So next week I have my pre-op appointment. I only have 8 more days of work this year. I’m starting to get a little more nervous as the time approaches.
I’m thinking more about what recovery will be like and find myself with lots of questions. How long will my surgery will take? How long will I be on a liquid diet? Can I eat anything for Christmas? Christmas dinner might be awkward just sitting there with the family watching them eat. How many follow-up appointments will I have? Have I prepared enough?
A question for the fellow jaw-surgery patients out there – has anyone tried to gain weight before surgery? How did that work out? I have tried to up my eating but oddly enough have not been able to gain much weight – two pounds at most, really. I’m about 7 pounds above what I consider my ‘ideal’ weight, but I have weighed ~25 pounds less than this (living in Mexico did it to me) and I survived so I think I’ll be okay.
I’m at the point where I’ve been a little stressed about getting everything done at work and beyond. I have had lots of extra appointments, and have been trying to fit my work in around it all. So I’ve gotten less sleep as a result. Less sleep + stress = getting cold sores again, which stresses me more. Who wants a cold sore during jaw surgery? That can’t be good. I am Extremely Prone to them; I am doing what I can for it but life happens. Sigh.
Between that and the stubborn sinus headache that won’t go away, am feeling rotten today. I keep reading about how you can’t blow your nose during recovery. I have indoor allergies that cause chronic sinusitis, particularly in the winter and I can’t imagine not being able to clear my head out for weeks at a time. It’s bad enough now. I’m really hoping the surgery will put my sinuses in better shape but who knows. We’ll see how it goes.
Happy Monday everyone.