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I can feel my face again!

A month ago the right side of my face went numb.  As described in a previous post, I was in the early stages of Bell’s Palsy.  Fortunately, with early drug intervention, I was able to stop the progression of facial paralysis.   I was however left with slight paralysis on my lower right jaw and numbness on the entire right side of my face.

At the end of the first week, I was still a side talker, but I could force a very unnatural looking smile with a delay on the right.  At the end of week 2 with the help of daily facial exercises, I was able to lift both sides of my mouth at the same time.  I was also still experiencing numbness on that side.

Here we are a month later and I would say I am 98% back to normal.  The numbness is still there, but not nearly as bad as it was the first two weeks.  I am still grateful I caught it early and that I demanded the doctor listen to me even though I wasn’t “presenting” with full blown Bell’s Palsy.  As a reminder, in my previous post I described almost being discharged without treatment because the doctor felt since I could close my eye it wasn’t Bell’s Palsy…apparently in her medical education she wasn’t taught about the progression of diseases just their end result.  In the end, I am recovered, and hopefully we have one more medical professional who is humbled by her (almost) fuck up…

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