"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Friday, July 22, 2011


Welcome to
Feel GooFriday!!!

Erika had found that a lot of her bloggy friends reading posts about being positive, so she thought she might try her very own meme. She just wanted everyone to feel good and have some happy thoughts as you begin the weekend.  Go over to her blog for the details.

"The Girl" is busy constructing a new website so for the time being this feature is being hosted by lia sophia tomgirl.  She has a great blog, be sure to check it out!

Last Week I Skipped Writing A Feel Good Post, frankly because I wasn't feeling good. This Week I'll Explain.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday my right eye was watering like crazy making my vision blurry, so it was hard to blog of even read but I was making it work.

Thursday as my oldest daughter was going to work she said my face looked funny. By about one that afternoon I had to find some straws because everything I tried to drink was ending up on my shirt.  By suppertime I could barely open my mouth.  I looked in the mirror and was shocked.  It looked like I had a stroke. Being the get internet person I am, lol, I rushed to look up the symptoms of a stroke, no I didn't have a headache, I could read, write and comprehend, I could talk just not well.  I decided not a stroke.  My husband thought I was having an allergic reaction to something.  I am highly allergic to nuts and have hay fever but had never experienced anything like this.

Friday morning when I got up everyone was gone to work and one look in the mirror scared me to death.  My face looked like that old Bill Cosby dentist routine after your mouth is shot up with Novocaine, and you feel "like your bottom lip is on the floor". Texted my husband and he said to rest, relax and when he got home from work we would decide what to do.  I hate hospitals and the thought of another stay was definitely not what I wanted but I knew we would have to go.  Jeff wouldn't be home until about 7 and I was not resting or relaxing. The right side of my body has been paralyzed for 10 years and now my face had followed suit.

My youngest daughter, Betsy, came home about 4, took one look at me and took charge.  She called her oldest brother, Kris and his wife Amber.  They got here fast and Amber took our grandson Kaden on a little shopping adventure while Betsy and Kris got my shoes on and Betsy drove me to the hospital with Kris following close behind. There was no wait at the hospital at all. The nurse talked to us, checked my pulse -rapid, my blood pressure usually very low was high. She got the doctor immediately.  He was so calm, listened to my heart and lungs and noticed a sore in my right ear.  I didn't know it was even there.  Then he asked me to raise my eyebrows, the right one didn't move.  Close your eyes, the right one wouldn't close, that's why is was watering.  Within minutes he announced that I had shingles and Ramsey Hunt Syndrome. Basically if you have had chicken pox as a kid the sores heal but the virus lays dormant in your body and can come back as shingles.  Depending on where the sores appear your symptoms then differ.  If my case the virus has attacked the cranial nerves that control the right side of my face.  It also causes dizziness, (yes I know, that's not new) and ear pain.  I have also noticed pain behind my ear and in my mouth but have been able to control it with ibuprofen. I have been treated with steroids and anti-viral drugs and do have stronger pain medication if needed. Chances for recovery are pretty good but not certain and could take weeks or months or not happen at all. I didn't have to be admitted and was only there about an hour.  I am trying to be as hopeful as possible. I have an appointment today with my doctor for follow up.

So what made me Feel Good this week!!

I have kids that are not afraid to take charge.
The staff at the hospital was great.
I have wonderful family and friends who are praying for me.
I have my faith to lean on.
That they now vaccinate kids so they don't get chicken pox.
The situation while not ideal I am thankful pain is not unbearable.
And we had a family picture taken in June.  
I miss being able to smile.

What made you Feel Goothis week?
I hope you will take just a moment to share it with me.


Dizzy C said...

You take very good care of yourself, Lori,

Shingles can be so painful I understand and the healing process takes a while.


Gigi Ann said...

So sorry about your shingles experience. My daughter gets them some of the time. She noticed if she is under a lot of stress they seem to show up. I guess they work different of each person. I hope in a few weeks you will be good as new.

Just a cute story about the first time my daughter, Jill, got Shingles, She was maybe 13-14 years old. Now I had her brother, Jack, (yes I have a Jack and Jill) who was 17-18 years old at the time take her to the doctor. When they got home, Jack came running in the house hollering, "Jill has herpes, Jill has herpes" she came running in behind him, hollering "Mommy there is good herpes and bad herpes, I have good herpes", and then explained how the doctor explained it to her. Oh those were the days, raising kids that like to tease each other, and it never changed, they still are always teasing each other. I guess that memory, just made my Friday today Feel Good.. ; )

dollycas aka Lori said...

Actually got some good news at the doctor. Finish the steroids tonight, off the antivirals, keep pain meds handy and there is hope because of my improvement so far the my face may actually recover. Can't wait to smile all the way again and actually have my eye close on its own. Soon I hope. Thank you all for your prayers. I hope you will keep the coming as prayer always helps and never hurts!!

jackie b central texas said...

Lori have had a case of shingle years ago, nothing as severe as what you are describing though... My Dad suffered from them for years and the pain was so bad at times it was horrible to see him.. Here is a lot of hope and prayer for full recovery sweetie and as many good thoughts as I can send to help you out on that journey as well!
All my best always, you take care and congrats on having children who can work well in a crisis!

Linda Kish said...

You take care of yourself. Cover your eye at night if needed to protect it. It's amazing you can find positives after all that.

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