I went for a ride yesterday, and it was just about the scariest ride in my life. All the lights flashing and sirens blaring all the way. I was riding in an ambulance, but I felt fine. I woke up from a granny nap in the afternoon and my face and arm were numb. I shrugged it off, I thought that it was because I slept on that side. I started to get supper ready, and I happened to look in the mirror and saw that my face was noticeably different, it drooped on one side and I couldn't smile.
The first thing that I thought of was stroke or TIA. The paramedics took me to Windsor so I could get an injection to reverse the stroke if I needed it. There is a four-hour window where the drug is effective, and the clock was ticking. they said it was protocol to have sirens and lights for a suspected stroke because of the time window.
I got to the hospital and they took blood tests and a CT scan and everything was normal, I hadn't had a stroke. Well, I was happy about that, but still I couldn't smile. My arm being numb was probably because I slept on it wrong and irritated the nerve, and was unrelated to my facial paralysis. I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in that arm. I was told I likely had Bell's Palsy, but I have to go back to see a neurologist this week for more testing. He asked if I had any viral infections recently, which I hadn't. The doctor gave me a prescription for steroids and sent me home.
Well, I was glad that I wsn't having a stroke but I knew nothing about Bell's Palsy. When I got home, I got on the internet and read all about Bell's Palsy. The condition is caused by a viral infection that causes irritation of the facial nerve. Sometimes it goes away on it's own, sometimes steroids are effective and occasionally the damage is permanent. Well, it isn't a life-threatening condition, and it's not progressive, so I am thankful and relieved, but I hope that it goes away soon so I will be able to smile again.
I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving/Columbus Day, I know I will, I'll be smiling on the inside!
Welcome to my family history blog. Finding more about my family's history is very rewarding as well as being interesting and educational.
I created this blog to share my thoughts, experiences, tips and resources in my search for my ancestors' history and maybe, help you in your research as well. I am particularly interested in the history of Upper Canada and the Loyalist period in history.
My Carnival Blogs
- Black Sheep Canadian Ancestors - The Quaker Loyalist Turncoats
- Cabinet of Curiosities #15 - What Did I Dig Up?
- Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture # 12 - Letter From Ireland
- COG # 68 - A Tribute to Women - Sarah Haines, UEL
- COG # 69 - What If...The British Won the Revolutionary War?
- COG #71-Local History - The Tomato Capital of Canada - Leamington, Ontario
- COG #73 - The Good Earth - Vege-Land
- COG #75- Justice and Independence - The Loyalists Viewpoint
- COG #76 - My Favouriite Summer Vacation
- COG #77 - Disasters - God's Wrath
- COG #81 - A Short But Full Life
- Smile for the Camera #11 - Brothers and Sisters
- Smile for the Camera #12 - Noble Life - Rev. T. Neil Libby
- Smile For The Camera #15 - They Worked Hard For The Family
- Smile for the Camera - All Creatures Great and Small
My Daily Blog Theme Posts & SNGF with Randy
- Follow Friday - Cape Cod Gravestones
- Follow Friday - Destination: Austin Family
- Follow Friday - Tribal Pages
- Follow Friday - Viviti For Versatile Blogging
- Madness Monday - 10 Questions
- Madness Monday - I'm Realy Connnected To My Parents
- Madness Monday - Nettie Kennedy
- Saturday Night Fun - My Grandmother's Ancestors
- Saturday Night Fun - Poetry
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - All My Grgrgrandparents
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Family Increases
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My All-Time Favourite Song
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Surname Distribution
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Nicest Things
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Tricks And Treats
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Luck!
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where were they in 1909?
- Surname Saturday - Small, Smalle, Smalley
- Tombstone Tuesday - Col. John Butler Family Buryng Grounds
- Tombstone Tuesday - Doan's Ridge Cemetery
- Tombstone Tuesday - My German Ancestry
- Tombstone Tuesday - Tecumseh
- Tombstone Tuesday - The Family Plot
- Tombstone Tuesday,Happy Birthday Great-grampa John Haines
- Wordless Wednesday - Alexander Taylor
- Wordless Wednesday - Elizabeth Simcoe
- Wordless Wednesday - Global Warming???
- Wordless Wednesday - Happy Anniversary!
- Wordless Wednesday - Jane Fairbairn Kendrick
- Wordless Wednesday - My Gardens
- Wordless Wednesday - Niagara region, Ontario, Canada
- Wordless Wednesday - On The Island
- Wordless Wednesday - The George Fairbairn Family
- Wordless Wednesday - The Taylors of Essex County
- Wordless Wednesday - Touring the Settler's Village, Bobcaygeon, Ontario