Day 72: Cage Fighting

  • Pain: 0/10
  • Inconvenience: 2/10

Twisted Corona: entertaining guests since 2004.

That’s the second twisted Corona bottle I bought during my trip to Mexico back in 2004. The first one broke approximately 5 minutes after I purchased it. I also learned, during that episode, that the bottle is filled with colored water, despite being priced as if it were filled with real beer.

I’m still eating as much as I possibly can each and every day. I learned, upon weighing myself at the gym today, that I’m now 178 lbs. That means I’ve gained over 8 lbs in the past 7 days. Solid food really does make all the difference. So if anybody out there is trying to lose weight fast, remember: Go liquid! ® (Perhaps I should trademark that phrase…)

The cubicle walls can no longer contain The Fortress of Ensure.

I have big news today: I have officially drank my last can of Ensure, possibly forever! I converted the last few empty cans into a couple of extra levels for The Fortress of Ensure, which can now be seen from across the office since it has risen to heights so great that the cubicle walls can no longer contain it. My workmates told me I should have been sponsored by Ensure throughout this entire ordeal.

I’d like to take a moment to send my best wishes to two ladies who are joining the jaw surgery club: Lauren, who is going in for the operation today, and Kimmy, who had the procedure performed yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you. Think positive!

I modeled my tower after the Burj Dubai to satisfy my addiction to architecture.

I’ll depart today with a random story from my job. The building I work in is three storeys high. I work on the second level. Today, I had to run up to the third floor to pick something up from our lab team. I had previously assumed this floor was completely empty, sans the lab personel and our coveted ping pong table. But guess what: There are almost 15 people working up there–an entire team! I’ve been working in this building for 40 hours per week over the past 5 months, and never was I aware we had an entire group of people residing upstairs! After hearing my story about jaw surgery, one of the guys suggested I concoct a tale about my cage fighting from days gone by. Since I’m completely on board with that idea, that will now be my primary “reason” for electing to have double jaw surgery.


  1. To be perfectly honest, I never took to any jaw exercises. My movement returned through the acts of talking and eating alone. There were a few weeks where I tried whistling once in a while to break some of the scar tissue up, but that didn’t last too long.

    Speaking and eating should be enough to help you regain movement. If you need to take that a step further, start chewing gum all day long as soon as you’re able.

  2. HAHA I am still off work and I emailed my ENTIRE team to let them know I can sip through a cup. Quick question. When did you start doing jaw exercises to start opening your mouth and to get rid of scar tissue? I can already tell I have scar tissue built up and things are very tight. My surgeon said at the 6 week mark but I’m worried that’s too long 🙁 This journey is such a roller coaster! One day I’m fine and then the next I’m freaking out.

  3. Drinking from a cup is such an accomplishment, isn’t it, Elizabeth? I swear that momentous achievement changed my life!

    Make sure you have a mini throw-your-syringes-out party. =)

  4. Ahhh I can’t wait until I’m done with Ensure! I will never want a chocolate drink of any kind after this. I’m 13 days post-op and finally was able to start drinking from a cup yesterday, which makes “eating” easier. No liquid food on me or my clothes! I can also smile a good amount. However, apparently it’s pretty funny. So funny, the Canadian mother laughed at me for a few minutes. Silly mommy.

  5. In normal cases, I probably wouldn’t ask permission…but since we now correspond, I feel that you at least deserve that respect. 🙂

  6. Haha, I don’t think you ever need to ask permission to link pages on the Internet. That’s what keeps all the information connected!

  7. Still, I’m telling you, this blog is the best! I’m SO glad I found it. And I hope you don’t mind, but I put a link to it on my page…is that all right? My mom’s already read yours. 🙂

  8. Aimee, I don’t personally know them either. I’ve just met them through here. =)

  9. I LIKE it! Great idea. Oh, and go for the trademark…I like that, too!

    Good luck to both women. I don’t know them, but I’m sure by the time this is all over and done with, I will! Good luck to both! Sending good thoughts their way!

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