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3 Week Update

2 Aug

So it has been a little over three weeks since I go the wires off. I feel like I’m eating 90%+ of foods.  I’ve had a steak, a good piece of sirlion that was not tough.  I can eat a sandwich if it isn’t too big or on hard bread like a roll or a bagel.  I have not tried an apple and don’t think I’m ready to eat one whole yet.  I can comfortably get two fingers into my mouth with a very minimal amount of extra space.  I’ve also been regularly eating salad which is so nice since we have a garden full of fresh veggies! Overall I’m finding it easier to go out to dinner and even to cook.  If something is too hard to eat, I just cut it down to a more manageable size.

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.

My Morning Shake

14 Jul

Joy Bauer did a segment on the Today Show that featured almost the same smoothie that I drank while wired shut!
Natural Peanut Butter
I added protein powder too

Day 27

7 Jul

Breakfast: Same old shake

Lunch: Clam Chowder

Snack: V8 Fusion, Meal Replacement Shake

Snack: Good Times Large Vanilla Milk Shake

Dinner: Butternut Squash Soup

At this point, I have to admit I can’t stand eating through a straw. Tomorrow is the last day, I have a feeling I’m going to put nutritional needs aside and just eat whatever I want (through a straw). Luckily my removal is scheduled incredibly early on Thursday morning so I will be able to have three semi-regular meals.

Day 26

6 Jul

Breakfast: Same old shake

Lunch: Clam Chowder soup, blended

Snack: Two meal replacement shakes, V8 Fusion

Dinner: Cashew Chicken from the local Chinese restaurant, blended with rice and chicken broth.

Day 25

5 Jul

Breakfast: Same Old Shake

Lunch: Butternut Squash Soup mixed with milk and 1/5 a block of tofu.

Snack: Meal Replacement Shake, V8 Fusion

Dinner: Hamburger, blended with a pepper, beef broth and some ketchup. It was actually pretty good. Canned green beans blended using the water in the can.

Snack: Meal Replacement Shake

Day 24

4 Jul

Breakfast: Same old shake

Lunch: Microwave franks and beans thinned with chicken broth! This was one of those microwave cup things you buy at the grocery store. It was actually pretty good.

Snack: Meal Replacement Shake, V8 Fusion and 16oz Naked Green Juice

Dinner: Blended BBQ! I had chicken blended with beans and a little chicken broth and creamed corn blended with milk. Good, but not nearly as good as the real thing. I’m now craving real BBQ.

We started our bar remodel today, which meant tiling over our fireplace. I was wiped! I went to bed around 9 and didn’t wake up until 8:30! I guess the lack of calories got to me.

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.

Day 23

3 Jul

Breakfast: Same Old Shake

Lunch: Stouffers Turkey and veggies microwave meal, blended with milk

Snack: Meal Replacement Shake

Dinner: Ravioli, blended with pasta sauce

Snack: DQ Chocolate shake

Day 22

2 Jul

Breakfast: Same old shake

Lunch: Stouffers Swedish meatballs blended with milk

Snack: Milk Shake, V8 Fusion

Dinner: Tacos! Ground Turkey w/ taco seasoning, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 can corn, 1/2 can of Rotell, 1 soft tortilla and about 1/3 cup of chicken broth. As I said to my husband “It is really good and I hope I never have to eat it again!”

Snack: Meal Replacement Shake