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Topic: Half of my face is paralyzed: I knit an eye patch! Also, Talk Like A Pirate Day!  (Read 9881 times)
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« on: September 17, 2008 10:39:41 PM »

I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy last week, a temporary condition where one side of your face is paralyzed.  The doctor told me to wear an eye patch (to prevent things from flying into it), so naturally I knit one. 

Let me tell you, people, there has never been a better time to have the palsy.  It just so happens that Friday is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I just so happen to look like a pirate when I try to smile:

Much better with a patch!

No, I am not ashamed to put these pictures on teh internets.

It is fully lined, interfaced, and weighted so that it actually hangs over my eye.  I haven't worked up enough courage to actually wear this in public.

I put the pattern on my blog!!!  And more exciting details!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008 10:56:48 PM »

That's awesome that you turned lemons into lemonade! The eyepatch is pretty sweet if I do say so myself. I like that it doesn't have a big elastic strap that digs in to your forehead!
I've only known one other person who has had Bells Palsy, but it went away pretty quickly. She didn't get a cool eye patch, though.

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008 11:11:53 PM »

haha thats so awesome! does it help you speak like a pirate?
Btw half smiles are totally hot anyway... so with the eyepatch and the smirk your gonna get twice as much candy in your goody bag!

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008 12:20:31 AM »

One of my girlfriends got Bells Palsy in high school, she also, did not get an awesome eyepatch. So I love your eyepatch!! And that it is weighted, and doesn't have snappy elastic. Nicely done!!

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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2008 12:49:29 AM »

HAHAHAA!! THOUEST ART SO VERY AWESOMETH!!! ..hmm....that's not exactly pirate talk is it...but congratulations for making such an awesome eye patch and being so cool and positive about it all. i hope you get better soon! Smiley and i hope you don't mind me stealing the eye patch idea. I think I'm going to make one too!

« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008 01:20:19 AM »

Hello everybody!  Smiley I'm new on Craftster and I'm from Italy, from Sicily! I found this community by chance and I'm amazed about it, It's great, you are great!
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2008 01:59:14 AM »

This is fantastic!!
When my mum was in the hospice, she found out her cancer had spread to her brain which pressed on her optical nerve, and so was presented with a plain eyepatch, which I then stole and embroidered a skull and crossbones onto!! She laughed herself silly when I showed her a picture of what she looked like with it on. Its one of my favourite memories of mum!!

I also have a naturally wonky smile and have been told a thousand times that its rather hot!!

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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2008 02:20:14 AM »

I had Bell's Palsy about 8 months ago too! It's so weird and random but I keep coming across people who are around my age who have had it. My face went back to normal after only 2-3 weeks though, so make sure to take the meds you get even though doctors don't know if they have an effect or not (I think they do because I saw an immediate difference in mine). I freaked out when I first got it, thought I had a stroke or something, haha.
I wish I would have had the sense to knit an awesome eye patch like yours, but I settled for a plain black one and just glued some buttons onto it to make it look like an eye. I had to keep working the whole time at a bookshop, the stares and comments were priceless. I say wear it with pride and have fun on talk like a pirate day!

« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2008 05:24:30 AM »

I've seen several knitted eyepatches but I like yours the best; should take no courage at all to wear it in public, it's lovely.  Weighting it was very smart!  And thanks for the reminder about Talk Like a Pirate Day - I would have let it slip by and that would be a geniune shame.  Good luck with the palsy, from what I understand it should only last a short time.
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2008 10:33:20 AM »

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To Arrrrrr is pirate!

Perfect timing, and what a great reminder to make the most of life...

Ahoy! It's a good thing.
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2008 04:50:59 AM »

Hey, if you left the top of it open you could have had a spot to keep a few loose coins- would work if you were wearing something without pockets!
(it would also weight it down so it didn't flap in the breeze)

Okay seriously, sorry to hear about the Bell's, my cousin had it in her 30's, lasted only a few weeks but what a way to 'Wake you up'.

Keep your chin up and looking at the brighter side of life.
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2008 07:15:07 AM »

The eyepatch came out great and its great that you making the best out of it.
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2008 07:29:27 AM »

A few years ago I had Bells Palsy.  It was weird.  I was eating with my hubby, and I thought I had burned my tounge, because it felt funny.  Well, then the next morning I was putting on lipstick, and could not move my lips around to spread the lipstick.  Then I knew something was wrong.  I thought seriously that I was having a stroke, but I felt fine.  I took myself to the E.R.

It took me about a week to heal up, because I caught it right away. Don't worry, you'll be better in no time.


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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2008 08:01:57 AM »

i had bell's palsy about a year and a half ago. it was totally random and couldn't have come at a worse time Tongue i'm so glad you are sporting a cool eyepatch and i hope you're better in a few weeks! Wink
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2008 10:03:58 AM »

Way cool! I wish I'd thought of this back when I worked at the Eye center... We had little kids come in who would need an eye patch due to some temporary problem, and they got horrid little plastic ones with elastic that cut into the skin.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2008 11:16:49 AM »

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!  That eye patch is awesome, as is your sense of humor about things.  Very cute!

Wow, I had no idea that Bell's Palsy was so common, I too had this about 2 years ago.  It totally freaked me out, but did go away in a week or two.  Meanwhile, whenever I laughed, I did like a little Japanese School Girl, hand covering mouth!  Wish I had thought of an eyepatch!

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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2008 12:21:49 PM »

My mum had Bell's Palsy about 10 years ago. Once we figured out that she wasn't having a silent stroke, we had a good time laughing about it as she dribbled coffee and thus had to drink with her head tilted sideways! It started with her eye burning, which she thought was due to getting soap suds into it during her shower. Then we figured out that the reason the soap got in there in the first place is because the Palsy wouldn't let her close her eye. She would have been PROUD to rock a cool eye patch like this one!
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2008 12:39:37 PM »

cute patch!  and at least you can have the fun of being a pirate--today and as long as you feel like it!

as for coming out in public--Amy Goodman--a fearless lefty journalist--host of Democracy Now--had it last year and she decided to keep doing her broadcasts--she wanted to be the face of reality on tv instead of airbrushed perfection--so you're in excellent company!

« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2008 01:29:16 PM »

That looks great, and I'm glad to hear the condition is only temporary Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2008 01:57:55 PM »

oh this is so cool, i could have used one of these when i was a kid. my left eye was weaker then the right so my doc, wanted me to wear a eye patch over the strong eye for a few hours every day and it was those black ugly ones that hurt....

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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2008 02:38:00 PM »

Arr, matey, ye be doin' quite splendid with the craftin' and the humor-makin'! Keep it up!

Heh, makes me think of the ad that says Craftster is cheaper than therapy. Smiley I can say with perfect honesty that that is the most attractive eyepatch I have ever seen (and I saw lots while shopping for my TLAPD pARRRty!). A handmade eyepatch in pretty colors is definitely cooler than boring plastic. Smiley And apparently more comfortable, judging from the experience of others.

You know, if you're going to have a medical condition that could possibly get you down, having one that's craftable, temporary, and that works out perfectly for a holiday is definitely the way to go! Smiley Nobody wants something like that to happen in the first place, but you really lucked out with the circumstances, and with the positive attitude!

In high school, I had to wear a retainer that looked like a transparent football mouthguard. Talking was a challenge - my Ms came out funny, and Fs and Ss were impossible. It was not a fun situation, but the way I saw it, I could either be utterly miserable for that short period of time (nights only after the first 3 days), or have fun with it. So I hammed it up all I could and had my friends near tears in laughter, and it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Attitude is everything when it comes to things like this, and you've got a great one!

And if you're brave enough to post here, I think you should send this to the Pirate Guys - they'd probably be proud of you for turning an otherwise uncomfortable situation into a way to celebrate the best holiday ever invented!

But we have flamethrowers. And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself, "Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw flame on them."
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2008 05:57:21 PM »

Great job in the eyepatch!! All the best with the Bell's Palsy, I also knew someone who had it when I first met her and she's doing great now!

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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2008 08:23:13 PM »

Wow, I had no idea Bell's palsy was so common! My mom and one of my high school teachers had it, but neither of them rocked a super-cool knit eyepatch. I hope the palsy clears up soon, or as I should have said yesterday, may the winds be favorable to ye, m'lady!

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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2008 04:57:56 PM »

I knit eyepatches for my boyfriend and me for the last Pirates of the Caribbean premiere, but they weren't as good as yours, I like the colors ^_^.

Also, good for you being such a glass-half-full person... ^_^V
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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2008 07:25:15 PM »

You go girl!!  What a fantastic idea.  And I love that it all happened at the perfect time.  Everything happens for a reason, right?

You are a beautiful woman!!  I for one, hope you do work up the courage to wear it out!!  I know for a fact that I would be so jealous!
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« Reply #25 on: September 27, 2008 08:57:51 AM »

love the eyepatch and your sense of humor. My best friend had Bells palsey in high school and she could do the best Elvis lipcurl. We were all slightly jealous. It took her about two months to fully recover, but now she is just fine. Best of luck and be sure to get yourself some fun swirly straws.

« Reply #26 on: September 27, 2008 09:44:23 PM »

That patch is awesome!  But I can understand why you don't want to wear it out in public, because then everyone wants to know why, and telling them all would get old.

My husband had Bell's back in the day, I wished I'd made him a cool patch like this!  The Bell's did clear up, but it is scary at first.

I wanted to say to all of you who said that crooked smiles could be nice: THANK YOU.  I was in an accident that left my smile not right and I still hate it.

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« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2008 11:00:16 AM »

I had bells palsy when I was younger.  I wish I would have thought to use an eye patch since I couldn't close my freakin eye!

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