On July 6, I had jaw surgery… Overall, everything went very well. I had to wait awhile before I went into the OR. Once I got there and moved over to the operating table as the doctors hovered around making preparations, I remember thinking “I am way too awake right now.” And, that’s the last thing I remember.
I stayed overnight and left around noon on Wednesday (getting home in time to watch Spain beat Germany in the World Cup). The first few days my face swelled a TON!! When I looked in the mirror, it didn’t even look like me! Also, my nose was really stopped up, but started getting better a few days out (won’t go into detail- you’re welcome 🙂 ). About a week after surgery, I was finally able to taste my food. Before then, I could just distinuguish between sweet (chocolate milkshake), sour (cranberry juice), salty (V8 juice), bitter (crushed up sudafed pill semi-dissolved in water- yum! haha!).
My top and bottom jaw are rubber banded together so I essentially can’t move them at all. Consequently I’m not answering my phone and I’m on an all liquid diet. I average probably 2.7 milkshakes per day and have discovered vanilla protein powder (not bad stuff!). I’m amazed what can be liquified in a blender- I’ve had pork burrito (minus the tortilla), teriyaki chicken and mac and cheese. The first couple days I was eating out of a large syringe with rubber tubing attached at the end, because I had a lot of numbness. That made eating take WAY too long, so now I’m just drinking everything from a glass. Thankfully I have no numbness in my bottom lip because they only moved my top jaw. Most (if not all) of the numbness will go away with time- my upper lip and part of my nose and cheeks are still completely numb. Also, I was told 80% of the swelling will go away in the first month.
Can you tell I haven’t been able to talk and just needed an outlet to “say” something? I’ll try to keep periodic updates coming. Thanks for all your prayers. 🙂