A mother-of-someone could not eat or blink for five weeks after a persistent cold and an accumulation of stress combined to cause total facial paralysis.
Shayna Aldrich, 34, from New York, noted for the first time that something was wrong in January.
She had withstood a Thanksgiving virus for two weeks, but then threw herself back to work, waitress during the busiest season of the year.
Shortly after New Year, while she was making pizzas with her husband Patrick, 31, and eight-year-old daughter Lola, she ate an olive and noticed it tasted like metal. She received blank tins.
Shayna didn't think too much about it until she woke up the next morning with a numb chin and increasingly sensitive lips.
The whole day her face was paralyzed.
Shayna fought through her Thanksgiving disease but it struck a blow to her immune system that caused Bell & Palsy. Shayna noted that something was wrong when she noticed that an olive tasted like metal and her daughter Lola (photo) and that husband Patrick didn't know what she was talking about
The entire ordeal took place just a few months after Shayna married Patrick in August 2018 (photo)
HOW CAN PARALYSIS BE TEMPORARY?
Paralysis can be temporary, despite widespread beliefs that it is permanent, and those who are diagnosed will never walk again.
The term paralysis only refers to the inability to move some or all parts of the body, according to the NHS. It can come and go.
There are various forms of paralysis, including paraplegia (both legs), tetraplegia / quadriplegia (both arms and legs), hemiplegia (one side of the body) and monoplegia (one arm or leg).
Known causes are strokes, Bell's paralysis, severe head or spinal cord injuries, or multiple sclerosis.
Physiotherapy can help victims regain strength and muscle mass and help some patients to get exercise again. Recovery, however, depends on various factors, including the severity of spinal cord damage. It can take up to two years for the victims to feel again.
Medication is given to relieve patients of pain that they may feel.
At Urgent Care, doctors performed tests and discovered that she had developed a rare form of Bell & Palsy that affected both sides of her face.
They believe that Shayna's cold had been a virus that she had not shaken and escalated in combination with the stress.
Her treatment: & # 39; They prescribed steroids for me to reduce the swelling around my nerves and in fact said it was a waiting game.
& # 39; They estimate somewhere between two weeks to two months or, in extreme cases, two years. & # 39;
For five days, Shayna & # 39; s face was paralyzed, preventing her from eating or drinking normally.
She could not speak well and could not blink because her left eye would not close.
It would flow with water for hours until it was completely dried out.
She couldn't spit when she brushed her teeth and was forced, essentially, to follow a baby's diet.
The most difficult thing for Shayna, however, was the reaction she ran on the street.
They all laughed well at the surprising and sometimes funny effects of Shayna's Bell's Palsy, which she says was bearable
For five days, Shayna & # 39; s face was paralyzed, preventing her from eating or drinking normally. She could not speak well and could not blink because her left eye would not close and would flow with water for hours until it was completely dried out
The most difficult thing for Shayna, however, was the reactions she let out on the street, she said she felt like a monster. On the photo: Shayna with Lola and Patrick
Shayna & # 39; s first time she smiled after Bell & Palsy, five weeks after the paralysis started
The paralysis made her face fall slightly, so she could no longer talk to people.
& # 39; I felt like a monster. I usually tried to laugh at it, compare myself to Quasimodo from Notre Dame's whistleblower, but as the weeks went on, it became harder to laugh, & said Shayna.
& # 39; Because of my age, I think that if I saw my face like that, people would wonder what it could be. I am very young to have a stroke and since it looked like this, I got a few questioning looks.
& # 39; When I said my face was paralyzed, it really didn't move. So when I laughed or smiled, only half of my face worked together. That gave us a lot of laughter and the laughter took away the fear that I would not be fine. & # 39;
More than a month later, she was working when she burst out laughing and her colleagues exclaimed that her entire face had moved.
At that time she was used to seeing only half of her face showing emotion, but when she recovered after more than a month, she felt herself again.
& # 39; I felt like a stranger was looking at me in the mirror with the side effects of the steroids. It was nice to see me again.
& # 39; People only understand Bell & Palsy when it happens to them or someone they know. If you are diagnosed, then you are not the only one, so stay inside. Do your research, educate yourself and take care of yourself. & # 39;
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