Friday, 14 December 2012

TWO MONTHS! ...and 1 day!

I have hit two months!!! ...and one day.  Sorry, I am pretty terrible at posting these days, in comparison to how often I was posting the first month.
How am I doing at 2 months post op you ask?
Well I am still a bit swollen.  It's a slow process, but my patients has definitely gotten better.  I am becoming more comfortable with my new look.  There are some people that don't even notice that I had anything done, and others think I look completely different.  It's weird when I am walking by a mirror and I catch my reflection from the corner of my eye, I feel like I do look different, and its taking getting used to catching a quick glimpse of myself.  I think my smile is slowly settling. It is starting to feel less forced/fake if that makes sense. It is starting to feel more natural every day. Mornings are still a bit rough, I am most swollen in the mornings usually.  As the day moves forward, the swelling comes down.  Although, the other day for some reason I was really swollen into the afternoon.  I am not sure why, but I'll post a photo to show you how swollen I was that day.
As far as pain goes,  the configuration of the bands make my joints and ears ache like crazy.  Sometimes it feels unbearable. It seems like talking while having them in actually helps though. Maybe it relaxes the joints, who knows.
I had an infection in my glands and tonsils and I am still on antibiotics for it, so that is slowly healing as well.  It was REALLY sore and also swollen, so it did not help with the added aching in my joints and ears at all.  However, like I said, it's slowly getting better.
My diet is improving, eating more.  Trying more food, even if it takes me longer to chew, I think it's good exercise to try tougher food.  My surgeon is a pusher when it comes to eating whatever I want.  He doesn't really have any restrictions with anything, lol.  Pretty much I should keep eating whatever I want, if it's really that difficult to eat, then don't.  However, if I want to increase my strength I shouldn't just stick with mushy food.
My surgeon gave me exercises to do with my jaw, which I haven't been doing a lot.  I feel like it aches so much afterwards, so I avoid it. Although, I know I should be doing them if I ever want to improve the movement of my jaw.
I had a orthodontist appointment yesterday.  They said if they don't have to, they do not plan on changing my wires anymore.  They would like to fix all the last details by just changing the configuration of my bands.  I asked if my braces would be off in approximately 6 months?  He said, "so you want them off before summer time?"  I told him that I would love that, I don't necessarily want them off if my smile is not ready, but it'd be great if we could have them ready by them.  He seemed hesitant to tell me a 100% yes at this point. I was pretty disappointed by the hesitance.  I mean, in March 2013, I will have had these braces on for three years. GET THESE THINGS OFF OF ME!!!!!!!!!! .... is what I felt like screaming in the ortho office.  I restrained myself, lol.  He told me to try wearing my bands as much as possible, as that would help things move along.  I am terrible at wearing them 24/7.  I feel like I slur so much when I talk when I have them in my mouth.  Ya! I know! Bad excuse for someone who wants their braces off before summer.  They changed my ligature elastics during this visit because mine stain really quickly because I drink so much coffee. I always get very light coloured elastics, so that doesn't help.  I wear chain elastics.  Not sure how I explain this to those who don't have braces.  It's a chain of elastic, which connects from one bracket to the next.  Anyways, whenever they change things I squirm and almost cry.  It's the most uncomfortable thing ever.  Not only that, but I am so squeamish since after the surgery with them messing around in my mouth.  Also, since I can't open my mouth 100% and even my lips and around my mouth hasn't settled yet, it makes it uncomfortable for me with their hands trying to stretch it out to get in the back on my mouth.  I am not an angry person, but when they are putting this chain elastic on, I have SO MUCH fury inside of me, lol.  If only they could hear my thoughts during that moment.  My ortho always asks if I need a break because I am deep breathing so heavily. I always respond with a stern "I'm fine!" lol. I just want them to pick it up and get it over with.  Seriously, I'm really not an angry person at all, and I find it funny that I have to resist the urge to punch her out. LOL! Seriously, I would NEVER do that, please don't think I am a violent person.  This may be the only thing in life that gets me that riled up.  Okay enough of my silly ortho shenanigans.
Oh ps.  I have been keeping EXTREMELY busy with work.  Working 6 days a week, 8-9 hour shifts.  It's getting a lot easier and it is nice keeping busy and having some $$ coming in after taking 5 weeks off!! Didn't expect to take that much time off work.   
OH! Ps.  I got a lot of low lights put in my hair.  So I am much closer to a brunette now. 

This was on Monday I think, I had swollen up a bit for some reason. :( 

Day before surgery and two months after

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Day 49 - 7 weeks

Hi all,

So today I had my seven week post-op check up with my surgeon.  He gave me some exercises to do in order to increase the flexibility/movement of my jaw.  Stretching by opening my jaw, but also putting my fist under my chin and putting resistance on it, and doing the same but putting the resistant from the inside of my mouth by pushing with my fingers down.  Also, I can't move my lower jaw side to side much, so I am supposed to forcing my jaw to the left, again putting resistance on the left, pushing against it, and likewise for the right side.  I should also mention that I can still only open my jaw two fingers apart.  It should be three.
He asked me to change the way I put my bands on, on my right side, then check with my orthodontist to make sure they're ok with it.  I have an orthodontist appointment next Thursday. I'm excited for this because I want to get the show on the road, so to say, lol.

For the past 5 or so days my throat has been sore and dry.  It's affecting my sleep; every time I turn over it hurt me.  I asked my surgeon about this and he thought it was unrelated to the jaw surgery.  So I went to the walk-in clinic and turns out it is an infection.  So I am back on an anti-inflammatory medication.  Needless to say, the reason I've been exhausted this week is because of this infection.

I've been working 8-9 hours shifts lately and it's getting easier.  I am still just supervising.  I am nervous to get back into serving, because I feel like people still look at me funny with the way I talk.

My diet is improving slowly, because my chewing is getting better.  It's not perfect yet, I think, because I cant open my jaw fully yet.

That's about it for now friends.  If anyone has any questions let me know.  I'll try to post photos sometime soon.