Monday, May 17, 2021

Thank Goodness for Botox

It's not as bad as it looks!

Every three or four months I have botox injections to relieve the spasticity that severely limits movement of my left hand and arm. 

For one of the appointments last year I asked my neurologist if Hubby could take photos of the whole process for my blog. 

My doctor was okay with the idea, but I had overlooked a crucial element. Hubby has an extreme aversion to needles. I just hadn't realized that aversion included needles not intended for him.

That particular needle my neurologist is holding was just one of about half a dozen needles scheduled for my left arm and hand. What isn't in the picture is me stretched out on the examination table. 

That day I realized that I have my own category of needle aversion. Observing a single injection or a single needle for drawing blood has never bothered me. I had never really watched the actual botox sticks though. And I don't want to.

So there is no pictorial record of the treatment that allows me to continue finding new ways to put my stroke-affected left arm and hand to use. But I did get the photo below of those dreaded needles!

Although things on my left side are far from normal, even slight improvements give me a greater ability to contribute to our home. Hubby still does most of the work indoors and outdoors.  But laundry and other mundane tasks have gone from being a chore pre-stroke to a source of encouragement and a sense of accomplishment for me now.

Blessings abound!

P.S. Even though I have had those injections for about seven or more years, I am embarrassed to confess I never could remember if they came around every three months or every four months. I also never counted the exact number of injections until I took the photo above prior to my most recent Botox session. 

In pursuit of precision I checked my calendar. Now it's imprinted in my memory. Those shots roll around every three months. 



  1. It is good that something is available to help you along.

  2. Do they hurt very much? I have had a lot of injections and I.V.'s, but never botox. I'm glad there is something that works well for you.

  3. I had no idea that botox could do this. that is fantastic, needles don't bother me, but i know many that it does bother. so happy for you they found a way to make each 3 months a little better for you..

  4. What a wonderful use for what was once thought of as only a cosmetic tool. Guess it is also helpful for migraines.
    Interesting about your husbands aversion to needles. I was thinking the other day that when we watch the news we must see 10 needle sticks a day. I thought it should help with needle aversion but maybe not. Just glad you have such a relatively easy treatment.

  5. PS.
    The Doc sure is good looking:)

  6. Botox is amazing stuff for healing. I'm glad it is working for you but oh my...
    Those needles look huge and daunting to me.
    Great that you got a record of some of the procedure though.
    Love that you and your Hubby are such a great team.

  7. When I was a kid, I did not mind shots at all. Just did not phase me. And I an take them now, but I generally don't watch them. And when they give injections in my face I close my eyes as they give them. The needles are so very fine I barely feel is just the idea. LOL

  8. I can’t look when I get shots nor can I watch others get one even when it is being shown on TV. I am glad you have something to help you. Botox isn’t only for wrinkles.

  9. Those needles look like weapons! Small spears! Doing that every three months must be bittersweet; the doing of it hard, the results, helpful. I truly never thought of botox in any context but facial change. So thank you for broadening my understanding. Peace.

  10. I'm one of those strange people who likes to watch. I feel more in control, I guess. I don't have a big problem with needles: I have a big problem with no knowing what's happening. It's nice to catch up with you again, but I wish this road were easier for you.

    1. As a child I wanted to watch. it was definitely wanting to be in control!