Thursday, February 17, 2011

new diagnosis

So I do have mumps, but have also now developed Bell's Palsy - facial paralysis on the right side of my face. There is no real treatment for Bell's Palsy, and I will basically just have to "wait it out". The swelling from the mumps has not gone down yet, but this should happen in the next week or so.

Bell's Palsy is caused the by facial nerve getting swollen and getting compressed, and thus resulting in the inability to control the muscles of the face. Luckily it is not permanent, but it will take some time to return to normal. there is no real known cause, but it is believed to be caused by a virus, so in my case most likely the mumps virus.

I am dealing with this as best as I can at the moment. I will return to work on Monday, as I will no longer be contagious. I look forward to being around people again, but I do feel slightly uncomfortable with the situation at the moment. eating and drinking has become difficult - drinking is more comfortable through a straw, and with eating I get tired quite quickly. My right eye, due to its inability to blink, also becomes dry and I need to use eye drops at least every 2 hours.

It really sounds a lot worse than it is. Honestly, if I have been able to live with diabetes, I can deal with this too. I guess the only difference is that with diabetes you don't really need to share your conditions with others, but with this it may be noticeable to others. While my face is still "symmetrical", it can be noticed when i smile or laugh, and at times when I talk. And at least with this I know that it will pass, whereas diabetes is kinda for life...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


So what has been happening this past month and a half.....

First an update on the little guy in my life.  He is about to turn 16 months - I cannot believe that soon he will be 2!  He is running all over the place now, and climbing onto anything and everything.  Still a great eater, although there are times when playing with food is a little more interesting.  I think tooth number 7 will be cutting through any day now, and as always he is being a trooper on the teething front.  Words are few, but he definitely understands most of what we say - and obeys little commands (when he is in the mood of course).

He loves going out, and cries if one of us says good bye and/or walks towards the front door.  His cars are still a favourite - and now that he walks he sometimes pushes them while just bending down - a little uncomfortable looking I might add!  And one car is not enough - he needs to push 2.

Things at the day care are still going well, but I need to start looking and making plans for the next step.

My life has been busy, and I have been supporting the medical fraternity the past month.  And not even diabetes related!  Currently I am home with mumps - yes, mumps!  Who would have guessed I would be getting mumps in my thirties.  I took the little guy for his MMR about a week and a half ago, so now I am just hoping that he did not catch it.  Mumps ain't fun either - painful, and makes eating a little less interesting too.  A week ago I had an MRI for mystery headaches, and sudden loss of smell.  The MRI came back clear (relief!!), and I am now on some pills to see if it helps clear things.  Then after a month it will be reassessed.

Needless to say all of that has been playing slight havoc with my diabetes control, although I think things are still in an "okay" range.  It has been about 4 months since my last HbA1C, so I really should be heading for an appointment with my Endo soon.

After some discussion late last year we decided that we would like another baby.  We jumped straight into a FET in January.  Unfortunately it did not work, but in hindsight now with all these medical issues it was probably a blessing, as I would have been freaking out now, especially with the mumps!  During the cycle I was not as stressed out as I was in the previous cycles, I think because this time round I was trying for a second, and I already have my little miracle.  I guess in a way I had much less to loose, whereas before when I had no baby it felt as though there was a lot more at stake - if this makes any sense.  For now the treatments are on hold, and we will re-evaluate it again in a month or so.  We still have 5 embryos on ice, so probably enough for 2 more cycles if all goes well.

Oh, and did I mention that my little guy did not shed a tear or anything when he got his MMR - my big brave boy is growing up :)