Botox. Cosmetic, medical, controversial and beneficial.
Now I can only talk from the perspective of personal experience, so I will. Every three months I have botox injections into the spastic muscles in my left arm. Two vials of the toxin is injected into my arm, at multiple sites, targeting specific athetoid/spastic muscles throughout my whole arm. From my biceps to my finger flexors.
My experience is over 16 years in the making.
I am not the kind of person who endures something because I feel I should. I choose to endure this unquestionable pain for an unquestionable benefit. I continue to receive botox, by choice, because it works!
Let me elaborate.
Seven days since the administration of botox into my left arm, like smooth jazz and potent Cognac I feel the full effects of it. I am relaxed, with little-to-no spasms, and when I roll over in bed at night I need to pick up my arm if I wish it to follow – my arm becomes so relaxed it will not automatically follow the rest of me when I roll over. This is the desired outcome.
One month after the administration of botox into my left arm, I still pick up my arm when I roll over in bed, and there is minimal activity during the day. My arm causes me very little trouble at this point in the cycle.
And the following two more months before my next botox appointment I expect my left arm and hand to gradually become more active.
Botox is now so predictable in my system that I know to expect my next appointment letter in the mail five to seven days before it actually arrives. I know by day six after my injections I will need to start picking up my arm when I roll over in bed at night. By the end of one month I know how much activity to expect in my arm. And I know what to expect over the next two months before I receive my next botox administration.
Botox is so predictable in my system that if it is not administered correctly I can tell. I can tell so confidently and accurately that I will contact my neurophysiologist and tell them exactly which muscle they missed or failed to inject enough toxin into.
Some may say that it is an addiction. I say, it works!
And I question what addiction is in such circumstance.
It surprises me that people (both female and male) will use botox to reduce wrinkles. But who am I to judge? It also surprises me that some people are afraid or are anti-botox for their own benefit, and strongly refuse to try it, even if they have a medical condition with which it could help significantly. I think if you try it and figure out that it’s not the best solution for you, then great. But at least you tried.
That’s my experience in a nutshell, or a botox vial. What do you think?
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