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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.

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.

Day 1

11 Jun

I arrived at day surgery with my husband at 8 am. I was a little nervous, but by this point I had come to terms with what was going on. The week leading up to this moment, I searched the internet for other’s accounts on their experience having their jaw wired shut, but did not find much.

The pre-op nurses got me ready to go back to surgery. This included putting an IV into me, checking vitals, and me changing into the surgery gown. My nurse was excellent and made sure I was comfortable.

My surgeon came in to help clarify any questions for me, which really helped and put me at ease. He had, had his jaw wired shut before so it was comforting that he’s been in the same situation as me.

The anesthesiologist then came in to let me know what was going to happen from his perspective. He told me I would have tubes down my nose, so I would most likely wake up with sore throat. He also checked to see if I had a tendency to get motion sick, which I do. He put a motion sickness patch on the back of my ear. Make sure to ask for this if you have any tendency to get motion sick. He started some medication in the pre-op room that made me a little drowsy, so I barely remember being wheeled into surgery. The last thing I remember is them putting a mask on me.

The surgery took a little over an hour. I remember somebody saying my name, and I kind-of woke up. I was shaking a lot, so they put heated blankets on me from head to toe. I laid in recovery for probably about 30 mins. At this time the surgeon went to talk to my husband and let him know everything went well. Once the nurse was comfortable with my vitals, they brought me to the post-op room.

My husband met me in post-op. Talking was easier than I thought, but still not as easy when your jaw is open. My nurse got me a milkshake, since I hadn’t had anything to eat in about 15 hours at that point. Drinking through a straw was slower than normal, but I was able to drink the whole milk shake before I was released.

The hospital released me around 1, so in all I was at the hospital for five hours. I went straight to my bed, took the anti nausea medicine and passed out for about 4 hours. When I woke up I really felt great, despite not being able to open my mouth. I drank and odwalla smoothie and some water. My throat was dry from the anesthesia tubes.

I later ate dinner with my family, I had tomato soup and an ensure. I had a milkshake a couple hours later. Before going to bed I took my pain medicine and nausea medicine. This helped me go to sleep right away.