|Before Surgery this actually looks really good in comparison|
to the previous months.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Ok so I haven't been the best at blogging my true feelings about the unfortunate facial paralysis I have. Here is a quick synapse of what has happened just in the last 2 years.
- Mastoid (layman's tumor) in the inner ear canal, burned black skin, very long difficult surgeries.
- Woke up one day with the right side of my face partially paralyzed--spent 3 weeks in the ICU and had 3 surgeries to find out exactly what happened.
- The nerve in my face that controls the right side went completely dead--no reason except an infection we had a hard time getting rid of.
- I was told to go home and learn how to deal with the new face, Eric was told "Get used to your new wife, she will never smile again." (I love this Doctor, I am just stating how we heard it, not necessarily how he delivered it.)
- Went to Cleveland Clinic for 7 weeks waiting to have another at least 12-15 hour surgery. Had what I thought was a near death experience.
- Came home to Arizona, searched for a surgeon who specialized in facial trauma...found him, love him and he's at Mayo Clinic or Maricopa (options are nice)
- Had a nerve crossover surgery (layman's...they took the nerve from my calf and threaded it through the left side of my head, down to my cheek.
- Waited one year, and the nerve grew one inch a month--Dr. Lettieri very pleased..me too.
- Had the next part of of the nerve surgery, everything was great until it wasn't...infection again this time compromising the parotid gland (Layman's--your saliva gland)
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I, like John Lennon hope everyone, especially my grandchildren will live in the moment, I imagine them all living in peace, judging no-one along their path but instead handing them a dollar or two, and asking the Lord to bless them in their trials. I imagine them having no greed and living true to their believes with integrity. I wish for them to see ALL men and women as a brotherhood and sisterhood giving, sharing and helping each other. Yes, and just like he was judged as a dreamer I am judged as an optimist--dreaming and optimism are wonderful attributes to have. As gloomy as the world seems right now we all have so much to be grateful for and as the song says Imagine all the people living as one and sharing one world. I see this happening and often times it is when I am asleep dreaming; so there you have it I'm a dreamer and an optimist.
In my opinion one of the most powerful words in the English language is Imagine; this single word gives hope to a world that is in so much turmoil.