From last night: 7.5 hours in the emerg room and counting… And the paediatricians’ best guess is that Spice’s Bell’s palsy is caused by lyme disease from a tick in Costa Rica.
We were just goofing around today at lunch, making faces… And Spice’s faces are pretty darn funny. Jason made some joke about… “Crazy ! She looks like she has Bell’s palsy!” Ug. A couple of minutes later, I caught her eye and realized her face was all droopy on one side. She was smiling lopsidedly and couldn’t figure out why mommy was freaking out.
So we went to the hospital, and I’m writing this post from there. After hearing about all the weird symptoms she’s had in the last week, the paediatrician decided to do some more research. She thinks Spice (and possibly I too,) have Lyme disease, potentially picked up in Costa Rica or elsewhere? I had some specialist appointments next week anyway, and now I have another to add to the list. Sure would explain the sore neck and shoulders, fatigue, facial freezing and sore knees, though. But we’ll see on that. Whereas Spice is a healthy little dude, I’m a bit of a train wreck, and nothing is usually so straight forward.
Anyway, she should be ok. Should be. Almost always bells palsy goes away. It’s just frightening, any chance that it won’t. She feels fine, although a little kinked up from watching movies on the ipad for 7 hours. :-S (note, today she is super hyper from the prednisone. )
Normally, Bell’s palsy goes away in a few weeks, and they’re hitting her with some steroids to help it along. If it is Lyme disease, then antibiotics for that too, That’s what I am hopefully hanging my hat on, anyway. We’ll find out at the next appointment on Tuesday.
My poor baby. I wish non of this stuff had happened to her. Being in a hospital sucks.