Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Day 20: A growing smile

Pain in Jaw: 4/10 6/10 (Updated)
*I will add usual daily photo of me when my sister decides to give me my camera back*

So my smile is slowly starting to show improvement. I can slowly start to
pull those facial muscles up into a 'smile' even though it's not perfect, it's getting there. The swelling around my nose makes it look fatter when I smile, and the fact that i'm more swollen on one side than the other is making it look abit lop-sided. But no more gummy-ness already! I can't wait until I can show you a full beaming picture, of purely just teeth!

Before Surgery: Me and Bruno!
Attempting to Smile
Update: Pain has gone up slightly alot! It's only in one part of my face, on the side of my chin. I've got a feeling it's near a screw but I daren't have a good feel yet. (I can't wait until I get x-rays so I can see where these things actually are). The pain started following a weird spasm of my jaw - I think I lost myself abit and tried to move it normally but the pain quickly reminded me. It's a new pain, but I can't really describe it. I'm just hoping that it's healing pains rather than something infection related, or something wrong. (I don't even know what th e signs of infection around the screws are so if anybody can clarify - send them over! Must check this out with surgeon at some point!) Dizzy-ness and weakness has also come back and people keep telling me that I look incredibly pale; i'm a far way off from 100% just yet.

I've also noticed how fragile the inside of my mouth is just lately. It's probably due to the feeling is starting to return, but cold drinks feel like ice in my mouth, and hot drinks - they're hot! Having to resort to incredibly milky tea!

On another note, I went to my sisters house today. I've avoided it until now as she has a really hyper boxer dog and I was abit scared he'd headbutt me or something. He was actually incredibly calm and I think he still recognized me which is good, he just couldn't understand me when I said his name, but obviously came bounding over when somebody else called him! I can't wait until the clear talking is back.

Jaw surgery is definitely a long process: healing and recovering in general, learning to talk, opening your mouth AND chewing again. I'm not looking forward to the last one, at all!


  1. U got that right long process!!! You are looking so pretty. I feel sharp pains at time too let me know when you find out.

    1. Hey Hun! :) Saw my ortho today and he told me if the pains got too bad to get in contact with my surgeon about it - but I see him next week so will double check with him then anyway! :) Hope you're okay and work isn't tiring you out too much! xx

  2. I've decided to stalk the crap out of your blog . . . *creepy, horrible smile*. Heh.

    Anyway, since I'm going backwards, I'm glad to hear your pain has gotten better and it's pretty low, as you said in the more recent post. I've noticed I have more pain these days, but it never gets higher than like a 3 or a 4 so it's hard to imagine the pain you're feeling. I have no IDEA where the heck any of the screws are on my face so it's weird to think that they're in there. I haven't said anything about it to anybody because I feel like people feel really disgusted with whatever I tell them.

    Foods! I'm the same way these days! I have to make water I gargle in my mouth warmer now because of how sensitive everything is! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has experienced this recently. It's weird to think you and I got surgery on the same day . . . but I think I kind of like it! Although I cannot even imagine having double jaw surgery! You're doing excellent! (:

    Hahaha. Your sister's dog is cute! I can understand why you were really anxious about visiting though. I hope your speech is coming along well, as people keep saying they can understand me better and better as the days go by. It's funny . . . because when I got home from the hospital I was deathly afraid of my dogs jumping on me. Surprisingly enough, they stayed in bed with me the first four days I was home and never left my side. I think animals have a sixth sense--knowing when you're in discomfort. Haha!

  3. That picture with Bruno is hilarious! :P Love you! xxx