Alphabet soup challenge, the letter B

Alphabet Soup Challenge

Objective: To encourage daily blogging

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1) Use each letter in the alphabet to inspire a story, memory, occasion, poem, recipe, blog, photo or any other post of your choice. You can make up your own words or use these ones.

2) Words need not be in alphabetical order, as long as you use every letter of the alphabet by the end of the challenge

3) Link each post to  cathylynnbrooks.com 

4) Challenge others by sharing

5) HAVE FUN!

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I was terribly afraid I would be writing about my best friend’s hubby suffering a stroke..instead and thank God, he has Bell’s Palsy.

For those that do not know, Bell’s Palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of your face to droop. The nerve damage may also affect your sense of taste and how you make tears and saliva. This condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.

No one is completely certain what causes Bell’s Palsy. It is thought to be caused by the Herpes Simplex virus (think cold sores) and that the nerves on the side of the face are affected with a paralysis that causes the side of one’s face to droop.  Since this is also a symptom of stroke, tests are done to rule out that particular possibility.  The tests are usually CT scans and MRI’s.

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:
  1. Sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of your face that causes it to droop. This is the main symptom. It may make it hard for you to close your eye on that side of your face.
  2. Drooling.
  3. Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye.
  4. Loss of ability to taste.
  5. Pain in or behind your ear.
  6. Numbness in the affected side of your face.
  7. Increased sensitivity to sound.

The great news is that Bell’s Palsy is just plain annoying, and not life threatening.  it generally resolves itself and people go back to normal within a few weeks.

 

5 thoughts on “Alphabet soup challenge, the letter B

  1. I knew someone who had this. It can last for different periods of time.

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    1. the docs today said anywhere from a “few days to a couple of years’..how is that for picking a duration? lol

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  2. I’ve had it several times, mine they determined, is because of the nerve in my neck swells for whatever reason, making it like a pinched nerve. I usually know it’s coming on by a certain pain in the neck I get. Mine has lasted as long as a month, but if I get medication like steroids rather quickly, it lessens the duration. The worst is when you can’t feel your mouth and your kids are poking your food back in it cause it fell out, lol. And, your eye has to be taped shut at night.

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    1. yes, we are having to tape garry’s eye shut at night and put in these nasty greasy drops to keep him well-oiled.

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  3. Yeah I can read your posts again, so sorry to read about your friends husband, it must have been a horrible shock. I hope he recovers quickly

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