My regular readers may remember that I had two surgeries this summer, the first of which was a right parotidectomy to remove a tumor growing on my jaw. (It was the size of a grape.)
Well, the surgeon did a fine job, and I've had no paralysis, but the numbness is still there (caused by his having to work right over the facial nerve). It's not really a big problem, but it's odd sometimes.
For example, I have a heck of a time putting in an earring on that side now, for I can't feel when I get the post into the hole. Very strange.
And even worse is when my ear itches. This is likely caused by healing nerves, but it's awful to have an itch and not be able to relieve it by scratching. Yes, I can scratch the skin, but I can't FEEL that I'm scratching it, so the itch often remains. Argh!
Oh well. Life could be much worse. :)