Hi everyone. Long time no post but I'm back. Disney was fantastic, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy want me to tell you "Hello." Our family vacation was amazing. We walked 150 miles a day, ate a ton of food and the boys made me ride almost ( yes, almost) every roller coaster in 7 parks. We came home and needed a vacation from our vacation. I've added a few Disney pics to the ABOUT tab if you're interested.
A Scary Story
About a week after vacation our 18 year old son Ethan complained of pain in his left ear. Ethan never complains of being sick or painful so if he does, we pay close attention. He swam quite a bit on vacation and is employed as a lifeguard at a local pool. He practically lives in water and assumed he had an ear infection. After a visit to our family doctor, this was confirmed and Doc had Ethan start using Cipro ear drops to clear up the infection. Other than being a little painful, all seemed to be going OK for the next 2 days. He went to work and continued with his routine. We didn't see him much due to his schedule but by the third night Ethan told me that he had trouble eating his lunch at work that day because his mouth "didn't work right" and complained that he couldn't blink his left eye. I watched him blink and noticed that his right eye would blink and then his left eye would follow. I just about came out of my skin. Fearing a reaction to the medicine, I called the doctor with the symptoms and she told me to bring Ethan to the office first thing in the morning.
The next day at the medical office Ethan talked about his week and laughed about our vacation adventures. While we waited for the doctor I watched him chatter on about random subjects all the while my heart sinking. Although his voice and tone were full of smiles, his usual animated facial expressions were muted and he could no longer smile correctly. The entire left side of his face was drooping and he had no control over any of the muscles. (Insert red lights flashing and a mother's internal screams here.)
Both doctors in the practice thoroughly examined and questioned Ethan and consulted with a doctor outside the practice. They determined that Ethan wasn't having a reaction to the medication and the facial paralysis was caused by a condition called Bell's Palsy. The doctors spent a lot of time going over the diagnosis and course of treatment with Ethan. We have the most wonderful and caring doctors. They told Ethan that because he noticed the symptoms early he should make a complete recovery. If you've ever been in a situation like this you can understand that I wanted to come completely unglued. Instead I watched Ethan with his positive demeanor talk with his doctors and it made me smile. What a great kid we have. Ethan, through everything remains the same jokester he's always been, could care less about his smile changing and thinks it's cool that he can sleep with one eye open...what a positive outlook he has and for this we are most blessed. If you or your family are going though a difficult time or a similar situation, hang in there and stay positive. The Hecker family sends our thoughts and prayers your way.
Enjoy your freebie and
Ladybug Hide N Seek flew into the studio this weekend.
Thank you to everyone for sending wonderful e-mails and comments wishing Ethan the best. We appreciate each and every one <3
Have a marvelous week.