Monday, March 14, 2011

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To avoid all awkwardness if we run into each other, I did not have a stroke. I have facial nerve paralysis otherwise known as Bells Palsy. It seems like a pretty classic case with the symptoms coming on suddenly after having a bad cold. No solid evidence exists for treatment other than time and facial exercise but fortunately most cases resolve on there own in 1-3 months. I am going on 10 days now and just started to see a flicker of movement today which is super encouraging. It is mega painful and I can feel every nerve in the left side of my face pulsing if I am not drug up. Sleeping is the biggest hassle, the pain comes on the worst and I have to tape my eye shut.

Rest is key as the body requires a ton of energy to rebuild the damaged nerves and allow full recovery. It has put a damper on the late ski and early bike season but if I am patient it looks like it won't foul things up completely. After getting back into shape last fall for cyclocross I have a whole new respect for the bodies ability to recover and resume high level activity, this gives me confidence that rest now will only pay off later in the year.

If you see me snarling, drooling, pirate patched, or leaking food out the side of my mouth don't worry, I am aware of it and it is likely not a permanent.

Oh yea, my prototype Gripitz were stolen out of the Brighton parking lot on Saturday after I finished watching the PowderKeg rando race. So, if you see someone out on the skin track with some one of a kind self arrest ski poles, "arrest" them.


Blogger Sue said...

Oh my. What next? Bart Man, we miss you. Bells Palsey or not, we look forward to seeing you. Heal up. Rest a ton. Get rid of that and I promise not to say anything inappropriate when I see you. Too bad we can't make it over for the wedding. We will be in Belgium for the Spring Classics. Tim's dream vacation.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about that Bart! That sucks! My wife's cousin had that like 3 years ago and I know it is definitely not the norm, but he hasn't fully recovered. It's at least good to hear that you have already had some movement. Hope everything else is going well there at work and with your family. Tell everyone hi for me.

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Blogger matt b. said...

Oh Dang, i had bells when i was in high school. awkward, goofy, had to explain to everyone why my face wasn't working. I remember the most frustrating part was trying to eat. mine went away pretty quickly, only lasted a couple of weeks. My dad also got it about ten years ago, He still has a little bit of a lazy eye if you know to look for it.
Hoping for a speedy and full recovery!!

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Blogger chris said...

Howdy. This is Chris from Mtn Dell/TUNA. I developed Bell's a year ago. Challenging stuff, as I couldn't blink for 5 months, but my case was obviously fairly severe. Drop me an email if you want some perspective on B-complex vitamins (nerve regeneration) or prednisone (hardcore anti-inflamatory, indicated to show positive Bell's results in Medline literature searches). The lack of blinking makes play on a mtb challenging, and it took me months to learn to drink from a bike bottle again. Best wishes for a speedy control of your face.

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