My Journey to Recovering from Bell’s Palsy

[♪ Guitar playing] Hi, I’m Grant. Today is December 26, 2013
and it just so happens that today is my 37th birthday. Four days ago, I was diagnosed
with Bell’s Palsy on the right side of my face. I thought I would try to
do something positive with the experience by making a video diary documenting my recovery, so that anyone else suffering from this condition
could get an idea of what they might expect to see in their own improvement as time goes by. So, this is the first day of my video diary. I was diagnosed four days ago. It came down very suddenly. I just happened to be out with friends,
and I noticed that my lip was numb. And then, gradually, over the course of the
day, my eye began to water more, I had difficulty controlling my eye.
I also got a headache and some shoulder pain, and by the next day my right side of my face
was pretty much totally frozen. Since that time, it’s actually gotten worse. So I’m now on day 4, and this is probably the worst day it’s been
—in terms of paralysis— my taste sensation for foods has changed dramatically. I do still have hearing in my right ear,
but otherwise I have virtually no control over my facial muscles on the right side of
my face. Talking is difficult. Eating is difficult. Pretty much everything is a lot more difficult
now. And I tape my eye shut just to sleep at night. I have gone for Chinese acupuncture,
and I’m on Chinese herbs as well as steroids prescribed by the doctor. And vitamin B-complex, vitamin E, vitamin
D3. I have already been on a vegetarian diet for
six years, so I’m pretty healthy and I’m just doing what I can to keep my health up. You can either get out, or stay at home —but either way—
you’re face is gonna stay the same, so why not get out, see the great outdoors,
and do something? So, it’s now day 11 of my struggle with Bell’s
Palsy, and I came out for New Year’s to Wilson’s Promontory National Park
in the state of Victoria in Australia. I went on a four day trek—
three nights, four days. And in the past 11 days my Bell’s Palsy
has actually gotten worse—I think. I’ve gotten acupuncture twice.
I’ve been on Chinese herbs. I’ve gotten massage from friends
and a professional as well— as well as acupressure. But, my face feels more paralysed now
than it did at the start of this ordeal. But the reason that I decided to record
this video out here is to inspire people to go out and have your own adventures
and don’t let a condition like this keep you indoors because there’s a lot of beauty out there,
and some of your healing can come from being out in nature, and facing people,
and having conversations, and doing whatever you can to stay active
and stay motivated. [♪ Guitar playing]
[Dan Pulfer is the singer]

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