Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.Full Story >
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, police said. The attacker was later identified as a widow...Full Story >
Gay rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in Moscow but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at a demonstration which went ahead despite a court order.Full Story >
Gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital on Saturday, but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at that country's first-ever gay pride march.Full Story >
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that...Full Story >
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that irrigates...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:00:14 GMT
(RNN) - An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center has called it an "extremely active"Full Story >
An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.Full Story >
COLUMBIA (WIS) - The morning of June 1st started off like any other, but I could have never imagined that a few hours after I left the WIS studios that Friday the right side of my face would become paralyzed.
I was sitting on an airplane in Charlotte when I first noticed I couldn't rub my lips together. After realizing the whole right side of my face was motionless, I notified a flight attendant.
The pilot took the plane back to the gate where I was met by a medic team. My dad met me at the airport and rushed me to the hospital where we met my mom. My fears that I might be having a stroke were replaced by two words, Bell's Palsy.
While I never made it to my destination that night, I embarked on a whole new journey. It was now impossible for me to smile, and I wanted to understand what it was that caused things to change drastically, so quickly.
Looking back to the early morning of the first, I had noticed a sharp pain in the back of my head. I also noted that anything I ate was tasteless. Doctors at the hospital said those signs were the onset of my symptoms.
It was approximately twelve hours from when I first noticed the pain and the loss of taste to when the right side of my face become paralyzed. Neurologist Dr. David Hammett of the Columbia Medical Group says that's fairly normal with Bell's Palsy.
"The progression of all of the symptoms tends to be over hours to days which is a rapid onset," said Dr. Hammett.
I learned that deep inside my brain, my 7th cranial nerve was inflamed. Doctors cannot pinpoint what causes the inflammation, but say it can be brought on by a variety of factors including stress, lack of sleep, a weakened immune system and an array of viruses.
"The facial nerve becomes inflamed and then it stops functioning," said Dr. Hammett. "Without signals from the nerve all of the muscles go weak or are paralyzed on one side of the face."
Doctor Hammett says that anyone who has had the chicken pox virus could be at risk for having a Bell's Palsy attack at some point in their lives. The Varicella Zoster virus (which is the same virus that causes shingles) lives in the nerves and stays dormant. An outside factor then causes the virus to be reactivated.
While much of the disease is a mystery, doctors do know that its effects can last several weeks to several months and in rare cases, never change.
"Because it is so dramatic and this is a population of patients that is generally healthy, life is very much affected by this very sudden change," said Dr. Hammett.
Doctor Hammett says just 30 people out of every 100,000 have a Bell's Palsy attack in the U.S. each year. That estimate is just a little higher than the one provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. According to their website only 30,000-40,000 Americans have a Bell's Palsy attack in a year. "It's so dramatic that it kind of makes an impression on us, and it may seem even more common because of that," adds Dr. Hammett.
By day 7 of my attack, my symptoms had not changed much. I still could not blink or close my right eye, and I had to sleep with an eye-patch to keep it shut. Doctors say this is necessary because if the eye dries out it can damage the cornea. I was also still taking steroids and anti-virals which I had been on from the beginning.
"It's extremely important to get to the physician quickly if the treatment is going to work," said Dr. Hammett. He adds that if medication is started within three days of the first symptoms there seems to be a greater chance that recovery time can be shortened.
Doctor Hammett says there's really nothing you can do to ward off the onset of an attack, but there is something you can do during it. "I think what's more important than anything else is to maintain hope and believe that it is going to get better," said Dr. Hammett.
While I'm not a doctor, I know that Doctor Hammett is completely right. Hope is truly key to recovery. While going through Bell's Palsy, it can be depressing to look in a mirror or to want to be in public. With no idea when your face may recover, if ever, it can be hard to look at the bright side of things.
I think it was when I went to pick up my wedding gown with my mom that I had a breakthrough. All I wanted to do was smile, but I felt so embarrassed to even look in the mirror as I tried on the gown. I began to explain to the women at the store that I had Bell's Palsy and I couldn't smile, and one of the ladies replied, "You are smiling, you're smiling with your eyes." Perspective is everything.
By day 11, I noticed that I could move my eyebrow slightly and the right side of my mouth would curl up.
When I woke up on day 15, I could crack a smile for the first time. Now, I don't think I ever want to stop smiling! It was more than two weeks of hope, medication, family and friends, patience, many prayers and the Good Lord that finally turned my unintentional frown upside down.
As I hear stories of those who have also experienced Bell's Palsy, I'm inspired. Hope seems to be the common theme throughout. Recovery time seems different for everyone, and sadly I've heard of many cases where people have never recovered. Doctor Hammett says if recovery stalls there are surgical options that can help to reset the A-symmetry of the face. However, for those who have to consider walking that road, I know it's nothing short of devastating.
Doctor Hammett says while it is rare, once you have Bell's Palsy, you're at a greater chance of having it again. That being said, if you ever see me and I'm not smiling, remind me of this story. In an instant life can change and be very different from how we know it. So when you get a still moment in the middle of a busy day, don't forget to take just a second and whether it's with your mouth or your eyes, smile.
During Mary's journey she created a "survival" kit so that she could stay healthy during her battle with Bell's Palsy. Click her to learn more about what you or a loved one may need if faced with the paralyzingMore>>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:19:48 GMT
Last week, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said "two rouge IRS employees" were responsible for targeting conservative groups in 2012, something the IRS admitted to. However, the Exempt OrganizationFull Story >
The IRS worker says an Exempt Organization Specialist's job is to ask questions to those applying for 501(c)4 status, but there was never any intent to target conservative groups. The worker says this is not the conspiracy some are making it up to be.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.Full Story >
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