Day 208

So the antibiotics are still not working. I am in quite severe pain. I woke up this morning and now I can’t move half my face. The nurse said its probably just part of the ear infection. I have a gut feeling it’s something else. My ear is killing me. The specialist does his rounds and he is a bit stumped. He says ‘Gee I wish we had some medical students around today. They could learn from this.’ I feel like I am on an episode of House. Except I am not and I just want to know what is going on. He comes back in the afternoon and proclaims ‘I know what you have! It’s a rare form of shingles!’ OMG well at least we have gotten to the bottom of it. Now I know why the antibiotics haven’t been working. I needed antivirals and steroids instead. I am now nervous as I start googling what this all means. It says that the facial paralysis can last a week to a year or longer. I am hoping since I am young and healthy I will be smiling fully in a week. They want to keep me in for another couple of nights to monitor my face and ear. I feel relieved now I know what has been causing all the pain. I haven’t slept for the past four nights because of it. Tonight I am hoping I will get some respite. I am grateful for our medical system and the hospitals here in Australia. I have been moved to my own room now as I could be infectious. My parents came to visit today and gave me some hugs which was nice. They also gave me a herb garden. It has all the hospital staff intrigued! They think its a wonderful gift. It also means my room smells of fresh mint, rosemary, thyme and oregano. My Nurse on duty aka Husband Greg has also been by my side most of the time since I got here. He is a trooper and I love him so much.

Hamish I can feel the love you are sending me from above.

Author: Jodie Matthews

I am a mother, writer, mindful life coach, minimalist and many other things. I love mother nature. I am happiest when I am floating in the ocean. I am a keen traveller and love to explore and discover new places. You can connect with me further on instagram at @jodieleannematthews

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