The last time I wrote about Bells Palsy, it was 8/14/09 which was week #8. Well, its been 13 weeks as of tomorrow morning.
There is not too much to report, but I do like keeping track of any changes along the way so I continue to post. Since my last update, I have been back to the doctor to check in and also ask about his thoughts on acupuncture. I still have not done it and I'm not sure if I will. The doctor made it sound as though it would be a waste of time/money, but ultimately left it up to me. We'll see. I haven't decided one way or another just yet although it appears I am leaning towards not doing it.
Over the past 2 weeks I have seen more movement in my face. My left eyebrow moves slightly, but not to the extent of my right one. I can still make a mean Elvis face without trying hard. Also, I can smirk on the left side. At first I thought since my eyebrow was moving, maybe that meant I would get movement from top to bottom. When I realized I was able to move my mouth a little, I knew that was not right and apparently I would slowly get movement back in random areas.
If I were to put it into a percentage, I'd say I'm about 8-10% back and still WAY off from a full recovery.
In my posts, I always like to clarify how lucky I am that this is temporary, even if its been over 3 months now. It's not life threatening and is minor compared to what others have gone through with other major illnesses. I'm thankful that I'll make a full recovery and its just taking time. I'm also hoping that the movement I have is a sign that I'm on the road to full functionality. Its a real drag not being able to have a complete smile. I look so serious in so many pictures lately because I don't want to have a half smile. Instead I have some 'thug' look LOL. I tell people I'm going through a phase.
Thank you all for your kind words in my posts. As with everything in life, you move on and handle your business. For me, the only thing different is that I don't smile in pictures. All other things in life are back to normal (closings, parent meetings, sport functions, etc). Some people know I have bells palsy because I told them early on. Others have no idea and have just come to know me as a guy that can't move the left side of his face. I haven't taken the time to explain to people like I use to. I'm sure they notice, but we move forward. Eventually my face will have full movement and maybe it will come up. For now, I don't feel obligated to explain anymore.
Have a great weekend! And thanks again for reading my posts.
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