I have just been stricken down with Bell's Palsy. I am on day 5..Managed to get steroids and anti virals in the first 24 hours. I felt my symptoms worsened in the first 72 hours. I am now experiencing pins and needles in both cheeks even though the paralysis is on the right side only. I can drink without spilling but it is difficult. The right eye closes if i blink slowly so having to use eye drops and tape it down at night. The next morning the eye lid is swollen.
before i was stricken, i would use my turbo trainer, and go swimming. I have stopped doing this incase it impedes my recovery, as I have read that rest is important. Is it okay to still do light exercise? My Dr said to go about my life as normal.
I am trying to be positive. I work as room leader in a nursery and i tell every customer and the children what is wrong with me. They are supportive and it avoids any embarrasment on both parts.
I still look in the mirror even though it is painful to see. I just keep telling myself that I will recover and that there are people out there that are worse off than me. Yes I have occassional tears but remaining strong and possitive is my priority.