Just returned from Wisconsin after 2 1/2 days therapy with Jackie. What an amazing woman! My facial nerves are working...muscles all knotted. I was pretty sure of both of these before I met with her. She taught me how to stretch the muscles in my face...hopefully getting them to relax over time...and a couple of strategies that will help retrain my brain's connection to the facial nerves that will help with the synkenesis. It was amazing to see the deep crease in my nasal-labial fold relax, if even for just a few minutes.
I've been so lucky with my doctors, my therapists, my healing...I read what everyone else is going through and it seems my situation has been so minor compared to some of yours. When Jackie first called me back last Monday morning, her initial reaction was that I couldn't be her patient as she initially saw nothing wrong with my face. Then, I spoke, I smiled, and she saw.
Of course, what I see in the mirror and feel when my mouth doesn't work correctly isn't how others perceive me. Our own view of ourselves is always so much worse than what others see. We are our own worse critics...our minds tend to remember what our faces looked like immediately after surgery. We see ourselves changing in the mirror, day after day, but our mind doesn't see the change...it remembers that first look in the mirror after we woke up from the anesthesia.
Jackie doesn't only give us back the movement in our faces, she gives us back the ability to actually see what others see. Part occupational therapist, part psychologist, Jackie understands what no other professional seems to. That, in and of itself, is well worth the trip to Madison.