don't and I'm not.