Hello Dr. Charles Bell.

Several people have asked “what happened” in regards to a picture I posted on Facebook from Chandler Hospital on Friday, June 16th.

Overnight on Tuesday night, I started to feel some numbness on the left side of my mouth. Almost like getting OraGel on your tongue. It was accompanied by light-headedness.

On Thursday morning, I woke up to the feeling that the left side of my face had swollen up. Ok, maybe it’s an allergic reaction to something I ate, or something I encountered on Wednesday. Benadryl should take care of it.

By Friday morning, I realized it was a problem that wasn’t going to magically go away. After a day of running errands, I ended up at the Chandler Regional Medical Center, under the assumption that it would be easier to go there and get seen, than to try to get into my doctor after the weekend, or go to Urgent Care and have them send me off to the ER for tests.

The ER doctor diagnosed me with Bells Palsy, but wanted a CT scan of my head, because of my medical history, just to be sure it wasn’t something worse.

According to the Interwebs, Bells Palsy is named after Charles Bell, the Scottish surgeon who first ascribed the problem as a neurological issue connected to the facial nerve.

Since that Friday, I’ve had a considerable change in my ability to talk, eat and see. Half of my face is dead. No muscle movement at all. It’s hard to eat, hard to drink, and hard to see through my droopy right eye. Not to mention that now I slur my words worse than any drunk you see on Live PD.

The doctor’s say it’s temporary, and should clear up in several weeks. Meanwhile, it’s something I have to deal with.

On the plus side, I have mastered the single arched eyebrow look. And I have the perfect Two-Faced costume.

Well, at least this gives me something to write about.

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