Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bell's Palsy

I wasn't able to update my blog for weeks now since I was experiencing a condition that isn't easy to handle. This isn't actually the first time that this happened to me. It was early 2005 when I had this condition on which my left face was paralyzed. I wasn't able to close my left eye and it wasn't blinking so I have to wear a patch the whole time as it might be dried and may lead to other complications. When I was smiling or talking, only the right part of my mouth was moving and I admit I looked so funny that time. Water was spilling out of my left mouth when I was drinking and it was very difficult to eat. All of those hardships and pain because of Bell's Palsy.

Yes, history repeats itself. This year I am experiencing the same thing but this time it is more severe. It has the combination of fever and flu and I was freezing inside my room despite that the air-condition was off. I had to take 2 weeks of sick leave to recover and I am blessed I have a boss who is very understanding. What also made my condition this time even worse was that no family was around. No one was taking care of me so I have to be independent and take all necessary things on my own. I can't even walk straight, I was like drunk when I was walking and dizzy all the time. So I have to go to doctor by myself and I admit it was so dangerous as I might be hit by a car when crossing as I can't walk straight and my left eye was a bit blurry. Also, I was not surrounded by close friends, those people that show me the care and will check out on me. I was kind of depressed that time since I can't do anything, I was on the bed all the time and the things that I can only do was to drink the medicine and go to bathroom.

Based on some research, Bell's palsy might happen to a person because of too much stress, pressure, overthinking, sadness and always tired. Other causes might be brain tumor, stroke and Lyme disease. As of writing, I am now 50% recovered and back at work. Also, I am back in the gym and I am blessed that I have a trainer who is so patient and knows what he is doing to get me back on my feet. I am also touched by the gestures showed to me by some officemates and felt the sincere concern towards me. I am also blessed with friends from Manila and Singapore who were messaging me and praying for my speedy recovery. I know this is another trial on which I can overcome. These past few weeks were the lowest point of my life here in Dubai and I almost gave up but I know that He is watching and guiding me.

Image taken from daviddarling.info


Marki said...

Nice post. Stay strong, it will come back to normal. Be patient. Kudos to your trainer, it's a difficult job in that condition.

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