- Pain: 0/10
- Inconvenience: 4/10
Mini Wheats. One of my favorite types of cereal. I like the fact that they only have frosting on one side–it makes them well-rounded. They’re a little bit about fun and a little bit about health. We have a jumbo-sized box of them in our kitchen. Oh, how I long to have a big bowl of Mini Wheats on a Saturday morning…
My posts from the past few days have definitely been lacking, but today I have some exciting updates! I went to see my surgeon for my “4-week checkup”, which is 10 days late due to the Icelandic volcano deciding to be an attention-getter and delaying planes from all over the world (if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, my surgeon was stranded in Switzerland last week), and he gave me the best news I’ve received in a long time: I only need to wear my elastics at night from now on. I no longer have to spend my days living in fear of snapping them!
Further to that, I found out that I’m slated to have my splint removed on May 10th! That will be exactly 49 days from my surgical date, which means I’ll have lived with this burden for 7 weeks (instead of the proposed 8 weeks). However, as soon as it’s removed, I have to drive straight to my orthodontist’s office so they can put a metal appliance in the roof of my mouth to, once again, prevent my upper palette from shrinking.
My surgeon is surprised at how well my recovery is coming along. I learned the following things at my appointment:
- The incision sites are all closed up and almost completely healed over
- My stitches are beginning to dissolve
- The swelling in my cheeks and lips should be completely nonexistent in a month’s time (he told me my swelling is still quite prominent due to the fact that he had to move my cheeks forward during the surgery)
- He’s quite surprised that I already have patchy feeling in the right side of my chin and bottom lip (apparently those areas are usually completely numb for at least 3 months)
- I can expect a lot more mobility with my jaw over the next 3 weeks
I’ve had fairly brutal throbbing present in the joints on both sides of my jaw since my appointment. This always happens because I have to open my mouth as wide as I can so my doctor can get his mirrors and other interesting dental tools inside to look around. It’s nothing a smoothie-and-Blizzard dinner won’t fix, though!
On an unrelated note, I’ve added Facebook comments to these posts. If you’re logged into Facebook, you can now easily post a comment without having to give your name or email or anything. Make sure you give it a try! (Note: I don’t believe the comments work in Internet Explorer 7 and below. If you don’t see them, you should probably be upgrading your browser anyway.)
Edit: Facebook comments have been removed due to several issues (scrollbars going crazy, comments not loading properly, inability to subscribe to new comments, incompatibility with older versions of Internet Explorer, and so on).