Friday, June 17, 2011

Update on Acupuncture Treatment for Bell's Palsy

I will never, ever be comfortable with acupuncture treatments.  It doesn't get any easier to lie there and let my doctor poke me with needles then zap those needles with electricity, making my face twitch uncontrollably.  UGH!  It hurts...I don't know why everyone says it doesn't. 

Anyway, it's been about two weeks since the Bell's Palsy diagnosis and the start of treatment.  I've finished all the meds I was prescribed and I'm just continuing the acupuncture treatments now (on my 6th).  My face is still mostly paralyzed.  The only improvement has been my lower jaw (able to move up and down) and my eye (can blink and close when I will it).  I still don't have my sense of taste.  I miss my taste buds!  I'm hoping they will return from their hiatus soon.  Everyone is BBQing and I can smell it but it's torture cause I can't TASTE it!  *sigh* 

This has been my first week back at work and I have to say it hasn't been that bad.  My face and eyes get tired easily and I have to take multiple breaks from the computer, but all in all everyone has been really understanding.  I still feel like a spectacle.  I know my face looks strange when I talk.  I have to talk slowly and make sure my mouth moves as precisely as I can make it so that my lips don't trip all over themselves.  Other than waiting for my lips to catch up with my thoughts, I'm fine. 

I'm looking forward to the weekend (YAY Green Lantern is out!!).  The weather is supposed to be amazing (thank you mother nature) and it seems California weather is back on track.  I recently joined a local photography club and have a  photography class tomorrow morning that I can't wait to dive into.  I'm really enjoying my camera and working with photos on photoshop and I want to focus more energy on that. 

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