- Pain: 0/10
- Inconvenience: 2/10
I attempted to eat a bowl of Kraft Dinner last night. My experience was less than optimal, resulting in a feeling of nausea. I guess my stomach just isn’t used to solid food anymore. Since the blender has been doing most of my digesting for me over the course of the past 9 weeks, I imagine my body has to get used to working for its nutrients once again (not that there are any nutrients in Kraft Dinner). The noodles were a bit too small for me to chew well, so I ended up swallowing most of the meal whole. What’s really exciting is that it only took half of a box to fill me up! This means I no longer have to consume 4000 calories per day to stay awake.
My big piece of advice for jaw surgery heroes today is this: When you’re given the go-ahead to start eating solid food again, do so immediately. Don’t wait for another week and a half like I did. Chewing will be difficult, not to mention extremely frustrating (and mentally exhausting). Your jaw is in a different place, your muscles are weak and you’ve likely forgot how to chew properly. I’ve been told it takes approximately 2 weeks to figure the process out again. Try to eat larger items as well. A big piece of pasta or a chunk of meat is going to teach you to chew substantially more quickly than thin foods, like lettuce, are.
Eating is becoming easier each and every day. Tonight I’m going to make tuna mushroom casserole with penne noodles and see if I can manage that. It’s still tough to open my mouth wide enough for adult-sized cutlery though.
I’m also breaking up with Ensure. I have 7 cans left, which should suffice for my “lunch” for the rest of this week. This calls for a party. Since my 10-week run with that God-forsaken meal replacement is now complete, my coworker and I built the new and improved Fortress of Ensure today. Several people from the office have already stopped by to admire its sheer size. One man even fell to his knees in front of it. Just kidding.