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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 . . .

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

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.