Getting over an underbite

blogging my way through double jaw surgery

Day 16

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Mine was a little different but still nice. At Christmas breakfast and dinner, I passed the food instead of eating it. I sipped soup from my honey bottle and admired how pretty all the food was.

In the last few days, there have not been any big changes. But here’s where I am right now:

The area that is numb/swollen is starting to have some movement to it. The edge of the numbness has receded slightly under the eyes. I can also move some front muscles a little, and feel them! It’s so strange to feel those muscles move! It’s the ones I’d use in making sneer face. Hopefully I won’t need to use them too much. 🙂  And I’m just happy I’m not as puffy around the eyes any more. The right side of the face is slightly more swollen and still very tender to the touch in places. Probably a good thing I’m numb; it could be much worse.

Nights are still hard sometimes, and I expect they will be for a while. I try to make sure I am good and tired when I go to bed, so I can fall asleep quicker. Sometimes I just lay there, tired and awake. Last night I had to put in the ipod again to help me fall asleep. I wake up frequently, adjusting my head so that it’s straight again. A couple people asked me if I’d use a neck pillow, but honestly it would put too much pressure on my jaw. Anything that scrunches my neck up or touches my jaw can make it hurt.

During the day there is a slight level of tiredness all the time. I assume this is because I am still in recovery mode.

I feel like I’m doing pretty well over all. Yesterday I was talking with my husband about people asking is the surgery worth it. I said I would recommend that you not ask any patient that in the first couple weeks. We are experiencing all the pain of it but not any of the benefits yet. I think once one starts experiencing the benefits it will seem so worth it. For example, I can already tell that I can breathe better. One of my hopes for this surgery is that it would open up my air passages so I could breathe through my nose better. The congestion has cleared enough I can already tell a huge improvement.

Thought I’d put up a comparison picture to see how I’ve progressed. This is Day 5 and Day 15.



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