Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ball’s Palsy

While walking up to the top of some classic Fernie single track. My brother and I  started talking about stories I have heard of Dangerous Dan and Lance Armstrong riding and building while going through cancer treatment. I started to think about what it would take to keep me off my bike. This summer has been one of the best summers I have ever had on my bike. I have been able to ride some amazing trails and meet some amazing people. The times off my bike have not been so good. The first ride back in Fernie I hurt my knee again and it has been pretty sore for the past month or so. While taking a break from my bike I went to Northern Ontario to visit some family. I was helping my dad clean up the yard around his house and I was bitten by a wasp and had an allergic reaction. I broke out into hives, I was so itchy I was going crazy. It took me 48 hours to be back to normal.

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This past Saturday I woke up and when I went to brush my teeth the right side of my mouth would not work. Later on I realized that the only way I could close my right eye was to close my left eye. After three hours in Fernie Emergency I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy (we have been calling it Ball’s Palsy). Basically the nerves in the right side of my face are inflamed causing that side of my face to be paralyzed. I have been on medication for the past five days that makes me feel pretty sick.

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I have been on my bike twice since I was diagnosed (I should be fine) and that is pretty much the only time that I feel good. Anything from riding down the side of the road to riding down a classic downhill helps put everything into perspective for me. So what would it take for me to stop biking?

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13 comments:

Keith Scott said...

I really hope that the docs manage to sort you out mate, must be frustrating!

But I agree, it is amazing to be able to jump on a bike and instantly forget everything except the trail for a while!

Healing vibes!

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Robert "Goulet" Dunnet said...

thanks for the vibes Keith, they say that because I caught it with int the first 48 hours that I should recover 100%. it is kind of a pain to eat and drink, because i can not control the side of my mouth. and my eye not closing all the way is a problem while cutting lumber ... ha ha ha honestly the drugs I am on is the worst part. but i believe in the healing power of my bike ... and I have new wheels to test out ...

Fakawi said...

have you started on Antivirals? i'm sure your doc has already started you on steroids..
some cases of Bell's respond very well to acyclovir, an antiviral medication.
http://www.theannals.com/cgi/content/abstract/40/10/1838

Robert "Goulet" Dunnet said...

hey fakawi, i am an some roids and an antiviral, both make me feel pretty sick, and i do have some more movement on the right side of my face. things should be fine in the next couple of days

Johnny said...

I had to deal with it and its fusturating. There is no "cure" and they gave me tons of pills. I went to accupuncture and 3 months later you could not tell i had it. I still cannot smell out of the rt side of my nose after 2 years tho. Get well dude

Barspin said...

Awesome stuff dude! Keep riding and keep it strong. Riding and cycling is the fountain of youth and cure for all things.

My sister had the same thing, so I know what it's like from that perspective. She's ok now, as I'm sure you will be.

Rock on!!

Martin said...

Bummer man, were those pics taken on the day I ran into you guys?
BTW I saw that the sign for Brad's
Gay Trail has been changed to something more industrial and less Gay...

Robert "Goulet" Dunnet said...

hey martin, yah those pictures are from the day we ran into you on gorby. i think we will try to ride brad's gay trail next week and get some pictures of the drops. have not ridden it yet this year.

we should hook up and go for a ride one evening.

Dany said...

Way to stay optimistic and get what you want done. No use crying over spilt milk and shit.

Kill it.

Martin said...

I'm up for a ride, I don't do the big stuff myself anymore but I'm willing to bring a camera!
I own the Denture clinic on 2nd across from the central hotel, drop by sometime. I was discussing heading up to Three Kings some time too - I think that might suit your riding style.

Robert "Goulet" Dunnet said...

yah we have done three kings a couple of times this summer. i will stop by the clinic sometime next week.

Anonymous said...

there will be good days and bad days bro but keep all the riding days you can .

best of luck man