Day 18, BPP-9: Good, but still a way to go.

Getting Better

Today is two weeks since my first set of pictures tracking my recovery from Bell’s Palsy. I’m really glad I decided to take the pictures, even though I admit it was really hard for me to look at them at first. At the most difficult moments during the last 18 days, I was able to compare and notice the slight changes in the pictures. This made it was easier for me to keep my spirits up.

The muscles around my right eye are starting to respond more now. The right side of my mouth is turning up just ever so slightly – which is helpful when you’re trying to smile. I went to wedding last night and, though I felt fairly good, it still feels awkward when I know that emotions like laughter and happiness don’t appear like they should. The sense of taste on the right side of my tongue is still subdued (best way I can describe it). I’m hoping that comes back soon because food in general has tasted bland since this all began. My speech is pretty close to normal. However, the last couple of hours in the evening I started feeling really fatigued trying to say certain words. It reminds me that I still have a way to go.

Side-by-Side Progress Pictures #3

Today’s pictures were taken after spending quite a bit of time working on my blog and its template. I notice my right eye in the “eyes closed” shot is slightly open – I’m going to have to let it rest for awhile after I finish this post.

The following pictures in the left column were taken Saturday, April 12th, 2008 (except the side profile smiling photos).

The pictures in the right column were taken this afternoon, Saturday, April 26rd, 2008.

Straight Face
04/12/08:
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Straight Face
04/26/08 (Today):
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More pictures…

Smile
04/12/08:
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Smile
04/26/08 (Today):
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Eyes Closed
04/12/08:
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Eyes Closed
04/26/08 (Today):
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Raised Eyebrows
04/12/08:
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Raised Eyebrows
04/26/08 (Today):
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Smile – Left Side
04/16/08:
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Smile – Left Side
04/26/08 (Today):
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Smile – Right Side
04/16/08:
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Smile – Right Side
04/26/08 (Today):
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  1. Francine says:

    Hi David,

    I am a Bahamian. I got Bell’s Palsy first when I was about thirteen and it went right away with treatment, but I can’t remember what was used.

    Then later at about 22 years, during my last trimester I got it again. However, I did not get proper treatment then.

    Over the years, I’ve lived with it. However, recently I spoke to my Doctor about it and he prescribed “Neurotin”. This only calm my nerves, but there was no improvement.

    I am 32 years now, do you think treatment could still be effective on me? Also, is there a particular treatment that your doctor used on you, that I could tell my doctor about?

    Francine

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