Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My smile

I haven't written much about the Bell's Palsy. I have *almost* fully recovered. Most people tell me it's not noticeable. One of my very good friends tells me she can still tell, and I appreciate her honesty. Because it is still noticeable, especially to me. My eye gets tired at night and droopy. When my nostril moves, it makes my lower eyelid twitch. And my smile hasn't really come back all the way... and I love my smile.

I've been thinking a lot about how to encourage more movement since it's been quite a while since the onset. I haven't had any improvement in at least six weeks, so I wasn't sure I would get anymore. But I've thought a lot about it. Today, as though my face was listening to my thoughts, my chin started to quiver. I've noticed some improvement in my smile too. I am hoping that the nerves keep regrowing and that by November, I will have my old smile back.

4 comments:

  1. Brooke,

    It has been 9 years since my onset of Bells Palsy. Although most people can't tell I have a few "old" friend who can see the difference. My eyelids do the same thing when my nostrils move. When I am tired or very cold my right eye doesn't blink at the same time my left. I always just tell people that I am winking at them because I love them. Hang in there!

    Lisa

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  2. Lisa-
    How long did you see improvement? Is there anything that helped? I'm doing acupuncture now, which I'm hoping makes a difference.

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  3. Brooke,

    It was about 8 or 9 months after the first intial onset that I saw big differences. I also tried physical therapies and really nothing seemed to work. I was put on steroids at the onset which I believe helped my progression. It takes time, patience (which I have none) and no stress. Stress seems to hinder progress. I was 7 months pregnant and going through a lot of stress when I got Bells Palsy. Even today if I am upset or stressed I can feel it more. You have been through a great deal of stress and it is not for me to tell you to relax. When that time comes....you too will see some improvement. In the mean time...deep breaths!

    Lisa

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  4. Thanks! I also notice it more with stress. I was telling Dan tonight that I need to take a nap in the afternoon because I notice neurological stuff at night, and I think it has a lot to do with being run down (my eight month old is about to walk... it's understandable!!).

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