- Pain: 3/10
- Inconvenience: 6/10
I shaved my face today. It usually takes me 5 minutes–today it took 30 minutes. It was one of the weirdest feelings I’ve ever experienced. I could feel the little hairs ripping out of my chin, but I couldn’t actually feel the blade moving across my skin. I was in fear of slicing myself open the entire time. I must admit, though, it feels great to have a clean-shaven face. Now if only I had feeling in my lips, chin and nose. If only my lip wasn’t split wide open. If only I wasn’t wired shut. If only I didn’t have a giant splint (pictured on the right, if you can make that out) rendering my mouth unusable.
I’m still having random spasms on the left side of my jaw several times each day. They’re hurting more and more, like the hinge of my jaw is trying to burst apart. It’s incredibly annoying during the night, because I’ll just fall asleep and then I’ll wake up with a terrible, throbbing pain. Last night, however, I slept from 1-4 am, and again from 5-8 am. That’s 6–count ’em, six–glorious hours of sleep! That’s the most I’ve slept in 1 night since the night of my surgery!
You’ll also notice I knocked the inconvenience factor down by 1 point. This morning, while brushing my teeth, I realized I can drink water from a cup! It’s a slow process, but it’s so much more humane than using a syringe! I feel like I’m a real person again! But only when it comes to drinking water…
I have my 2nd appointment with my surgeon on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to being granted the opportunity to brush the insides of my teeth and my tongue once more.
Happy Easter everyone! I promise I’ll participate next year. I’m only missing the food and fellowship part of it though. The real reason for this holiday requires neither of those things. And don’t you forget it.