Still Open #41

Always Open: Still Open #41

Join Barbara Dunkelman and Mariel Salcedo as they sit down with everyone's favorite bartender, Texas Dela Rosa, as they discuss his recent diagnosis with Bell's Palsy.

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  • AutumnOnFire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold How may I be of service?

    1 week ago

    Ohhh, that's why.

  • kiraraneko FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ms. obsessed

    2 weeks ago

    Wow that is really cool for Texas and the Always Open crew to talk about this. I had never heard of Bell's Palsy before and I did catch a glimpse of Texas during the regular episode and think "oh my gosh, did he have a stroke?"

    It's such total BS that this can happen to anyone at any time for no reason, but people should definitely know about it because of that!

  • smasheffect FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I got had Bell's Palsy about 7 years ago. recognized it on Texas as soon as I saw it. I was lucky and only had it for a month. I hope for a speedy recovery for you Texas.

  • dwaynead FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    my uncle has bells palsy. Very odd as his comes and goes.. Hope you recover.

  • brrap_brrap

    3 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing this important info, hope you get better soon Texas.

  • kahuld FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I actually REALLY appreciate this. Im now 22 and healthy as can be. However, when I was around 15, I had the EXACT same thing happened to me. All the same symptoms. I had an eye sorta droop and my mouth didn't work similar to you. All the way down to a Charlie horse and lack of taste. I lived in the middle of no where. The nearest hospital was 45 minuets away via car. So no public transportation. My grandmother who I grew up with, didn't care. She would refuse to take me to the hospital. Claiming "it wasn't important" and "it's a waste of gas" it was in the summer, so I didn't go to school. Luckily, it only lasted 2 weeks. In hindsight I wish I would have went to a near by neighbor or something, but I was too scared to see any of the people who lived around me.

    But, Texas here today, makes me believe that what's happening to Texas in this time, is the same thing that happened to me. Although, I moved passed it and there's no permeant damage, but it did scare the hell out of me. Thanks guys :)

  • DarkGrizzly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Intern at Bohemian Grey

    3 weeks ago

    Love you Texas you make this show even better than it already is feel better!

  • lennysaurusb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Texas, you babe, thank you for sharing such a personal thing! I hope the recovery goes well <3 You are a badass and I am always happy to see you on the show :)

  • Ayeitssmiley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Such a great video. I had bell's palsy, about 4 months ago, I've recovered, took about 3 weeks for me to be back at 100% normal. It started as not being able to taste things for like 3 days, I thought it was allergies; so after those 3 days, my face got paralyzed overnight, I immediately went the ER, thinking it was a stroke. My specific case turned out to be caused be a cold sore and probably the stress of starting a new job. They gave me steroid shot on my ass, and had me take steroid pills for a week. The recover process felt like it dragged on forever. While in the ER, the doc checking me out told me a story of this police officer, big 6'7" pretty boy type guy who developed bell's, he had spent 6 months at home hiding, with full, left side facial paralysis.

  • mollyflood FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I hope you get better Texas!

  • TransientPasserby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing this. I saw Texas in the main show and was curious/ worried but wasn't sure if it would be rude to ask even if it was out of concern. Prayers for Texas' health. You're awesome man.

  • ChrisMorray

    3 weeks ago

    Damn, poor Texas. Hope his facial muscles get better soon. His smile makes any Always Open episode better. I ain't gay but I do like Texas a lot. 

  • jimmypunk91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I remember when I was 12 I got Bell's Palsy which is weird because they told me adult  usually get it not kids I still have a hard time smiling because you can tell my smile is crook it and my eyes water and I hope it get better for you 

  • sSkibba FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Bells palsy sucks, i got it a few years ago. It's hard to get used to, but you will over time.

  • Thebluerayxx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ray

    4 weeks ago

    Oh man i never noticed before, wow im blind... Well Hope science finds a way to help you and those who have this, science is working fast now so hopefully it's soon.

  • cocojam181 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    remember people,  this is just anecdotal evidence so don't automatically tell your friends or family you know the solution. first talk to medical professionals. 

  • ellora FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    This is so important. Wishing you all the best <3

  • Loquac1ous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I watched this episode of Always Open and immediately when I saw Texas was reminded of how my sister's Bells Palsey looked. On one side her eye brow wouldn't move at all, her jaw was slack and her eye-lid drooped. Lucky for her it went away after a few months but did come back AGAIN before leaving again after a few moths. I know it upset her very much and to this day she is concerned in photos her lips are crooked in her smile. 

  • BigDaddyDeadpoo1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold BigDaddyDeadpoo1

    1 month ago

    Oh yea I've heard of Bell's Palsey. It could be pinched nerves, could be anything really. Seeing an acupuncturist might not be a bad idea. May or may not work, but it'd be worth a shot. It's good for you every now and then anyway (to really relax some muscles), and they can do other things than just acupuncture. I'm glad you shared though, Texas, because I was worried you had a heart attack or stroke!


    Nevermind, Texas is already doing acupuncture!

  • RT_Fullmetal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing this with us Texas. I had no idea this was a disease that existed, and I really appreciate being informed about it. I hope you get better soon!

  • Space_zero FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I had no idea this existed 

  • CptKyle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I just recovered from Bell's Palsey a week ago. It came on the exact same way with a change in my pallet and took about 3 weeks to fully recover. It's a terrifying experience, but is fortunately almost always temporary.

  • Dimst FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    The scary thing is i have been having the knotting muscle under my mouth for the last year or so.. like once every couple of months...

    Guess it is time to go to the doctor...

  • rrh1188 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    i had bell's palsey a couple years ago. for about 3 months. turns out it was caused from an ear infection which caused swelling and pinched the nerve. i took some anti-inflamtory and it slowly fixed itself over the course of 2 weeks. it was pretty scary. glady im better now. hope it gets better texas~

  • Cduffstep FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Colm

    1 month ago

    Hope everything will be ok!. Love when ever Texas gets to answer a question or tells a story. I wish didnt take an event like this to get him on the show.  Still Cute af kissing_heart

  • jojofreud4242 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I had it quite frequently as a child, like once or twice a year. No root cause was found and it eventually stopped once I reached adulthood. It only lasted a few days and my doctor at the time always prescribed me with light steroids. (Although I was warned by my doctor that if I didn't start a steroid treatment within 3 days of the symptoms appearing the drooping and inhibition of motor controls on one side of the face were likely to be permanent). Hope you have a swift recovery Texas. 

  • malebolgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing your experience Texas. Sounds like the acupuncture is making real progress. Hopefully you'll be good as new soon. All the best for a full and speedy recovery!

  • Arataikii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Hope you feel better soon Texas! And thanks to the Always Open crew for sharing this PSA! :)

  • Larquette FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Sending you lots of love and hugs Texas!  heart

  • GhostofPizzaPast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold FAF is my fave anime

    1 month ago

    thanks for sharing with us Texas, here's to a speedy recovery!  heart

  • AniRedFox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold AniRedFox

    1 month ago

    My youngest brother has Bell's Palsy too. He has his first "episode" at 4 years old. Half his face was unresponsive for about 5 months then it went away. He had another when he waa about 10 or so. He's 13 now and hasn't had another yet. Hope you have a speedy recovery Texas! I know it's no fun but you got this!! 

  • RonaldMcDonald FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I hope for a speedy recovery Texas! You got this! 

  • Duncanf95 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    glad to see you're improving texas! I think you should put this post show on youtube to get the message out about this. It was very informative 

  • Mike_Kruk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    We love ya Texas!!!  green_heart heart purple_heart blue_heart yellow_heart

  • hippidippi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I've been struggling with bell's palsy for almost a month now, and this honestly made me feel a lot better.

    All the best to you Texas, we can do this!

    • Soots FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Hope you get better too! I didn't know about this and I'm glad people are speaking up to let others know.

  • Yadomi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I remember noticing Texas' facial expression being a little different but I kinda thought it was intentional. I hope everything works out fine for you Texas, best of luck for the future.

  • dchild59 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    All the best Texas!!! 

  • Happilywanderin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Pretty cool to see Barb and Mariel in a more classic interview scenario. I think they handled this topic very well.

    Get well soon Texas. All the best.

  • Delivery_McGee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Acupuncture is bullshit pseudoscience, a placebo at best. It works as well as all the cures for a cold/flu (i.e. it goes away naturally, at exactly the time the "curing" regimen ends). Stop wasting your money, if the real doctors say there's no cure, there's no cure.


    Aside from that, aww, man, that sucks. I've been there, though less so -- one day I woke up and the "up" on my left foot didn't work. Three doctors (clinic referred me to the orthopedic doc who referred me to a neurologist) -- one of whom had had the same condition due to a spinal injury -- and two MRIs, and none of them could tell what caused it, but it eventually went away (In the interim, I tripped over things a lot because the one toe was dragging on the floor), but has come back recently, but not as bad.

    • RemyLeBro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I get the sentiment of your post, but if something's helping someone, let's not just crap all over it. I don't believe in that stuff either, but I always welcome results over beliefs. Especially in the case of someone else's well being. For their sake. 

    • Isaiah_TSSF FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      People can still respond to a placebo..... hence the placebo effect. 

    • macleod57 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Glad you beat me too it. Far too many people waste what little money they have on crap like acupuncture. What is even worse is some go the "alt med" and ignore the actual medicine proven to work and get worse. (eg Steve Jobs) For those that say "what's the harm in trying it?" There is actually a good bit of risk when it comes to acupuncture. It is not a benign placebo. It carries risk of nerve damage along with the potential for spreading numerous diseases if the acupuncturist does not sanitize their equipment properly.

    • Delivery_McGee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Fair play, placebo works half the time. Do what you want/can afford, IDGAF. But my point was, even magic can't fix your nerves randomly fucking off, as I have personally experienced.

    • ChrisMog2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I'm glad more people are willing to speak up against pseudoscientific / "alt-med" practices.  Things like acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki, etc... they just want to take your money until something else works or the symptoms subside, then do their best to convince you that it worked (sans credible evidence, of course) so you continue to empty your wallet.

  • GrizzlyBearable FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Hearts and hugs to Texas! We love you!

  • Youkolvr89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing with us Texas. I hope you have a speedy recovery. I would also like to see you do a full episode on Always Open. 

  • DaBrainFarts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DaBrainFarts

    1 month ago

    Texas, I love you. You're awesome. I really want you on a full episode of Always Open. Please and thank you Barb. 

  • Icenrose FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    It's really cool that Texas is so open about what happened and that Mariel and Barb are so supportive about spreading his message.  I'm glad Texas is well on the road to recovery as well, looking back at the few quick appearances he made last week it's obvious he's doing better.  Much love, Texas!  I hope you make a speedy recovery!

  • UnspokenKibs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I'm just glad whatever insurance he has was able to cover this. For so many people, this kind of emergency would be close to ruinous, and seeing a specialist would be impossible. Healthcare's important, y'all.

    • Delivery_McGee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      It cost me about $5000 to get a diagnosis of "IDK, maybe it'll go away on its own" for my similar problem. And I had pretty good insurance.

  • deviouslyxnice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 1000% Tsun

    1 month ago

    WE LOVE YOU TEXAS!!! <3 I agree on doctors being scary xD;;

  • lorisasaki FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold LoriSasaki

    1 month ago

    One of my close friends had Bell's Palsy. At one point, the only way she could blink was by mushing her eyelid shut with her finger. She went through many sessions of acupuncture and luckily, she made a full recovery in a few months. Hopefully, you do too, Texas! Sounds like a scary experience and I'm glad you are staying open about it and sharing it with us. All the best for your recovery! Much love. 

  • sGHegemon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Get well soon Texas! 

  • IanSouthwick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Man that must've been super scary. Makes me want to give poor Texas a hug :(

  • MrMikeF FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Hope you get better soon Texas!!

  • mckinnonemmett FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    more Texas please!!!!!!