It’s been a while since the last update, and in this case no news is good news. There are still the little things that only I notice, but the bigger issues seem to have resolved pretty well. I need to steer around foods that are crunchy (so long tortilla chips and cookies), foods that require more range of motion than I have in my jaw these days (bye-bye sammiches and It’s Its), and I’m still taking baby bites because of the range of motion thing–but nearly four and a half months post-op, I’ve made big improvements. As my daughter points out, I am able to eat with a fork without stabbing myself.
One thing I can’t quite do yet is put on lipstick without looking, which used to be second nature to me. Since I’m still numb at the corner of my mouth, I have to look to see where the lips end and my face begins. Also, because I’m numb, that corner tends to do its own thing, giving me a resting you-know-what face and a bit of a smirk. Not exactly like this, but still–not the way I want to present to the people I see.
So, on a recent vacation, I started making an effort to keep the corners of my mouth turned up–basically turning that frown upside down. I don’t smile all the time, but I’m trying to keep it up because it also makes me feel a little bit happy when I do. Again, not exactly like this:
There’s still a way to go before I get all the feeling back–and I do believe I will someday–but for now, I’m just going to put on a happy face.
I love the duet with Tony Bennett and James Taylor, even with the talking parts in between the singing parts.
As they say:
It’s not your style
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
You decided to smile
Stick out that noble chin
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look
Slap on a happy grin
Just put on a happy face”
Wait, there’s more!
And how about these kids? And the lovely Boylen Sisters! Smile, darn ya, smile!!