It’s hard to believe that two full weeks have come and gone. While I’m still in full blown recovery mode, I have definitely started to feel much more like myself. The biggest contributing factor has been successfully having a full night’s sleep. WHAT a difference! Up until a couple days ago, the norm had been 1-2 hour intervals of sleep followed by 1-2 hours of insomnia. It didn’t matter how much I tried to regain ‘rest’ through the day, the night time interruptions made it increasingly difficult to ‘feel better’ once morning arrived.
I’ve entered the stage where the remainder of my swelling continues to decrease at a snail’s pace. But that’s okay! It’s amazing to see how things have changed in merely two weeks; and how there are noticeable, subtle changes every day. I have also noticed that depending on how and what position I slept the night before, the swelling that remains tends to shift through my face. At this point, it’s mainly my chin, right nostril and cheek. I did notice last night that swelling in my nostril and right cheek minimized slightly after trying a heat bag.
Day 1 (that was a nightmare haha)
I know it’s still early but I have not seen much progress in this department in the last week. Problem areas are similar to the swelling regions plus my upper gum is completely numb and my tongue only has partial sensation (and tastebuds functionality 😦 ). Areas in red are still completely numb; areas in orange are partially numb. I still have constant tingling/prickly sensations across my chin and lower lip.
Since getting the surgical bands removed, my level of pain has drastically reduced. HALLELUJAH!!!! The jaw spasms have almost completely disappeared; another reason sleeping has dramatically improved and the piercing pain in my lip has stopped! Otherwise, I still have constant toothache pain across my lower front teeth and my lower right molars. However, this is nothing a simply Tylenol can’t help 🙂 I’m most happy with the fact that I no longer require multiple dosages of liquid ibuprofen through the night. I rarely take medication in general so I’m happy to be weaning off of it. One round before bed and I’m good until the next night!!
Eating and Weight Changes:
NO MORE PARTICLE-FREE LIQUIDS!!!!!!
I’m happily in the ‘no chew’ food stage of post surgery. Ironically, since having this new food freedom, I haven’t had nearly the appetite! What’s up with that?!?! Up until now, I was downing ensure/boost drinks and strained soups like it was candy (unappealing candy nonetheless) and still felt hungry. Now, I actually have to remember to eat something….so…strange.
During my particle-free liquid diet, I think I lost roughly 5 lbs. I was surprised that that was all but now I contribute that to a) forcing myself to eat using a cup rather than syringe – enabled me to intake far more calories and faster and, b) the sugar content in meal replacement drinks – it’s actually disgusting now that I think of it! Prior to surgery, I had been following the Fast Metabolism Diet plan to increase my metabolism and cut out ‘the junk’. Post surgery, once I had to depend on these drinks, I realized that I was drinking excessive amounts of the very things I had worked at cutting out – sugar, sucrose, corn syrup, cornstarch, canola oil. Yes, these are the PRIMARY ingredients in all of these meal replacement drinks….DISGUSTING.
Since focusing on ‘no chew’ foods, my system and skin feel SO MUCH BETTER. I had been experiencing breakouts and bloating from the increased sugar. Some of the items I’ve been enjoying in the past few days include:
– smoothies with protein powder and cytogreens
– mashed sweet potatoes and avocado
– butternut squash and carrot soup
– creamy potato and leek soup
– overcooked pasta
– fish cakes (mashed)
– mini m&ms melted in my mouth (two at a time lol)
Jaw Exercises and Physical Activity:
I’m still working away at my ‘five times a day’ jaw exercises to increase how much I can open my mouth. I find my joints to be very stiff in the morning so jaw expansion is better by mid day. In the morning I can open roughly 15mm. By mid day, 20mm. I find it harder to expand the right side of my mouth. Not sure if this is because of joint pain or the increased swelling on that side which you can notice from the puffiness on that side of my lips?
Thanks to the increase in steady sleep, I’ve been able to get out more for short walks. I’ve been out to the mall and completely a solid 30-40 min walk.