aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Keeping on keeping on

So, today is Day Nine of my adventure with Bell's palsy. I can't say there's been much improvement. Many Bell's sufferers have their symptoms go away within ten days; my recovery looks to be in the weeks/months range; and of course, it may never go away. I did feel a bit of a buzz in the back of my tongue last night, as if a dentist's shot was wearing off, so that's hopeful. But I'm settling in for the long haul.

I'm forming my plosives and fricatives somewhat better. The internal shape of my mouth is off, naturally, so people say I don't sound quite like myself. My jaw feels like somebody jacked it with a tire iron; I'm guessing that comes from over-using certain muscles to get around the lack of function in others.

Bell's isn't progressive, so it's not going to get worse. But while it remains, it is a massive aggravation. My right eye doesn't blink completely, so I have to put eyedrops in all day long to keep the eye lubricated. I also have to protect my eye at night when I sleep, lest I roll over and scratch the eyeball on a corner of my pillow or something. Going out in the cold with an eye that doesn't close completely isn't much fun, either.

Ah, but such is life. I can feel sorry for myself for only a few passing moments, and then it's on to other things. I'm a survivor; I always have been. Meanwhile, my bodily strength is not lessened, so once I get used to the eye care, I should be able to resume hiking and building and all the other things I have on my plate.

Getting old is a privilege, but it's not a bed of begonias.

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