First the bad side. It appears side effects have caught up to me. At least, I think that’s what’s happening. Starting Tuesday, my throat (glands) have felt sore, and I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of joint pain. My eyes are also bloodshot for no apparent reason (i.e., they aren’t itchy or irritated, so it doesn’t seem to be allergies, and my vision isn’t affected).
I did get some blood work done yesterday, and my local doc felt up my glands and lymph nodes and declared them not swollen. So it looks like this is just pain and it might be here to stay. Oncologist’s office doesn’t seem too concerned as long as my eyes don’t get worse.
Now the good side. My face is on the move again! It’s not fully back to normal yet, but I can smile, blink my left eye, and eat without pain among other things. I thought I’d started noticing improvement last week, but it was so subtle I doubted myself. But it can’t be doubted anymore. Blinking is blinking, and I could definitely NOT blink my left eye last week.
So the question becomes: what does that mean? I don’t know. Everything I’ve read about Bell’s Palsy suggests it takes much longer to go away. If it’s the cancer, like my oncologist believed, then it’s possible my recovery is a sign the treatment is working. He did say it was possible I could start seeing improvement in as fast as a week, which this was.
Is it time to get excited? Probably not, but it’s nice to have something finally go right. And the ability to smile about it.