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Quick Update

16 Sep

I’ve had the wires off just over 2 months now. I can almost open my mouth 3 fingers wide. I’m not sure how far I could open before . . . I’m also eating everything. I am able to eat a good sized sandwich now as well as corn on the cob.

Small Update

19 Jul

No huge updates from me.  I go to the dentist this week to talk about fixing my chipped tooth and to get a cleaning.  I have not had a lot of progress opening my mouth any further.  I feel like I’m gaining some variety when eating food. I’ve been eating some chewier food like a luna bar.  I also had salad last night, and it was not nearly as painful as I expected.

Facing my Fear

15 Jul

On Tuesday I got back on my bike for the first time since the crash.  I wasn’t too nervous about it before hand.  However, when I first got on the bike my heart was pounding. It took about two miles for me to get comfortable.  Once I got over all the nerves I really enjoyed my ride.  It felt so good to do what I love again and get a good workout.  I could tell I was slightly more timid and my eyes were glued to the road the whole time.  In time I’m sure I’ll get over the fear and relax a little bit.

If you broke your jaw participating in a sport I encourage you to get back to it as soon as you are able to.  It mentally is challenging at first, but once you do it feels really good.

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 Day 5

13 Jul

I feel like my jaw has not loosened up much since day 2 or so.  I guess that is just part of the healing process. I scheduled an appointment with the dentist next week. I have an hour with the actual dentist to talk about my jaw and getting my chipped tooth repaired, then I have cleaning the following day.  It sounds like my dentist specializes in jaw therapy, so he will give me some exercises to help it heal and make sure I don’t get any TMJ issues.  I’ll be glad to get some exercises and a cleaning, but overall going to the dentist is one of my least favorite things to do.

No big advances in the food category. I can’t wait until chewing is a little easier. I’m really looking forward to a fresh salad from our garden.

Wireless Day 4

12 Jul

No real progress on Day 4.  My teeth are a little less sore.   I ate pizza for the first time since having my wires removed! I was at a World Cup party we had pizza.  It was so nice to be able to participate in food eating with everyone! I had to cut the pizza into pieces, but it was still good!

I like to read at night before I go to bed. I’ve started a new stretching routine while reading. I’ll hold my mouth open as far as I can for one page, then rest for the next page. I do this until I stop reading.  I woke up a little less sore after doing this.

I had a dream that the doctor forgot to take the arch bars off my bottom teeth. I could feel the wires behind my teeth and started to freak out about going back to the hospital to have them removed.

Wireless Day 2 & 3 

10 Jul

I’ve been feeling pretty good.  My teeth hurt a little bit less than they did on day one and they are not nearly as black looking. I’m guessing that was just some type of bruising from being clamped together. There seems to be a correlation between the pain and how black they looked. I can almost open my mouth as wide as two fingers.  One of the biggest things I’m really enjoying is being able to breathe again! We moved a lot of furniture around the house today and I never felt winded.  Tomorrow we are planning on going for a bike ride, my first since the crash.

I’ve been eating solids, but soft solids.  Yesterday was Cream of Wheat, macaroni and cheese and then cod with rice and veggies for dinner.  Today I had scrambled eggs, pasta, chicken and squash. It feels so good to be able to actually eat dinner with my husband again!

Wireless Day 1

9 Jul

I was out of the removal surgery by 8 am, so I had a full day 1.  By the end I could open my mouth about 1.5 fingers. I got two fingers in after doing some stretches with my jaw. I tried to take a nap all day, but couldn’t. It may have been because I had a cup of coffee for the first time in 5 weeks at breakfast!  I ate humus with flour tortillas for lunch. I tore them into bite sized pieces. It was a little painful, but not horrible.  I had a cheese stick for a snack.  I let it sit out a little to warm up so it’d be a little softer.  That was pretty easy to eat.  For dinner we had ravioli with pesto. Again, I broke it into bite sized pieces to limit chewing and especially breaking it apart with my front teeth.  I ate my whole plate and for the first time chewed with my right molars (broken side).  I thought I’d be wiped by the end of the day, and I really wasn’t.

I’ve noticed a lot of blogs about wired jaws abruptly end when the wires come off.  I was (and still am) very curious about the recovery process after, so I am going to continue to write for a while to help others know what they can expect. Of course everyone is different and I think my case was minor overall in comparison to others. I only broke my mandible in one spot on the right side and my bite was not compromised at all.

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.