Note: As I was traveling to Mexico I would begin to feel the paralysis sneak up into the right side of my face and eye. The right side of my nose felt numb to the touch and as the paralysis headed towards my eye, my vision became blurred. I actually called the clinic in Mexico and let the person know (who was picking me up) that I may not be able to see them and to have them come looking for me at the baggage area. I also messaged a friend in El Paso who was prepared to come get me if someone called her. I had a note ready to give someone so they could read it, and call the number on my phone. The essential oils were a God send. I had used them to keep my airways open during the prior night when I felt like I was suffocating and while traveling, I put a couple drops of melissa essential oil (powerful anti-viral) and a couple drops of lavender (powerful anti-histamine) every 15-20 minutes under my tongue during my flight. I apologized to the woman sitting next to me when I had a moment the paralysis let up and I could speak English. I explained how the paralysis would return and I wouldn't be able to respond to her in English. She said the smell of the essential oils didn't bother her at all in fact they were "very relaxing" to her and she was grateful for them.
Before leaving for Mexico, when my ability to speak English would come and go, my sister drove me to the bank so I could sign my will (it looked like a preschooler's signature) and then she drove me to the airport. I would call another sister who spoke Spanish to explain what was happening. As you read the following Facebook posts, it may seem confusing to read English that I wrote and then to hear about my not being able to speak English. This lasted for about 7 days. I could type on my phone but I couldn't write. I could pause and take as long as I needed to make a Facebook post, but when a person reads it, they would have no idea how long it took for me to make the post. When the Dr's would come into my room they would begin speaking to me in English. I would try to respond but couldn't. Sometimes I could say a word here and there. Tears would surface and there would be a long pause until I began thinking of a response in Spanish and then I could talk normally to the Dr's in Spanish as if there wasn't an issue at all. Day 7 was when I could finally talk in English normally again. It would take longer for me to be able to write. There were moments at the start of my journey to Mexico where I would be able to speak in English as the 'wave of paralysis' (I called it) would come and go, but it became more common for my speech to be a word, pause, a word, pause and not complete sentences. When the paralysis would let up I could call my husband to talk to him, and was able to explain to my bishop what was happening (through drawn out broken sentences) but it would be 7 days before I could talk normally again to where I felt confident enough to talk to the kids without scaring them with the broken speech.
Note: After posting this, I received an anonymous $1000 donation and another $400 in donations from various friends and family taking the total to almost $3400. Miraculous. So grateful. <3