Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Those of you that read this blog from time to time will know that I do not normally focus on personal issues.
However last Friday I contracted an ailment called Bell's Palsy, which I have to say I had not heard of before.
It has the effect of diminishing the power of the muscles in the left side of the face, from working properly.
In essence you look like someone who has had a minor stroke.
On Friday night, Manuela (my lady), noticed that I couldn't smile properly and insisted we visit the local casualty department.
After many tests it was decided that I had contracted this condition.
What it means is that the nerves on the left side of the face have stopped providing information to the local muscles.
The result is that your left eye tear duct, eyebrow and the left side of your mouth refuse to function in the normal way.
You still retain feeling so it isn't a stroke!
Being an avid reader, the only part of this condition that bothers me, is the discomfort I feel, through the lack of moisture to my left eye.
It seems more distressful to my children than it does to me, I suppose because of the visual effects of the ailment.
Doctors do not know what causes it, but suspect it is viral.
In most cases it just disappears in two weeks, but can take six months and in odd cases, stays with you forever.
The drug treatment is unpleasant, involving steroids, anti-virals,ointments and eye drops, but I have a full belly, clean water, a nice home and loving children, so not alot to worry about!
At 56 I have become a dribbler, which means that I can be even more outrageous than I was before!
The reason for this post is more to do with who we are.
We live many lives on our way to closeness with the great architect of the universe, and as spirit beings this is nothing more than a modest trial.