Help, my face is broken

What a scary thing. To wake up to find your face is broken. This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, and I’ll get into that later. But for now, let’s just say that I have what they call Bells Palsy. In most cases it’s temporary. Some heal in a few days, some healing takes a year. And then it may not be healed 100%.

Bells Palsy is brought on by an infection near the ear. Some blame it solely on stress. I think it’s a bit of both. I’ve owned and run a small business for 20 years, so stress is normal for me. I get anxious about specific events that are especially stressful and some that I shouldn’t worry about at all. I’m not surprised that this has happened to me. I’m a bit disappointed – that I let stress affect me physically.

Half of my face is paralyzed. I don’t know how long it will last this time. It’s difficult to talk, to eat and to sip. I’ve always been a patient person. I suppose it’ll come in handy, yet again.

I plan to document my trials and tribulations with Bells Palsy. I don’t know if it will help anyone else that wakes up with it, but it’ll help me, I think.

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