Prue - so so sorry for you. Please take whatever advice and rest as is needed.
Oh hell! Tim's son-in-law has exactly the same thing - it hit about a month ago, and he's still wearing an eye patch (because his eye won't close) and his face is drooped. Take care, rest up, and let someone else stress over the stressy stuff.
Hope you feel better soon. My little nephew got bells palsy about a month ago after a bad infection. He's all better now. Take it easy.
Glad to hear its not just an old persons thing and that it is recoverable. Sorry to hear about the others. In at the Eye and Ear Hosp now for tests.
Doesn't sound good, although better than some of the other possibilities. Make sure you give yourself some time to recover.