First signs of movement in my face: SO HAPPY!!!!!

Rather than sharing frustration or concerned, today I want to share pure happiness>

When they removed my MEC from the parotid glandin September they had to remove 4 cm of my facial nerve and do a nerve graft; my face has been half paralyzed since than and they could not predict success nor timing for recovery. Yesterday evening I started to have weird twiching on my paralized cheek and today I can move my cheek: it is a minimal movement, you could hardly see it, but it is moving!!!!!!! I am SO HAPPY that I have been dancing around the house all day. 

 

Comments

  • MrsBD
    MrsBD Member Posts: 615 Member
    Movement

    What wonderful news! We take so many things for granted including our smiles. I'm glad you are on your way to getting yours back. Our bodies are truly amazingly made.

  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,029 Member
    Happy 4 You

    Outstanding News, I would do a happy dance for you, but I look like a circus bear when I dance Laughing So I will say outstanding again.

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

  • debbiejeanne
    debbiejeanne Member Posts: 3,102 Member
    moki, that is outstanding!! 

    moki, that is outstanding!!  i am doing the happy dance for you.....wooowhoooooo

    God bless you,

    dj

  • KTeacher
    KTeacher Member Posts: 1,103
    Great news

    So happy for you.  Baby steps are good steps.

  • josh r.
    josh r. Member Posts: 264 Member
    Smile!

    Hi Moki,

    We're dancing for you with smiles on our faces! Thanks! josh r.

  • wmc
    wmc Member Posts: 1,804
    That's Major...........

    Wow, that is such a major step and improvement, Celebrate it. What seems minor or small to most, is major to CSN. It's like walking on the moon. Very happy for you, I rember when I got feeling back on my right side. You're going to get some pain so be ready, but the feeling or movement is coming back. They say my left side will always be numb from ear to center of chin, but I got back the right. Thank you for shairing this with us. You're doing great.

    Bill

  • Moki
    Moki Member Posts: 53
    MrsBD said:

    Movement

    What wonderful news! We take so many things for granted including our smiles. I'm glad you are on your way to getting yours back. Our bodies are truly amazingly made.

    SMILE

    YES, who knew that smiling is such a wonderful thing. Unfortunately I realized it when I could not smile anymore. I hope to be able to smile soon and I am surely going to smile all day long and I will enjoy every minute

  • Moki
    Moki Member Posts: 53
    wmc said:

    That's Major...........

    Wow, that is such a major step and improvement, Celebrate it. What seems minor or small to most, is major to CSN. It's like walking on the moon. Very happy for you, I rember when I got feeling back on my right side. You're going to get some pain so be ready, but the feeling or movement is coming back. They say my left side will always be numb from ear to center of chin, but I got back the right. Thank you for shairing this with us. You're doing great.

    Bill

    Sensation

    Also my cheek does not have sensation yet, but when I do acupuncture I can feel the needle going through so I hope it will come back. Also, when I tap with the fingers I feel like hundreds of needles picking me for a couple of minutes. Docs said these are all good signs. If I had to chose between movement and sensation, I will go with movement; I kind got used on not feeling my cheek and that's not a big deal. Hoewver the no movement bothers me a lot....

    Thanks for the nice comments! SO HAPPY, LIKE I WON A LOTTERY

  • Kritter
    Kritter Member Posts: 147
    Keep on trying to smile and

    Keep on trying to smile and dancing , you deserve it !!!!

  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
    Nerve damage

    Keep believing and keep trying to move the muscles in your face. I get the same thing from time to time, my face nerves are radiation damage but I believe that someday I will be able to feel and use them again.

     

    God Bless

    Tim Hondo   

  • Duggie88
    Duggie88 Member Posts: 760 Member
    Moki

    WOW...............that is great, I am very happy for you. Keep working at it, your right nothing beats a smile.

          Jeff

  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
    I am delighted for you!!

    That's the thing with recovery from HNC.....time, time....and more time.  Things get better and better.....we just have to keep moving on a day to day basis....Lots of it is two steps forward, one step back....but it's still progress.

    WHOO HOO for you!!

    p

  • avisemi
    avisemi Member Posts: 172
    wonderful! And thanks for

    Laughing

    wonderful! And thanks for sharing. It made me feel happy after a hard day. 

  • Moki
    Moki Member Posts: 53
    avisemi said:

    wonderful! And thanks for

    Laughing

    wonderful! And thanks for sharing. It made me feel happy after a hard day. 

    THANK YOU

    Thank you for sharing joy with me. I now can lift the edge of my mouth a bit. Things are improving so I did ask my acupuncturist to keep working on my cheek: when he put the needles in I feel warm and movement inside...it is a strange sensation, but make me feel happy everytime I go there: my face is alive! I will be talking to my surgeon next Friday to see if I should start physical therapy. It not even 5 months from surgery and the doc told me that radiation was going to stop any nerve healing so to expect at least 1 year before I could feel movement, if any. What is happening to my face is indeed a wonderful surprise