Not much has changed. Still have the bands. Bands break, I replace them. Some pain went away in the upper right of my face, where it was also more swollen than the rest of my face at one point. Less pain when I move my face muscles too. Today was the first day without any painkillers. Overall swelling is down more.
I still don’t have some feeling in my upper lip, and it does still hurt to smile from the incision/stitches, so this is all you get!
Yesterday was extremely tiring. The first day back at work, and by 9pm I was done. I had to go in early for the xrays, and the less than usual calorie intake that I’ve been getting didn’t help, but I’ll be adjusting that soon.
So last night I got a ton of sleep, and promised myself I’d get a super smoothie in the city today. I think it’s the first thing I had in a week where I considered myself to be “full”. I’ve got some ingredients at home that my mom left to play with, soup and Ensure gets boring after a couple days.
I tried drinking through a straw and it was a total failure. I just drank out of the cup, which was a success, but messy. I also had coffee now that I’m off antibiotics and painkillers, and I think I’ll reward myself with a beer when I get home.
Less swelling, less stuffiness, less pain. I stopped icing and moved to heat pads for the day. I was less sleepy today after meds, and I didn’t need a mid-day 4 hour drug coma! Eating water ice today was a success! I just had to let it all melt so that I could basically drink it. Maybe ice cream later.
Tomorrow I’m going to try to work from home. I’m getting a little restless not having anything to do all day other than drinking food that Adrianna makes me food and playing video games, and I feel like I’ve got some mental focus back now so I’m really looking forward to some activity.
While the pain and swelling are controlled with meds and heat and ice paks, I still have my jaw wired shut via bands. I still get some dizziness if I move my head too fast, or if I lean over a little too much. There’s some discomfort if I try to talk or smile too much. I still have to sleep upright otherwise stuff will come out of my nose. I’m still on a mostly liquid diet and that’s not going to change any time soon, since my jaw bones still have to recover.
But I feel almost “normal” now, aside from a few side effects of the drugs. And the part about not being able to use my mouth for anything . And having a poofy face. But, a world of difference from day 0.
Here’s a combined progress photo of right after braces (1 year ago), right before surgery (5 days ago), and today.
I woke up with less pain than the morning before. And gallons of drool that flowed down my entire body. I recommend sleeping in shirts that you wouldn’t mind becoming wash rags.
Still swelling. Poof. This is the last day of icing, moving to warm packs.
Around mid-day I started feeling some things I haven’t felt in a couple days. The roof of my mouth is gaining more feeling and my lips feel like I got out of light numbing from the dentist. My cheeks and upper lip seem to be coming back as well, so maybe tomorrow can be shave day.
I’m going to try and have some warm soup today. My appetite is coming back. I’ll probably have to venture into foods other than Ensure if I want to not go crazy the next couple weeks.
Just woke up from a oxycodone/sudafed coma. The drowsiness of that combination will put me to sleep no matter what I’m currently doing. Fortunately I woke up in time to 1) take the 2nd round of meds, thank goodness because I was extremely stuffy and 2) watch the PSU game.
I have an oral rinse that I’ve been taking since surgery. On day 1, rinsing was very difficult. Not being able to feel the roof of your mouth makes it hard to swish, and makes you feel like you’re not actually rinsing (but you are). Rinsing on day 4 feels weird, but now I think I can feel the rinse splashing against the top which makes it easier. There’s still no spitting since my jaw is wired shut, so you let it fall out of your mouth and rinse again with a water afterwards.
The soup earlier today was awesome. Something hot instead of cold for the last 3 days. I was brave enough to try thicker soup for dinner and it was super delicious. I can’t believe how good warm semi-regular food tastes after having just water/juice/ensure/boost for a few days. It’s the little things that make me happy during this recovery. Tomorrow I’m going to try for melted ice cream or water ice!