I didn't bother any of my colleagues that weekend, but waited until Monday morning to call an ENT friend. He put me on a Decadron dose pkg and Acyclovair. The steroids decreased the swelling around my facial nerve and the ear pain subsided within 24 hours. I didn't appreciate any return of my facial nerve until 5-6 weeks later. I had a "mild" case. I didn't drool, but could not use a straw nor could I whistle (both actions need a good seal of the lips). Food tasted different on one side than the other. The teeth on the right side of my mouth were (and to a degree remain) very sensitive to cold/heat. I found myself chewing (these muscles aren't involved as they are CN V not VII) more on the left side for multiple reasons--fear of drool, taste buds off, teeth sensitivity. My right eye closed at night, but needed Lacrilube to keep it closed. I was fortunate that I did not have to patch it for more than a few weeks. With my blink reflex gone, it seemed that dust particles and gnats found there way into my right eye. I wore my sun glasses on the walks with the dogs to help protect my eye (don't usually do this). I also found I needed plain lens glasses indoors where fans or air condition drafts would irritate my eye. The glasses helped to prevent this. I kept artificial tears at home, in my purse, and at my office.
Most of my facial function returned--98-99%. There are some very minor things that didn't. There is a difference (I can feel and see) in the muscles around my eye (obicularis oculi) and the mouth (slightly uneven). And the tongue and teeth still off some. Nothing anyone would be able to measure. Also, the right ear canal is more sensitive to breezes, so on fall/winter days that are windy I am more likely to wear 180 degree ear muffs.
I did not miss a day of work. My hands still functioned, so did my brain. I admit I was very self-conscious (the plain lens glasses gave me something to "hide" behind as well as helped protect my eye) around people. With poor control over the right side of my mouth, some words were not easy to pronounce (plosive constant's need a good lip seal). If patient's noticed, I would tell them what was going on. If not, I tried to be as "normal" as possible. I did more "closed-lip" smiles than previous. Oh, yeah, it's weird kissing when only one half of your mouth works (smile).