Travel Scramble: Bells Pallsy, Soursop + Everything In Between

Family Vacay
Getting read for family vacations is always a fun time. A little bit of scramble before you’re ready for the big trip, mamas, we know how this goes with packing not only for yourself but your bebes too, but always worth it when you get to destination.

Family Vacation

Hiccups Along The Way
This time around though, after a late night of packing + prepping I went to bed with half of my face feeling numb, something comparable to a post-dentist appointment. I didn’t think much of it, figured I just needed some rest + would feel better in the morning. Woke up + it was still the same, but I didn’t want to make a big deal about it (although I was a little nervous inside), of course I “Google Doctor’d” myself; results and self-diagnosis are never a good outcome… I did learn some new tidbits of info along the way.

Travel Tidbits
Some new bits of info I learned along the way…
- There are walk in clinics at the airport, ready to help you as soon as you land or before you head out
- Numbness in the face, doesn’t necessarily mean stroke, but def always worth getting checked out
- The sooner the diagnosis, the sooner the proper treatment, the sooner you can enjoy some down time
- Seek out a Dr as soon as you’re at destination (always good to double check + get second opinions)

Bells Pallsy

Bottom Line
Gotta roll with the punches as best as you can. We can have passports ready, packing lists good to go, but you never know what’s going to come up. Go with your gut, or your intuition. My husband always the ever conscious wanted us to stay back so I can see a doctor, but deep down I felt alright, so I made the call to just go for it. Adventure first for me!

Bells Pallsy
Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can occur when the nerve that controls your facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed. The condition causes one side of your face to droop or become stiff. You may have difficulty smiling or closing your eye on the affected side.

Although Bell’s palsy can occur at any age, the condition is more common among people between ages 16 and 60. Bell’s palsy is named after the Scottish anatomist Charles Bell, who was the first to describe the condition.

Other signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:

  • drooling

  • difficulty eating and drinking

  • an inability to make facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning

  • facial weakness

  • muscle twitches in the face

  • dry eye and mouth

  • headache

  • sensitivity to sound

  • irritation of the eye on the involved side

Home Remedies
And then I learned about Soursop. I’ve never heard about it prior to this, but now I know all about its natural health benefits + I’m hooked.

  • Helps to control parasites

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties

  • Relieves Respiratory Distress

  • Treats Insomnia

  • Antioxidant activity, which comes from acetogenins, as well as quinolones and alkaloids