Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Today I feel human. I managed to shave my legs with my shower, (not bending over is getting kind of old) and went for a walk with my husband in a cute little town down the road. The weather was beautiful and the sunshine felt so good. I'm told that I'm talking very well now and I'm getting better at drinking from a cup without dribbling. (always a bonus) I did some dishes, much to my mother's dismay and enjoyed a lovely bowl of pureed chicken and rice soup. I know that sounds gross, but I pureed a can of Campbell's chicken and rice soup and it was soooo yummy. I know, I know....high in sodium. Sue me. I was hungry and it tasted good. I know a lot of people swear by organic, low sodium, no dairy, blah blah blah. It's not practical for me. I love dairy and although I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, yada yada, I'm also a typical American who sometimes eats processed crap because it tastes good and things from a can because it's easy. Also, I think most people mistakenly blame the dairy for being binding, when in fact it is the narcotics we are taking for pain. For this issue I have two words, COLACE and PRUNE JUICE (okay that was 3 words). And start before surgery....nuff said.
My bite is still off but I'm trying to be patient that it will settle when the joint swelling decreases. I really can't close my teeth well, it hurts too badly. The only true pain I have is in my joints, right is much worse. Everything else is mostly weird, uncomfortable pressure. I have a lot of numbness of course, but I have been able to feel my bottom lip and chin the whole time. This made the OS very happy. He said only 5% of people have feeling there post operatively and it means I shouldn't have much permanent nerve damage. I'm fairly numb from my lower eye lids to and including my top lip and my cheeks to about the outside edge of my eyes. That whole section of my midface is quite numb but tingles more every day. I'm told that almost always comes back entirely.
So, today was a good day. I'm still in pain, but functional. And although the tingling and crawling all over my face is annoying, I know its a great sign that my nerves are healing. And even though I look like Dr. Seusse when I smile, I'm greatful to be able to smile at all. Tomorrow, I think my goal is to put on some make up and do my hair, then I'll really feel like me again.
Side note: I just took a break from typing and we made homemade strawberry milkshakes. OMG,,,so good! I've never had a homemade milkshake before. And I DO NOT feel guilty because it was another serving of fresh fruit for today :)
Smile, it looks good on you.