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This is my poor Momma's new sickness. We also were at the hospital Sunday night for 8 hours. Her eye lid was droopy Sunday morning when I got her up for church. She was weak and said her head hurt and her eye hurt. After church she got worse and would not drink or eat. She was dehydrated, she felt a lot better as soon as we got 1/2 of the bag into her veins. She regained some strenght but her eyelid is swollen now and completely closed. Her doctor told us today to remind her to blink and use eye drops. We go back again July 8th.

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Around 16 years ago, we initially thorught that my mom had a stroke. Turns out it was Bell's Palsy. There is an ointment for the eye and all the things you are doing. Be very careful, some doctors will ask to sew the eye closed until the Bell's Palsy is better -- this is not necessary.
Bell's Palsy also can affect a patients ear and cause pain. It was an ear specialist who gave the final diagnosis of what was wrong with Mom. Cold and windy conditions can also make the affected side of the face more painful. Mom would use a scarf when she had to be out.
One thing patients with Bell's Palsy are often not told: it can reaccur in a ten year period of time but the second time is less severe. My mom had Bell's Palsy for a second time and the symptoms were the same but less severe and she recovered faster.
Good luck and hugs to you and your mom.
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Sorry for the miss spell of cloths. I'm half asleep. It is wash cloth that we use. Forgive me! Got to take a nap, Mommy is sleeping again.
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Thank you so much for the good info. She is so blessed. Her eye was swollen shut so it is easier to take care of. She only has it in her eye and pain sometimes too. But I can tell it is getting better. We keep putting drops in about 3 times a day and warm clothes, sometimes cold clothes to hold there for a few minutes. The blinking hurts her but she does it anyway to get better. It is working. Thank GOD! We have prayer warriors praying also. We know prayer changes things. I will be glad when this is over for her. Love & prayers, Joyce (College)
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What little I know is that you might want to use a moisturizing ointment for the eyes at night. You can apply a one inch strip to her affected eye keeping it moisturized during the night especially if she can not close the eye, an eye patch is also helpful at night time. The few people I know who have dealt with this had a full recovery with the use of medication (don't know if it was a steroid or not) but they used the ointment at night and a patch so they could sleep. Hope this is helpful, hugs to you!!
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