Bell's Palsy

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Bell's Palsy
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 12:26pm

Hopefully this thread will post! Ronan woke up on Thursday (his 2nd birthday) and I noticed that the right side of his face seemed to be really stiff, he cried and it wouldn't move, and if he smiled it wouldn't move, either. His right eye was also watering profusely and he was complaining that his eye hurt. I didn't get him to the doctor until the next morning, where the general idea is that he's got Bell's Palsy, which is pretty common in adults, but not so common in kids. The doctor we saw (not our normal doc) has me absolutely panicked, because he keeps telling me how rare this would be, and how if it's not gone in a few weeks Ronan might be hospitalized and put under for an MRI to check for more dangerous causes, although Bell's Palsy can last for up to 6 weeks in kids (I seriously don't even want to fathom that it's anything but Bell's Palsy). Have any of you ladies had any experience with this?? We've had two appointments and Ronan is checking out just fine neurologically and physically-his only problem is the frozen right side of his face. I'm 100% terrified, and I'm driving my poor kid crazy with at home neuro tests to make sure he can use all his limbs and digits. I'm a fanatical worrier, so this is definitely not good for our whole house right now! Please say a prayer for Ronan!

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Tue, 01-29-2013 - 7:53am

I have no experience with Bell's Palsy.  I am adding you and Ronan to my prayer list right now.  Hugs!

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Registered: 04-18-2001
Tue, 01-29-2013 - 6:13pm
I'll need to do some research on the condition because I think I've just seen the term somewhere and that's it. Praying for peace of mind and heart. Not worrying is a decision to make daily, hourly, sometimes minute by minute, and I've personally found it very rewarding to be set free from worry through renewed trust in God. I pray you will trust Him with all that you are. (((Hugs)))