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Challenge: Aftermath (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Date: Oct 21, 2014
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 21, 2014

Wow. I really didn't think this had the ability to place this well.

Its kind of a sappy story but a few weeks ago, I lost a bit of taste in my mouth and the right side of my face started drooping over a day or so, slow onset. Immediately I was thinking Bell's Palsy. I waited a few days and went to the doctor, (because I could not really talk effectively) and he immediately sent me to the hospital under Stroke protocol.(that is where I got the mask- and numerous tests, and heparin shots in the stomach, and vast amounts of blood tests and heart leads stuck to me.- and a 45min Mri of the brain, neck and carotids-all negative)) All was negative, and after a week of anti-viral and steroid I am 95% back on the right side.

Emotion. I couldn't smile for almost 3 weeks. Couldn't blink on the right, crinkle my eyebrow and nose. And my vision was off as well. Everything pulled right, got in the way, tasted like metal. So when I had the idea to show emotion under a mask, it was real, cathartic emotion for me. The story doesn't have to be autobiographical, it can be whatever the viewer wishes: disease, ebola, loss, frustration over a sick relative or bad diagnosis, etc.

Thanks for the comments and concern. I am near 100% at this point.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 61
Avg (all users): 6.4545
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.2258
Avg (non-participants): 6.5789
Views since voting: 1027
Views during voting: 199
Votes: 88
Comments: 20
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10/31/2014 12:50:53 PM
Wow, Paul. Really scary story. Glad you are well on your way back to full recovery.
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10/31/2014 11:17:45 AM
Excellent image. Sound like the same symptoms my husband experienced from being diagnosed with Lyme disease.
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10/30/2014 11:21:33 PM
Wow - strong story to go with this photo. I was hoping it was just a set up and nothing emotional was really going on. Hopefully one day soon you will look back at this shot and with a 100% smile admire your ribbon. Congrats! (on the ribbon). Best wishes for a healthy recovery.
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10/30/2014 08:54:13 PM
I like reading your comments.

I "read" this image as a doctor who had lost a patient.

I thought it was brilliantly depicted.

Congratulations on your ribbon!
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10/30/2014 11:46:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Great depiction of the challenge criteria. Sorry to hear about your medical situation. Glad you are doing better.
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10/29/2014 07:56:07 PM
Ok so sorry about what you went through, I had a feeling the emotion was raw.

Hang in there and all the best.
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10/29/2014 07:22:11 PM
Well done
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10/29/2014 03:35:32 PM
Goodness Paul, that's why it looks so real; it WAS REAL! Hope that the incident becomes a distant memory after which remains a great shot.
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10/29/2014 02:35:43 AM
Great work Paul. Congrats on the ribbon
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10/29/2014 12:58:42 AM
And now all you need is the academy award and a blue, WD!
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10/29/2014 12:25:22 AM
Great emotion. Nicely done, Paul. Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/29/2014 12:25:03 AM
Fine work, Paul. Well conceived and presented. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2014 04:53:45 PM
My choice for Red.
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10/27/2014 09:05:01 PM
An operation gone wrong, bad feeling!
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10/27/2014 02:11:26 PM
Very good concept and well done.
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10/24/2014 12:41:06 AM
9 from me.

I feel the emotion here.
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10/23/2014 09:47:36 PM
This tells it all and leaves us to guess as well. Excellent and bump to 10
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10/23/2014 08:15:55 AM
emotive shot, can almost feel his stress.
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10/22/2014 12:09:22 PM
Very emotional.
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10/22/2014 11:14:23 AM
Honorable mention
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