This past Sunday evening we had quite the adventure. A trip to the ER as we thought I might have had a stroke. I had noticed on Friday, I think, that my lip felt funny.....nothing really major.....the only way I could think to describe it was like your lip might feel after coming from the dentist. I didn't really pay it much attention. I mentioned it to Clay on Saturday....but again, just kind of in passing. But it wasn't until Sunday....it was still kind of wonky.....just not right & he said my face just didn't look 'right'. Then he & Jon both said it looked like my left eye wasn't closing whenever I blinked. After talking to a friend of his at work who's wife is an EMT, she told him to get my butt to the ER right away because it sounded like a stroke. Kind of freaked me out! I really hated the thought of going on a weekend to the ER.....figured that would mean ALL night.....but I knew we needed to. We just prayed that God would go before us. And don't you know, that as soon as we walked in the door....to a FULL waiting room, no less.........that as soon as the word 'stroke' crossed Clay's lips, they slapped me in a wheel chair & took us straight back. Pretty much from the git-go though, they had ruled out the stroke because I could lift my arms above my head, raise my legs while sitting, squeeze their hands really hard, etc. They told us it was Bell's Palsy....which I had actually just read about Sunday afternoon while googling my symptoms. So, that was a real praise! Everyone was quick to act & SO kind. They gave me prednisone at the hospital with a perscription to take this week along with telling us to get some natural tears & eye gel for my left eye that doesn't like to close all the way. Here I had thought my allergies were just really bad......which they have been....but I'm sure the allergy eyes plus not being able to blink properly....the one was just aggravating the other. I never at all associated my itchy burning eyes(especially the left one that tearing on me) with what I was feeling in my lip. Anyways....the other big praise was that we were only gone for about 2 hours. We left as soon as Chris got home from work....around 7:30 & even with the stop at Walmart for eye drops/gel we were home around 9:30pm.
I hate posting a picture of myself.....but knew that down the road I'd like to have the comparison. I can be so very grateful that it doesn't seem to be as bad as some cases that I saw online. God is always good....all of the time, Amen?!