29 June 2009

I'm back

Well I have been really slack with posting :( It has been 17 days since surgery and I'm back at as of today. Surgery went really well and I went home the same day which was great because I hate sleeping in hospital (well staying in hospital because you dont really sleep.) The first few days were uncomfortable but not too bad. I had alot of swelling for the first 8 - 10 days but after that it started to go down alot. I still have some around my upper lip and nostrils but people at work are telling me I look 'normal'. I know I dont look normal yet but it wont be long now. The OS said allow at least another month before the swelling is 95% gone then allow another 3 - 6 months for the last little bit to disappear.
Eating is annoying because I cant really chew properly. One reason is that it hurts a bit and my jaw is unstable. Another is that alot of my teeth arent touching because my palate is changing! With my old bite my back upper molars would sit inside my lower molars but now they are sitting almost on top of them. I still have another 7 days of expansion yet so my bite will continue to change until thats finished.
I have a lovely gap now which is about 4mm big - its not too bad but its still a GAP! Its very strange to look in the mirror and see it. Only another 7 weeks until the braces go on and the gap can close up so its not too far away.
I see my ortho next Monday and she will tell me if I need more expansion or not (I'm hoping not!) I will make sure I update here alot more often, promise :)

10 June 2009

RPE goes in today

I'm getting the RPE put in today. I'm trying to enjoy my last few hours with an empty mouth because I know I will have this thing in for around 6 months. I told a few people at work that they cant laugh at my new speech impediment!
I also bought some supplies for post surgery...

Baby toothbrush
Baby spoons
Ice cream
Protein powder
Vitamin C (meant to help with cell regeneration)
Arnica (helps minimise bruising)
Hirudoid cream (good for bruising as well as promoting blood flow to damaged tissue)

Thats it for now. Anything else I need my very caring partner will go out and get it for me :)

Ill be back to update later on the scrap metal cemented in my mouth and how super it feels...

01 June 2009

Stay calm

I cannot stop thinking about my surgery! I am excited but scared at the same time. I know that what I'm doing is the right thing to do, because I know in the coming years its only going to get worse and worse. But as the saying goes, short term pain...