The subject of this blog is not a complaint about someone’s character, rather a discussion on nerves, more particularly the nerves in my face since my Parotidectomy surgery in November.
You can read the details of my surgery in the link in the previous paragraph, or I can give you the cliff notes version. I had a stone growing in my saliva gland and it had to be removed because it was causing a massive amount of pain. It was removed by a surgeon at the Kern Medical Center on November 20th 2013. It left me with a huge scar and a golf ball sized chunk taken out of my face. It has been numb ever since, but the feeling is coming back, more importantly pain is coming back.
You see all those nerves in the diagram above? Everything is connected. Even though most of my face is numb, I can feel electrical impulses when I touch certain parts of my face. If I touch my jaw line near my chin, I can feel electrical impulses in my earlobe. If I touch anywhere near the incision area, I can also feel it all the way up my ear. If I touch my earlobe, I can feel it in the spot on my jaw line near my chin from before. There are certain areas that even the slightest touch can cause pain from the electrical impulses. Even blowing on my skin can cause the feeling and possibly pain.
I’m not bothered by it as much as I probably should be because I know that my face is still healing. The numbness is still there, but it is going away. It’s like that pins and needles feeling you get when you sit on your foot for too long and your foot goes numb and then you get the pins and needles, although the pins and needles only shows up when I touch my face, and it doesn’t show up in the exact spot that I touch. It’s a very strange feeling, but I am getting used to it.
The other day my partner touched my face and I recoiled in pain and he was a bit shocked at my overreaction, but he didn’t understand what I am feeling. Heck, I didn’t quite understand it until now.
My last appointment with the surgeon at KMC was yesterday and he told me that there are more stones growing in the saliva gland on the left side of my face so eventually that will need to be taken care of like the right side, but that may take years to happen. I am not going to worry about that until the pain comes from that.
Speaking of pain from nerves, am I having massive tooth pain and need to visit the dentist in May when my dental insurance kicks in again. Right now all they will cover is emergency extractions and right now I am having an emergency in 3 or 4 teeth and I would much rather have fillings than more extractions. I am using a sensitive toothpaste, but it doesn’t seem to be helping me very much. I’ve flossed and flossed and that only makes it worse and my teeth are so jagged that they cut the floss in half and I can never get the floss out of between my teeth. The Listerine helps numb the pain when I finish brushing, and sometimes I just swish with it just to numb the pain 3 or 4 times per day.
It seems I am always in pain. I feel like I was the worst person in the history of humanity in a previous lifetime and I am paying for the bad karma in this lifetime. I sometimes feel like I am earning some of my karma back by being a good person, but it doesn’t help at all. I wonder who I was and what I did to deserve this. Oh well, it doesn’t do any good dwelling on the past, especially a past I don’t have any memory of.
Anyway, I am looking forward for my next round of pain to end at least before my birthday lol.
Until next time…