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Lack of Posting. . .

9 Aug

So every blog I’ve read about broken jaws seems to get to this point, the point where they pretty much stop posting. I don’t have much to report on.  I feel pretty normal now.  My jaw is still sore if I open too wide, but overall I don’t feel like I have many limits with food.  The biggest thing would be I don’t really enjoy eating sandwiches yet. I can eat them if I try, but it is a lot of work and usually very messy. If that is the only option, I usually try to get a wrap rather than a big piece of bread.

If you find my blog because you have recently broke your jaw, feel free to comment to me if you have any questions.  If you decide to keep your own blog, I’d love to add it to my blog roll.  That said, it always makes me a little sad when I check the hits on the blog and there is a big spike.  I assume that means someone else has broken their jaw and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.  I’m glad I can hopefully provide others with a little help to get through it.  Keep your head up and it will be behind you before you know it!

1 Week Wireless Update

15 Jul

The wires have been off for a week now! I have been enjoying being able to eat real food again! I’ve been keeping my food relatively soft, but haven’t limited myself too much. Some examples of meals:

  • Pizza, cut up into bite sized pieces
  • Chicken w/ squash
  • Burrito Bowl from Qdoba (pulled pork)
  • Eggs in many forms (omelets, scrambled, fried)
  • Salmon w/ grilled veggies
  • Pasta cooked a little softer than I normally like, but not super soft

I find eating doesn’t hurt as long as I approach it the right way by putting small bites in my mouth.  I ate a cracker the other day, the piece was too big and it got stuck in between my teeth and my cheek. I was at meeting with people watching so I didn’t want to stick my finger in mouth and sweep it out. It took a little work, but I got it back to where I could eat it.  I can’t eat any type of sandwich yet, which is kind-of hard since it is summer.  It seems they are often a choice at parties/events.

Usually by the end of the night I’m a bit sore. This is most true on days that I talked a lot of ate a lot! Lately I’ve been doing both. It’s probably a good thing for me though to actually use my mouth.

Wireless!

8 Jul

I had my wires and arch bars removed this morning! It was a pretty quick procedure, I went into surgery at 7:15 and walked out of the hospital shortly after 8.  I can open my mouth about one finger width.  There is muscle fatigue, especially on the left side.  My lower teeth look a little black, I’m hoping that is from the Novocaine they had squirted into my mouth. After we left the hospital we went out to breakfast!! I had a biscuit, eggs over medium, potatoes and a sausage patty.  The sausage was very difficult to eat. It was a little too chewy.  They eggs were relativly easy, I just broke them into small pieces and shoved them in. The potatoes were OK as long as they were not charred (I usually like those ones the best!), the biscuit was OK except some of the top crusty part.  Given I can only open my mouth about a finger width getting fork with food in is hard, so I think small finger food will be best for a couple days.  When we got home I brushed my teeth. It felt so good to really brush the front! I couldn’t fit the toothbrush in to the back, even with a child sized toothbrush, I was able to stick the water pik in though. My gum’s are bloody, but that is to be expected.  I’m going to call the dentist later today to schedule a cleaning and consult to fix my chipped tooth.

On the pain scale I’m less than a 1 when I’m not moving my mouth and probably a 2-3 when I move it.  It’s weird when I open my mouth I feel like it is WIDE open, and really isn’t! The doctor said to just move it around throughout the day to exercise the muscles and get them used to moving again.

Feeling sleepy now, so off to take a nap. I’ll post an update later.

Last Wired Post!

7 Jul

In 13 hours I will be going under to have my wires and arch bars removed! It all seems too good to be true.

In the last couple of days it feels like my jaw wants to move. It’s a hard feeling to explain, but there are times when it feels like it’s going to move and the arch bars hurt a little.  I’m hoping this is a good sign that it has truly recovered and that I will have a smooth recovery from the removal.

The next time I write I will be Wireless!!! Here’s hoping that I can eat breakfast tomorrow morning . . .

Things I’m Looking Forward To

6 Jul

With less than 22 hours left before my wires are removed, there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to!

  1. Of course, FOOD!!
  2. Being able to breathe through my mouth
  3. Kissing my husband 🙂
  4. Brushing the back of my teeth
  5. Waking up to lips that are not stuck and cut up from the metal in my mouth
  6. Talking clearly and loudly
  7. Working out

Social Events

3 Jul

So, I have to admit, social events are very difficult with your jaw wired shut.  Generally these events are a little bit louder, so people have a really hard time understanding me.  When new people introduce themselves I hate to feel stand-offish, but I really don’t have it in me to small talk and get to know someone new right now. The other really difficult part is food! ARGH it smells so good, and I can’t eat it!! We went to a b-day party tonight for a friend of ours at the local brewery we hang out at. I always like going there, but I’ve found especially now that it is comforting because the don’t serve food so I don’t have to look strange either not eating or eating through a straw.  I also know a lot of people there and they want to know how I’m doing, but they also completely understand that I’m not going to be as talkative as I’d like to be.  Anyway, the party was catered with BBQ.  It smelled amazing and I was surrounded by it as I drank my Naked Green Machine shake.  I actually put my finger on my husbands plate so I could put a little of the sauces in my mouth and taste them.  I ended up taking home a plate to blend, but it really isn’t the same.  I hate being a party poopper because I have to go home and blend my food.  Oh well  . . . next week I should be able to kind-of chew again.

Removal Scheduled!!!

1 Jul

EEEEK I am so excited! My doctors office just called and they have scheduled my removal for 7:15 next Thursday morning.  In LESS than a week I will be wire free! The countdown has officially begun! I have never been so excited to go to the hospital, have a nurse poke at me to get an IV in and then go under.

How do I eat?

30 Jun

I get this question a lot, and found out a friend was demonstrating to others when they asked him how I eat! My teeth are completely wired together with no give, so everything has to be in a complete liquid form.  For most foods I just use a straw.  The thicker the straw the better, most of the time.  It’s a lot of work to always use a straw, so using a thick straw allows me to get more at once. Although my teeth are tight together both horizontally and vertically the liquid still makes it’s way through.  Some things that are very thin I just drink straight from the glass or cup (meal replacement, beer!, naked juice etc.) I find that really cold drinks are kind-of uncomfortable.  Unlike normally when you can put a straw between your teeth, my straw sits right against my teeth.  This causes everything to hit my teeth right away.  I’ve been just keeping my meal replacement shakes at room temperature.  I drink milk shakes occasionally, but they do hurt my teeth a bit.  I tried to use a regular water bottle at first to drink juice, but I had trouble sucking through the mouth piece.  I found a better bottle at Target that has a straw on it, I can drink pretty quickly using this water bottle instead.

I Love My Husband(‘s Insurance Plan) :-)

29 Jun

So I think for the first time in my life, at least in my bill paying life I’ve reached my out of pocket max for insurance.  Although I would have preferred to spend that money on a number of other things, it’s a relief to know that when I go back in for outpatient surgery to have these things removed it won’t cost us anything! Luckily with our plan the OOP max is very low compared to past insurance plans we’ve been on. I know we are beyond fortunate to have such an amazing plan.

Weight

29 Jun

I am naturally a very thin build and am always trying to gain weight.  I eat A LOT when I have a functioning jaw.  One of my biggest concerns when I found out I’d be on a liquid diet for at least 5 weeks was losing weight.  I weighed my self the Tuesday before I got my wires on and then today. In 3 weeks I’ve only lost 5lbs. Of course, that is 5lbs I’d rather not lose but it’s not a horrible number.  Once I get the wires off I’ll just have to make a very conscious effort to eat a lot, but keep it healthy . . . well after I binge on all the junk food I’m craving!