Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Surgery is so soooon

Well, July 22nd, so I still have a couple more weeks to go, but seriously it needs to get here, now! I do have a lot to do between now and then though. I need to go pick up all my prescriptions, get my stuff ready that I am going to want at the hospital, set up stuff for me to do when I get home from surgery-books, movies,CDS, and whatnot, stock up my fridge with things I can actually eat.....
I just had my pre-op yesterday and we covered everything! I met with my surgeon, saw my nutritionist and it got me so excited. I am going to have to wear a splint for 8 weeks, which means, no chewing, sucking, swishing, any of that, for 8 weeks. So, I will be on a liquid/soft food diet for that time. The nutritionist said I should lose no more than 3 or 4 lbs but yeah right, i'm sure I'll lose more than that. I picked out my jaw bra, it's Hawaiian theme :) I still need to go to the hospital to get my physical, because of my asthma they just want o make sure they have all their bases covered, and this is my first time undergoing anesthesia. I'll post pictures and video if I can manage it. Hope everyone is doing well~ :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

One month to go.....

It's hard to believe that in just a month I will have just had surgery, and will be in my first few days of recovery. I can't wait! Well, recovery will suck but it's hard to believe that this is happening. This year has gone by so fast. I had my last cleaning with my dentist yesterday and I meet with my surgeon next week to go over pre op stuff. Time to get my questions ready! What questions do you have? What questions do you wish you had asked?
Here are some of mine:
Will I vomit up blood after the surgery? If so, how much? Will this put strain on my jaw?....because it seems like it would.
How much pain can I expect in the first week, level 1-10?
What are my chances of never getting feeling back in parts of my face?
How long will it take to get feeling back throughout my face?
What can I do to help myself recover faster? Any tips anyone? What helped you get through your first few weeks?
How long before I can eat steak and stuff like that?.....I heard this story about a guy who bit into a steak a little too early and he had to get the surgery again!
What will they use to extend my lower jaw forward?
What will my recovery time look like? 2 weeks? 4 weeks? 6 weeks? .....mostly, when will I be able to go back to work?! I will have to wear a splint....
What will my emotional state be like?
Can I shower right after?
What are the signs of infection?

That's all I got so far!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Detox Starts Today!

Alright party people, today marks day 1 of detox. My surgery is in two months and I am going to be super healthy going into it. Any advice one certain foods I should be loading up on, or certain exercises you recommend? I hear that the better shape you are in going in, the faster your recovery is. I don't meet with my nutritionist until later this month, and would love to show her that I have this covered.
Also, what is brushing and flossing like after the surgery? I'm going to be wearing a splint, not sure for how long but I've been wondering how this will effect my dental hygiene. I go in for a cleaning this month so at least I'll be really clean going in.
And one more question. What was the one thing that happened post-op that you wish you had been more prepared for, or something you would have done differently maybe to help yourself get through it? I'm a little freaked out about possibly vomiting blood after surgery and about feeling like I can't breath.
Hope everyone is well~