The day after my finger injury, I found myself twitching my right eye. At lunch, I found having difficulty drinking from straw, and having trouble getting food in my mouth…
Possibly a allergic reaction to the medication, and if that the case, it could be a serious issue… I went back to the University Employee Clinic and there, I was told I must go to ER. It could be a serious issue. To be honest, it is not the place I want to be on the Friday afternoon, but my wife did not allow me to just skip.
After a short stay at ER, I was diagnosed for Bell’s Palsy; Basically something is wrong with my facial nerve, but for no particular reasons…
My left half of my face was paralyzed, which made my left eyes do not blink. As a result, I was unconsciously blink more, which let my left eye blink often that felt like twitching. Doctor told me to blink, raise eyebrow, smile, etc, and and this is all I could do.
I could raise my right (left on the picture) eyebrow, smile right half of my face. The same happen when I try to open my mouth, or close my mouth tight.
I’m now under antibiotic for my thumb, antiviral and steroid for my bell’s palsy. I’m also taking some vitamins that I was told to be good for the nerve problem. It may take a week to a few weeks. It seems like there’s no definite cure, as its cause is not totally known… Not for the cure, but to protect my eye from drying, I need to use eye drop very often, and also tape my left eye when I go sleep to keep it closed…
I was told that acupuncture works well, so I went to my first time in my life acupuncture treatment.
It was actually pretty scary first, but once needles were in, it’s not so bad.
The worst thing about this is in result, I missed an autocross event today, and not sure how soon I can get back to the race.
For the positive side, I now can wink, which I could never do. since I can’t really blink my left eyes, when I blink, it become winking on my right eye. Also, it’s kind of look like a “Bad-Ass” when I smile just one side of my mouth.
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