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No Nose is Good Nose

One of the things that happens with Bell’s Palsy or Ramsay Hunt is the lack of control over facial muscles. To look at me, it’s as if there was a landslide right under my nose. The little line above my upper lip starts the collapse, and it continues down to my chin. This, of course, is caused by the muscles on the left being on vacation.

That results in the sinuses on the left being pulled to the right, so you don’t breathe as well through that side. Here’s a tip: Use a Breathe-Rite strip on your nose. You’ve seen them on football players and other athletes. They’re a springy material that gives your nose an uplifting experience.

You have to be careful of them, though. Don’t peel them off too fast!

When I began trying to use them, I used alcohol to wash the oils off my nose, then soap and water. That was so the adhesive would stick. It didn’t work at first: always the right side would pop up. Maybe the right is oilier than the left, eh, George?

Finally I began washing it twice, which worked until the next morning. Yesterday I bought some alcohol, last night used it first twice, then washed with soap and water. As of this morning, it still is holding.

To return to the warning above: If you peel them off too fast, you can take a hunk of skin off with the adhesive. So be careful removing them.

I went grocery shopping yesterday for an hour, and started getting a
little shaky toward the end.

Later, I drove my big old van by myself, only about 6 miles, but it
was in rush hour traffic in 80+ degree weather, and got home safely.
No crushed pedestrians or other autos, and the normal level of anger
and frustration. Ah, the glories of living in the big city. Oh, and
the weather helped me realize that, yes, there is a difference between
saline solution and sweat: Saline doesn’t sting!

My left eye is the problem. I keep a patch on it a lot of the time,
because it’s out of focus, which makes it hard to read, type, etc.
Plus it is at a constant low level of irritation, or seems to be.

Otherwise, I keep plugging.

My smile is just more lopsided than it was.


Written by rvgolfer

June 10, 2005 at 2:11 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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