September 20th 2012 5:09 am
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So it's been about 3 weeks since i experienced the facial paralysis. No changes and honestly, mom doesn't expect em yet. She thinks it's possible that I am a little more droopy on the right side of my face, but that's to be expected since am not able to use those muscles.
I'm still producing tears which is GREAT because one of the common problems is dry eye since I can't blink. I have had tear stains and mom is glad I have em. The doc said since i'm still producing tears, it probably means not every nerve was affected.
I'm not sure if I told ya, but one of the other problems could be developing mouth ulcers. Since I can't use the right side, sometimes food can get stuck between my gums and teeth. It's like I don't even know it's there. Dr. Gainsburg suggested a turkey baster BOL! Squirt some water in there. But mom doesn't do that. After each meal, she cleans off the right side of my face, sticks her finger in there to see if I have something. half the time I do, half the time I don't. May be a little disgusting, but it's quick and fast hehehehehe. Better than sticking a turkey baster in there BOL!
I also wanted to report that I didn't hear back from any of those who may have had previous experience with facial paralysis or bells palsy. It's a little disappointing, but I think in my own way, I didn't expect to hear anything since they don't appear to be active.
Anyhoo, I'm doing good. Mom goes on vacation next week, so my next update won't be for least 10 days or so. Let's hope and pray mom has a little bit of good news, but again, she doesn't want to get her hopes up since the doc did say 8-12 weeks.
Thanks everyone for your support...it means more than you can know. I feel kind of alone here since I don't know anyone else who has been through this, but my pals are right there for me. Thank you!
We are praying that you get some improvement but it sounds like mom is handling it very well and taking good care of you.
Scooter, sounds like you are coming along very well. Mom is taking good care of you! Lots of POP going out to you!
Nice to hear from you. Hang in there, I'm sure you'll see improvements in due time.
Sendin' PoP to ya Scooter!
Good to hear that things are still the same (well not GOOD but better than worse, you know what I mean!)
Sending lots of love and hugs xoxoxo
Glad there is some good news in all of this. So sorry that there was no one here with experience with this to help you but you are right there are many good friends who continue to send Hugs,Kisses,Prayers and Paw Power to help you through.We hope Mom can relax and enjoy her trip a bit but know that she will be worried about you. Hugs from your Akita Pals & Mom