I Lean!

leaning flowersI never knew that Botox has many other uses until my Multiple Sclerosis Neurologist told me that he could use it on me to solve my problem.  No, I didn’t ask him to take care of the slowly creeping wrinkles on my forehead, or the tiny little spiders weaving their veins around my eyes, or even the problem of keeping lipstick within the confines of my lips since the once pronounced and well-defined borders to kisses are now melting away.  I don’t pucker up that much anymore.zoff the web site botox.com.

Approved Uses:  BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.

Much to my surprise, my Doctor wanted to use it on my neck.  Why?

Okay, life is off balance for me.  I mean this literally.  I walk funny, I lean over to the right.  I see double so can’t walk a straight line among many other weird things that happen when you see double.   I jerk.  Get your heads out of the gutter!  I jerk due to Myoclonus.

I apologize for that comment above about jerking.  It’s me who should get my head out of the gutter.

To make a long story short–My Neurologist noticed that my head leans to the right.  I  was already aware of it.  In fact I wanted to mention it to him several times, but always forgot.  That’s why a person should make a list when they go to the doctor.

It gradually dawned on me that I was seeing things from a different perspective than was normal from me.  I mean this literally.  It seemed that I was largely looking at people’s belly buttons or even as far down as their feet and it took great effort to bring my head up to see their faces. Grant you, I’m a short person to begin with, so it’s not unusual for me to be looking at people’s chests prior to bringing my head up to look into their eyes, but this was ridiculous.  What became even worse is when I wasn’t looking at other people’s shoes but at my own.  It was the shortest distance.  Then to top that off, I began to bump into the corners of walls that jutted out because I couldn’t see far enough ahead to notice the wall there.  I gave myself some serious bumps on the head because of that.

Now one would think that I would remember to tell my doctor about these problems when I saw him, but you need to understand that by now, I was seeing my doctor every 3 to 6 months instead of monthly.  By the time I was due for another visit, I had a long list in my head, not written down, that I wanted to discuss with him, so things did fall by the wayside.  Then of course, on the ride home, you remember all the things you wanted to discuss that you didn’t get around to.

What was particularly an irritant to me, was the fact that my body was leaning over to the right as well.  I think my right side of my body was feeling like it too needed to drag along with my head.  It became difficult to sit in a chair without holding myself up with pillows or making sure that I had an armrest to lean on.

Think about all of the things we do that requires sitting down.  Well okay, perhaps “requires” is not the right word.  Let’s rephrase.  Think of all the things we do where we customarily sit down.  There’s a multitude of things during the course of a day, especially if you’re a couch potato.  I’m not one.  What I am is a sit potato.

I sit when I compose music.  I sit when I’m painting my oils.  I sit at the computer.  I sit to knit.  About the only thing I don’t sit down for is to cook, however; I may as well be sitting since I’m so short and am constantly burning my arms reaching over from one pot or another because of my short reach.

Perhaps I look like I’m sitting when I’m walking with all this leaning around that I’m doing, what with being so close to the ground to begin with?  I’m only 4’10”.

With gratitude in my heart, my Neurologist brought up the subject to me. He noticed that I was leaning over.  He said he noticed it in progressive office visits, but like me, forgot to bring it up as well.  Today, however; since I was his first patient of the day and he happened to be walking in just behind us, he had a chance to see how bad it was even while I was walking.

So before this article gets too long, I am going to continue this on the next blog.  It’s a long story about my foray into the world of Botox.


My take on this:

Always make a list if you know there is a long visit between doctor visit.  I still don’t do this.  Don’t do as I do, do as I suggest. 

Keep in mind that 90% of all medications whether they are used for something that one commonly knows them to be used for, are usually also used for things that is not so common and in fact, be a complete surprise.


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