Health issues can be a blessing
March 17, 2008 1:18pm CST
A month and a half ago I got up and found my face and neck swollen on the left side. My initial thoughts were I had gotten into something that I was allergic to. Benedryl didn't make a difference. The next morning I remembered that my mother in law had a bout with Bell's Palsy a few years ago. I looked it up online to refresh my memory and after reading the symptoms which included pain at my jaw and the back of my head I realized that is exactly what was going on so went to the doctor. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it paralyzes one side of the face, in some instances both sides are affected. Most often the side affected will droop and your eye won't close all the way. It isn't preventable and really there is no treatment. It pretty much has to run it's course, in most cases, a few months, but sometimes longer. It can also return. Many people have come in and asked, "may I pray for you?" I tell them no. Now, let me explain. My blood pressure has always been high, especially first thing in the morning. The top number usually ranged between 187 and 197. That is stroke level people. None of the doctors I had seen prior to this made a fuss about it. So, I thought it isn't that bad, I guess that is just normal for me. The doctor I saw when I went about the Bell's Palsy had a fit. They put me on blood pressure medicine and I am doing much better. The thing is, in the two weeks prior, I had gotten up with one eye bright red. I thought I was getting an infection. It was actually because of my blood pressure. So yes, my face is still paralyzed on one side. My eye finally closes. I do still have to put drops in it. My speech is almost clear. And it's getting old. But, it may just have saved my life. So I don't want prayers. I am blessed. This was a wakeup call. I'm listening.
• United States
17 Mar 08
Wow! I cannot believe they did not have you on blood pressure medications with a systolic pressure of 187 or 197. That most certainly is malpractice. I am glad that you are being treated for it now.
• United States
18 Mar 08
The main issue is that I don't have insurance. Doctors just don't care, most of them, unless they can make an arm and leg off the insurance companies. Fortunately, I found a place that charges according to what you make. And guess what, they care! They also did blood work on me. Everything came back good there except my white count was up. They put me on antivirals. Generally, a person will get Bell's after having a virus. It can be brought on by other things though. It isn't the first time a doctor has let me down. I don't imagine it will be the last.