Thank you so much for all the support you guys gave me in my first post. It was such a great way to be introduced to posting at Groupthink! I just wanted to give some updates...

It has been a week since I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy and I have had a lot of ups and downs. The weekend was mostly spent with me crying in bed while also getting hit with my period for a triple hormonal+steroidal+face trauma fever pitch of emotion. But I made it through to Monday and returned to work.

Going back to work has not been perfect. The medication I'm on makes it difficult to sleep and yet also tires me out a lot, so I have been taking things a little easier than usual. My bosses have been supportive and I even connected with another person who also had Bell's Palsy a while back. I began to realize that I am going to get through this. It really isn't as noticeable as it feels in my own skin, and as I keep reminding myself, it could have been much worse.

My face is still not showing any signs of improvement really, but it is feeling less tense which is a relief. I have an appointment with a neurologist next week, but I really do feel like everything will be okay. I may still have a long road of recovery ahead of me, but I feel like this is also bringing some positive changes for me. I have been getting back to meditation and quiet time, which is something I had been meaning to do for a while. I have been taking candlelight showers (which is really just lighting a candle in the bathroom and showering with the lights off), trying to do morning yoga, and taking a break from alcohol. I'm at least attempting to give my body the rest that it apparently needed so much that it decided to hijack half my face.

So none of this is really revelatory, but I did want to post something since you all made me feel so much better last week as I was desperately freaking out about this. So thank you, and here's hoping to some less angsty posts soon!

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*I find it weird that I didn't have to create the image for this post. It just already existed...