As many of you know, I had a saliva gland removed due to a large stone in the gland. Since I have ended up with a partially paralyzed tongue, swallowing was an adventure.
I have had to regroup. The doctor told me last week that it could take a year for the nerve to heal. I still sound funny and my tongue gets tired if I have to do a lot of talking. I wondered what I was going to do and thanks to Steve (Haleoboy) who gave me information that will help me with swallowing, things are a little better. I wish I could hug him for that advice.
I was beginning to get frustrated and when I was called for a job interview and told I should apply with the company again in a year, I was done for a few days. I can't blame them for not hiring me. If you don't know me or haven't heard me speak, it can confuse you because some words are slurred.
I had to regroup and let go of feeling frustrated. I was beginning to get on my own nerves. I know I will not have an ice cream cone this summer because I cannot lick one. I won't be eating peas for a long time because that was an adventure in my mouth. I was getting frustrated when it came time to eat because eating was a problem. I don't view it as a problem, I now refer to eating as an adventure in my mouth. I have no idea what will happen with foods until I eat it.
I left the doctors office regretting having the surgery. The site is still sore and numb and I can't wear anything with a collar. Then I thought, would i rather be in pain from trying to eat or doing the best I can after having the surgery. I opted for doing the best I can. No I can't eat a lot of things but I can eat some things. I can only sleep on one side but that is okay for now. I always have a dry throat so I am drinking a lot of water. The doctor said that will improve.
Even though I still have a problem with some foods I am managing to keep my blood sugar between 85 and 98. I have lost 30lbs since May. I never in my wildest dreams imagined this would happen to me however, I know that losing the weight is great for my diabetes and that no matter how frustrated I was getting, frustration was not the best road to travel.
I am going to live with this new addition to my life. Just because the road got a little rough doesn't mean I can't continue down that road. The obstacle was put in my path, I got through it and I am going to keep forging ahead. I am going to enjoy my summer.
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