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Monday, January 05, 2009

What do Pierce Brosnan and George Clooney have in common with my son?

Bell's Palsy.

Amy Goodman and Ambassador Joe Wilson had it.

And now my beautiful baby boy (all 6'5" of him) has Bell's Palsy. Something has mysteriously caused the nerve bundle that controls the muscles on the right side of this face to swell, smashing it (the bundle of nerves) into the sides of the little hole in the skull through which it arrives from the brain. The result is that the right side of his face is paralyzed. The good news is that his eyelid seems to be recovering somewhat and he can keep his eye lubricated. He is having some eating challenges that will get very old if this continues too long (some cases take as long as a year for full recovery. The fact that his eyelid is already better is very good news

He's being a remarkably good sport about it.

I told him that in Twilight, Bella goes on and on about Edward's crooked smile so he is in fashion with his.

He didn't think that was very funny.


Stitcher S said...

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. I have a dear friend who had it years ago and fully recovered quickly.

Von said...

Goodness, I'm sorry to hear that your son is struggling with the effects of Bell's Palsy. My nephew was affected with it two summers ago, he was 13; a good friend at church recently recovered from it; and Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler has struggled with it as well.

It's very scary at first, but comforting to know so many have had it and recovered. Hope your son's case is over very quickly!