In a strange twist of fate the condition that I joked that Lucky, our golden retriever, might have is exactly what my husband was diagnosed with this afternoon. I find it a bit freaky actual that this has occurred.
For the last 10 days Lucky has, occasionally, suffered from a droopy right check and jaw skin. There appears to be nothing wrong with his teeth, no bites or porcupine quills. The mystifying aspect is that it comes and goes. We tried, with no apparent success, Benadryl on the recommendation of our vet friend. We booked a vet appointment for Saturday am and got up to find his check totally fine so we cancelled it. Now, of course, the droop has returned. It’s obvious as he drools water and has little pebbles and grass hanging from it.
On Friday Ron mentioned that he had a tooth ache and would have to make a dentist appointment. He awoke this am with not just tooth discomfort but some numbness in his check but did not want to spoil our Mother’s Day brunch. Upon our arrival home I looked at him (which is weird because we had been together all am) and asked what the heck was wrong as suddenly I could see that his eye and lips weren’t right. So off we went to Emergency. My immediate thought was Bell’s Palsy, after I ascertained he had no arm or chest pain or numbness. Which is exactly what the Doctor there had to say so now he is on a steroid for the next 10 days. There is a very high likelihood that he will have a 100% recovery rate as he has started early treatment. He will have to be careful that his eye doesn’t dry out and that he doesn’t drool in pubic!
I couldn’t find in my research this afternoon that males are more likely to end up with this condition although it did say that those with diabetes were much more likely. There is a very small familial tendency. It is easy for most of us to visualize what the condition looks like as Jean Chretien had a bout with it many years before he became prime minister of Canada. He obviously did not have a full recovery but I am optimist that Ron will bounce back to his usual smiling face in no time at all (or three weeks which is the usual recovery period).
But it just seems weird that man and dog have the same droop on the same side. I think it takes looking similar to a whole new level. Heck I should have got a picture but somehow I don’t think either of them would have been cooperative.