The musings of a fourth year English medical student

Friday, 2 October 2015

9 weeks post double jaw surgery

I know you're all probably bored senseless of these posts but I think it's worth giving all the details in case anyone is considering this procedure.

Pain:
Only when eating or yawning.

Numbness: 
Upper gums still completely numb, upper lip feels strange but not completely numb.

Food:
Mainly pasta really, and meat cut up into small pieces. Crunchy fruit and vegetables is not really an option. I cannot bite and chew yet. 

Swelling:
Continuing to go down nicely 

Braces and bite:
Today I saw my orthodontist and he took off the surgical hooks, changed the brackets and put different elastics on. I am expecting to get the braces off late December/early January. The midline is slightly off so that is why I still have elastics. 

Sleeping:
Still not great. I am permanently tired but that isn't really due to the jaw problems. I can sleep on my side but it is a bit painful. Cannot sleep on my stomach yet. 

Weight/fitness: 
I am now down to 10 stone, so overall I have lost 11 pounds following this surgery. I have signed up for the gym and will start in November when I will be at the 3 month mark and so my bones will be healed and I am allowed to do contact sports. 

The neuro block test went okay and now I am preparing for a week on a diabetes unit next week! Exciting! 






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