I don't remember much about day 1, coming out of jaw correction surgery. The surgery started a couple hours late, around 11am, and lasted a little over 5 hours. The first night involved sleeping in 1 1/2 hour increments waiting for the next dose of morphine, and nosebleeds anytime i leaned forward. I had a terribly sore throat, and my lips hurt.
The 2nd day i got rolled over to the dental clinic for x-rays and they decided to band me completely shut because the swelling was pulling the lower jaw out of place. So now i can only "eat" juice, water, and broth, all through a syringe.
My lips, nose and under my eyes are numb because some of the major nerves in the face got stretched during the procedure. I've been having a lot of tingling and the feeling is slowly coming back; should be able to eat less messily once i can feel my lips! I spend my day trying to drink enough fluids to stay off the iv, icing my face, and sleeping. I try to shower but the room is so cold that i am shivering uncontrollably and every time i shiver, my jaw clenches up (very painful).
Day three and i get to go home! Little less pain than yesterday; i'm having trouble breathing because of dried up blood in my nose, so the doc cleaned my nose out (can't blow it for two weeks!) and took more x-rays; everything looked good. I managed to sleep over six hours at one point last night, without waking up for pain meds. I'm lucky--and pleasantly surprised!--that my face isn't bruised, just swollen.
Day four, able to get up and shower which makes me feel a lot better. Steven has gone to work for a little bit so i'm on my own. Still eating Ensure, broth, juice, and lots of water. The swelling has gone down a lot more. No more chipmunk jokes from Steven, hopefully. It's a cold day; i wish it was warmer so i could go for a walk, but we got a few snowflakes today so it's worth it!
Giving Up Flour and Eating Fried Bread by Ree
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