Day 50, BPP-13: My Bell's Palsy at 50 Days

Since My Last Post

I don’t know about everyone else, but for me, May has been an extremely busy month. I had been hoping to post more frequent updates on my recovery. Today is a big milestone though. It is 50 days since I was first diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. I’m going to try to quickly bring everything up to date here. Here’s what’s been going on since my last update on May 11th:

First, the right side of my mouth is beginning to turn upward again. I didn’t notice it until I compared my recent pictures with the last set. Next, when I smile big, the sensation of tightness or laziness is going away. Plus, my right cheek is pulling back more naturally. Finally, when I raise my right eye, the creases and wrinkles have mostly returned to normal. I never thought I’d say this, but those wrinkles are a welcome sight!

If I had to put a percentage on my recovery, I’d say I feel like I’m somewhere around 85% recovered!

My Recent Doctor’s Visit

I visited my doctor a little over a week ago for a follow-up appointment. He assured me that my progress was really good and that I look much better than my previous visit. I mentioned a few things I was still experiencing: my sense of taste not quite right (things on my right side tasted metallic), periodic pain in my neck and ear, occasional headaches. He’s been good about covering the bases with each visit and not making assumptions. Although everything is returning to normal, he wants me to come back in mid-June to make sure the recovery continues before he releases me from care.

Progress Pictures

My most recent pictures were taken a few days ago. Comparing my smile between 5/11 and 5/25, it seems to look more natural now. And what about my “Smile – Right Side” photo near the bottom?

It seems the Bell’s Palsy “snarl” that was my right profile has now mostly disappeared! I’m going to continue to take pictures even though the degree of change is not as noticeable.

I’ll be watching for improvement in my smile and in my right eye not looking so “tired”. All in all, I’m pretty pleased with where I’m at.

Straight Face 04/12/08: P4124333 Straight Face 05/11/08: P5114659 Straight Face 05/25/08: P5254685

More Pictures…

Smile 04/12/08: P4124334 Smile 05/11/08: P5114660 Smile 05/25/08: P5254686
Eyes Closed 04/12/08: P4124335 Eyes Closed 05/11/08: P5114670 Eyes Closed 05/25/08: P5254687
Raised Eyebrows 04/12/08: P4124336 Raised Eyebrows 05/11/08: P5114662 Raised Eyebrows 05/25/08: P5254689
Smile-Left Side 04/16/08: P4164354 Smile-Left Side 05/11/08: P5114665 Smile-Left Side 05/25/08: P5254692
Smile-Right Side 04/16/08: P4164353 Smile-Right Side 05/11/08: P5114664 Smile-Right Side 05/25/08: P5254691


  1. Sally says:

    Hi there, I am glad that I saw your post about bell palsy together with the recovering stage which i am experiencing now but couldnt find any comfort from google since most of the post said that it will recover within a week. and i have already being affected for more than 3 weeks.Thanks a lot for sharing..

  2. Lois says:

    David, i am so happy to see your smiling face… my smile is one of my best assets and it was kinda sad to think that i might not get it back, but with your blog.. i feel confident that i to will get through this and be back to normal. I was also glad the details you spoke of.. the fatigue and pain in places exatly like mine. Thanks again David, you have been a great deal of relief and support for me. Lois

  3. Candy Weidholz says:

    😛 It’s great to see the very marked improvement in your photo’s! I am so glad you are on the road to recovery and it seems to be coming along a lot faster than origianlly predicted!
    Well here is to you and your continued rapid recovery, I hope that you have a fantastic summer!!

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