David G’s Bell’s Palsy “Survival Kit”
My temporary facial paralysis brings on some additional issues. My right eye doesn’t fully close on its own and stay moist. My sinus on the right side has the a similar drying problem. Same problem with my lips. Here are a “few” things that have become part of my daily maintenance kit and travel nicely in a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag:
Thera Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, Saline nasal spray, Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm, tissues, Eye patch, Gauze pad (for under the eye patch).
In addition to these, at night I use: Thera Tears Liquid Gel Eye Drops (longer lasting for overnight use), more gauze and medical tape to close the eye over night. I admit it becomes a chore at times but these are things that have helped me feel a little more comfortable
Lunches for An Uncooperative Mouth
I try to take my lunch to work a few days a week. It only takes a little planning and usually ends up being healthier, more cost-effective and satisfying anyway. Right now, the right side of my mouth doesn’t open as wide or control food in the same way. Having smaller, bite size options seems to work best:
Having straws and a good napkin come in handy as well. I can’t wait until I can eat a big messy slice of pizza again.