Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Post 19 days & everything in the middle

Getting inpatient with me yet? I hope not! I don't get on the computer much, so i'm sorry about all of my late updates. I'll try to post more, even if they're small posts. 

On June 6th (12 days post op) I got my wires cut off, & boy did it feel great! I had to be at  the hospital at 8:30am, & the assistant lady cut them. It didn't hurt, but i did feel the pressure. It wasn't too strong. I felt like my jaw was going to drop, so I kept my hand under my chin. It doesn't drop, but the reassurance comforted me. Then I got to brush my teeth with tooth paste (I had to wash with only mouth wash before that), & my doctor came to see me. He said I was heeling good, & gave me my elastics. I only use two, & this feels so much better than the wire did!

(If you can see the elastic, it's kind of at the tip of my finger. I have another one at the other side of my mouth)

That first day, they told me I could eat anything that I could cut with a fork. My wonderful mom made me eggs & churizo to try to eat, but it was a bit too much. I stuck with soups & stuff like that for the next couple of days. On the 15 day post op, i decided to try some chicken while at my brothers going away party. He left to do his basic training in the U.S.A.N.G. I miss him a lot ): But before i change the subject, I had the chicken. All i had to do was rip it into small, swallow sized bits & i could eat it! It was delicious! A bit of advise: If you want to start eating soon after you get unwired, be sure to work out your jaw simply by opening & closing your mouth. I would get a mirror & do this. It felt a bit weird at first because i couldn't feel my teeth, but i felt a bit of discomfort when my teeth did touch together. Don't worry, this feeling will go away & your jaw will start to feel normal. 

I got a few questions from one of my lovely followers that i'm very happy to answer!

Did having the IV in hurt?
It didn't hurt, it was just a small pinch & i'm a wimp when it comes to needles lol. the needle they used for me pinched my skin , but the actual needle its self was pulled out & a flexable one was left in, so i didn't feel it c: I will admit though, I did faint because I had nothing to eat the night before. That was scary, but i laugh now that it's over with.

Did you feel sick after surgery when you were coming round and was there a lot of blood in your mouth?
When I was in the ICU, I don't remember feeling too sick. When I got to the hospital room i did feel a bit sick though. I was nauseous & very light headed. I was on morphine in the hospital though, so that made me feel a bit better. Before i left, the nurse gave me some medicine for nausea for the ride home. When i got home, i only had to use that medicine once. I didn't have any blood on my mouth (Well, none that I can recall) I did have a bloody nose in the hospital though.

What are you eating to make you recover so quickly?
I'm not sure it's what i'm eating, but the fact that i'm young & my body recovers quicker. But when I was wired, i ate some of my mom's home made chicken broth, & A LOT of protein shakes/ smoothies. (I didnt like the ensures, so i usually got the vanilla Kellogs Special K protein shakes & mixed it with fruit or Coffee ice cream c: ) Now that i'm unwired, i'm eating soft foods that i can chew or anything i can swallow whole. Yesterday I had an In & Out burger with Animal style fries!

Thank you for asking questions! Feel free to, i enjoy answering them! :) If there's anymore questions out there, don't be shy, ask. c:

Before i forget, here's my before & after x rays: 
Side view:

& panoramic view:
It's crazy right, the technology we have nowadays to where we can see all of this? :) I love my new bite<3.

& now to finish todays blog, my 19 days post op smile
& a poker face

As you can see, most of my swelling has gone down. I'm quite surprised myself that it's gone down so much! Thank you to all of those who have been praying for me! 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm a horrible blogger..

I feel HORRIBLE.. Why? Because I haven't updated you guys since surgery! I feel so bad, I'm super sorry ): I'll tell you guys all about the first week now though! I wrote in a journal how i was feeling, so i'll use that as a reference ;)

First, let me tell you about before surgery. My arrival time was 8:00am. Now my hospital was quite a few cities away (about 2 hours), So we decided to leave early so we could stop by my moms work on the way there so she could get some stuff. By the time we did that & found parking at the hospital, it was only 7:30am, so we had to wait -_-  So we did. But we had to wait quite a while after we entered! Finally a nurse put me into a waiting room with my parents, where we had to do a bit more waiting. When the nurse came back, she gave me a plastic-type gown. It was paper on the outside, but plastic on the inside. It's cool actually, because in winter it can be heated to keep you cozy c: Then another nurse came in & gave me an IV in my hand. Granted that I hadn't eaten or drank anything since midnight the night before I fainted. Like jello. After that incident, i had to take a few meds that the nurses gave me, including a nasal spray, & soon enough I got wheeled into the surgery room! I'm quite surprised actually, because I watch A LOT of scary movies, some that include surgery rooms. & i didn't get scared c:

Now for after surgery. Alls i can say was I WAS A BALLOON. My face was puffy & i was in a lot of discomfort :c I mean, I had a massive underbite. They moved my top jaw forward 5mm, & my bottom jaw back 7mm. At the hospital, they gave me a purified air mask thing along with ice packs tied to my face. The ice is for the swelling, & the air mask was to I could breathe better. Since i'm a minor, I got put into the pediatric ward. My room mates consisted of a 12-ish year old girl who had to get an appendicitis, & a toddler (I'd say only about a year or two) who had a rash caused by who knows what. I felt bad for both of them, they were a lot younger than me & having to see specialists. ): 

After being released home, the first 5 days were pretty similar. I was in a whole lot of pain. Well, i wouldn't say pain. Most of what I wrote was i was in a pain 4 level, which isn't too bad. It's like a pokerface. The first three days were difficult. I wasn't very hungry. But when I did eat, i ate with a syringe. It was a bit challenging. I couldn't feel my face at all, so my food would drip & i wouldn't feel it. (I'm at 11 days post op & I still can't completely feel it) At day 5, that was the peak of my swelling. I felt super tight in the face, & I felt like my face was going to explode. It didn't luckily, & right after that it seemed like my swelling decided to go down A LOT. I stopped taking all my pain meds altogether. since then, i havent been feeling much pain. Honestly, i've been feeling fine lately, so i'm not too sure what to write about! So if anyone has any questions, please ask! I'm not too sure what to write about! I want to help any of you who may be getting this surgery done or anyone who is thinking about getting it done. :)

Now, what fun is there on reading a blog & no pictures? Well I took a few, so here's some updates :)

Here's the day of surgery after it was done. The scar on my lip was an accident, but it's gone now :)

Here's me & my handsome brother in our back yard with one of our dogs. He was making me laugh this day, & it hurt so much. But it also made me very happy. (5 days post op)

This was taken yesterday (11 days post op) I went to hang out with my Dad, Oma & Opa after this one was taken.

Suprisingly after surgery & to this day, I didnt bruise or get a black eye or anything. All that happened was swelling, thats it! God has blessed me so much through this journey so far, & i know he will during the rest & beyond it! Thank you, God!<3 

Tomorrow is the day I get unwired! I need to get up to get to the hospital at 8:30am & i should be unwired by 9:30am! I'll post about that tomorrow, plus i'll post up my before & after xrays!