Saturday, March 9, 2013

a good DAY FOUR an update

I am officially four days post-op if you count surgery-day as "Day Zero", which I do. Today is supposedly the peak for swelling, but I have to say that I think day #2 was the worst of it. At least based on pictures. Overall, my face has felt pretty consistently like a humongous, puffy, awkward, big-numb-blob, and if I looked anything like how I feel, my face would be the size of a watermelon. But the thing is, I don't think my swelling ever got that bad, except for maybe my lips. I had prepared myself to appear relatively horrifying, and here I am, just kinda looking like I got my wisdom teeth out, with my face stuck in a bit of a stiff/angry/tired position. Here are some comparative shots over the past few days for you to take a gander at:

Here's a look at day five (I just wanted to include these in this list of pre-bandage-removal photos)

As far as day-to-day life is going...well, it's not really. Not yet, at least. Overall I take a lot of baths and naps, wear an icepack almost constantly, and drink more soup than I'd prefer—through a syringe, nonetheless, which is a bit dehumanizing. But enough of the dramatics. So far the diet has mostly consisted of tomato bisque, mashed potatoes, and blended chicken pot pie. Nathan created a concoction in which my terrible, awful pain meds are drowned in chocolatey-peanutbuttery milkshake, so I also drink that a few times a day along with my other prescriptions. And milk, obviously. If you know me, you know that lots of milk is involved.

Like I said before, my pain and nausea have been on the relatively low side. The worst pain comes from the roof of my mouth (oh right, that's where my top jaw is), so swallowing can become a bit excruciating after a few hours without medication. One of my biggest frustrations, though, is the numbness—oh how I wish I could feel my cheeks and lips! I've always loathed that post-Novocaine feeling after the dentist, and this is obviously a lot, lot worse. Does anyone who's been through this have some tips as to get feeling back a bit quicker? (exercises, vitamins, anything?). 

As for highlights, there aren't many: today I went for a walk, tomorrow I might venture to visit with the future-in-laws, and on Monday I see the surgeon again. Baby steps. I'll keep trying to update this here blog o' mine, and in the mean time, if there's anything in particular you'd like to know, just post a comment or write me an email and I'll do my best to get back to you...ya know, when pressing matters like naps and baths are at bay :)


  1. Hey your swelling is looking pretty good compared to im now a lil over 3wks post op I still cant feel bottom lip or my chin nor roof of my mouth ughhh I pray it comes back before I return to work. Right now I am taking my liquid. Vitamin B complex which helps with the nerve and Vitamin D3 with calcium to help strengthen bones and teeth. So far I have been feeling burning in lip and little tingles in lips and chin at times o how I wish the nerves will fully wake up and say hello lol.

    1. Thanks for all your comments, Kristie! I can't wait to be 3 weeks post-op--that's when I get my splint out...and you were so right about the splint on your blog: it's shnasty! and i feel like without it I could get a spoon in there, which sounds wayyy better than a syringe. In the mean time, I'll let you know when my nerves say "hello" if you let me knows when yours wake up, too :)

    2. Hey just saw your reply to me. Well mine have not woke up yet still chin, bottom lip, roof of mouth and gums still sleep I still feel burning and tingling and tightness but thats it lol. You are looking good at 3weeks I saw your post