Today started like most days, a morning struggle, getting ready, food, brushing, etc, followed by some work, and then some unexpected play. I haven't told y'all much about my job. I work at a theatre education non profit. We focus on reaching youth through the creative arts with hopes to bring about social change. How can you be an artist activist? A question I ask myself every day. Also, I found this job through the Americorps Vista Program, which is a year long assignment with an organization of your choosing. If you'd like to know more about this, hit me up!
So today my supervisor took us out to lunch and then we went swimming. I can't get my head under water yet but it was nice to splash around. I got a little emotional at lunch, but I kind of expect it now. I cry like once a day, over the silliest most random things. I've been pretty hyper emotional since the surgery. Exercise does help though! So thanks for those who have given me that tip. It helps me feel a little more grounded.
So I've been wearing the bands for almost a week now and my bite is still working at it, slowly but surely. I've been taking them out to eat though and it doesn't take long for my bite to fall back so I know it still needs work, but I have noticed a little improvement.
I'm a little concerned because right now my jaw really needs to be relaxing and settling into this new bite, but I clench at night, always have. I told my surgeon this before my surgery and he said there really wasn't anything we could do about this. I've been taking a valium at night to help relax the muscles, but I don't think it's really doing anything.... Anyone else who went through this clench? What did your surgeon suggest? I can take y'alls feedback to my next apt. on Monday.
On a lighter more happier note, today I feel like a fighter, despite being exhausted. I chose to have this surgery and I'm going to fight for the perfect bite. I love my new profile and it's here to stay. I'm going to train my muscles up. They are going to learn how to take this new bite, even if I have to wear my rubber bands and keep this splint in much longer than I would like. I'm in it for the long haul. And as hard as this can be sometimes I stop myself and think about everything I have to be grateful for and this puts me at peace.
Here are some pictures.
Why I had the surgery: BEFORE
AFTER to the LEFT
AFTER to the RIGHT
Check it out! Swelling is going down.