Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The waiting game...

My expander has officially been locked in place and I couldn't be any happier. For some reason a piece on the expander was sharp and I noticed that when I slept my tongue would sit up there and it would always hurt in the morning. My othordontist put a piece of plastic and hardened it in place so now its super smooth and I have nothing to cause pain.
As for my teeth my bite is still out of whack. Even though on the right side my top and bottom teeth sort of touch, I can still only chew on the left side of my mouth. But that's now starting to hurt my jaw muscle. All yesterday I could hardly open my mouth bc I think I over extended my jaw because I'm eating a lot differently then I used to. But today it's feeling better.
So now the waiting game has really started. Waiting for my bones to grow so I can get these braces are and start to shape my upper jaw. However, I'm not sure how long that will be. According to my orthodontist it will be at least three months. Though it can be sooner depends what the surgeon things of my bone growth.
There is one thing I want to see, and that is an x-ray of my mouth. I'm sure curious as to what inside my mouth looks like. So maybe when I see my doctor on the 16th I'll ask her if there's a way that I can see how things look. But till then I am still on soft foods and just drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated. I also started babysitting again in the morning and there for I started walking again. A big upset was not being able to use the gym and workout after surgery because as we all know bathing suit season is just around the corner. However, I realized just because I cannot lift weights doesn't mean I cannot do any form of exercise. I've been walking a lot lately and even been able to take my bike out. It was nice being a couch potato for awhile but its time to get moving and get back to my normal life schedule. =)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ahh...why did that just happen!

I just had my first scare on my way home from work. Lately I've noticed my stitches are dissolving and pieces are falling out. Also last night I had severe pain on the left side of my jaw and I don't know why. I just woke up in the middle of the night and it was awful. But today after work I was driving home and I felt a slight throbbing by the front of my teeth. I did not find that unusual because I expect some pain while healing. Well all of a sudden I realized I was bleeding. I wasn't bleeding a lot but it was enough for me to panic a little and wonder what the heck happened. I immedietely called home and let my dad know that I was driving and my mouth was bleeding and I'll be home shortly. I get home and quickly see that by the incision in the front of my mouth is were I was bleeding from. I clean up the mess and then boom nothing. I wasn't bleeding anymore, no sign of where I was bleeding from. It was really weird. So I'm relieved that it stopped quickly and did not hurt. But it was certainly a scare. My mom tried to call the emergency number to my surgeon and the line seems to be inactive. That's bad b/c I wouldn't know how to get in contact with my doctor. So we just left a message and she should call back tomorrow morning. I have an appointment with my orthodontist tomorrow so I'll let him know and I will see my surgeon Friday.
And because I get paranoid over little things I asked my sister to stay home tonight and to stay with me. Just having someone there always helps. So she kindly obliged and now I can sleep soundly.
Hopefully I get an answer as to why I started bleeding randomly tomorrow. =/

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Patience is a Virtue...

It's almost been 2 weeks since I've had my SARPE surgery and everything is healing amazingly. The swelling is practically all gone except for some slight puffiness above my lip but its not noticeable at all. The corner of my right lip is also still partially numb so I hope that comes back soon. As for my gums I cannot feel them yet, and its not expected to have full feeling back in my gums till at least a month. Key turning as gone so smoothly and its been remarkably painless. Just a little bit of tightness at first, but it goes away quickly. I only turned my key twice a day for a week and since friday I have been turning it four times a day. As long as you space out the two key turns and not do it back to back its pretty painless and can easily adjust too.
I made the mistake of trying to eat a slice of pizza the other day. I thought that if it didn't hurt to eat then I'd be okay to eat it. Boy, was I wrong. I seemed to bite into a slight crunchy piece and I felt movement in my upper left jaw and freaked the heck out. So I called my doctor and her response was "Hunny, your jaw is broken. You cannot eat pizza"  I then went straight to the doctors office to check it out. I wasn't in any pain but I was then afraid to turn my key until I was checked out. She said everything was fine and then I got some even better news.  I was suppose to be turning my key till Friday 4/6 but she said movement has gone so well that I can stop turning tonight 4/3.  So then that means my jaw has moved 7mm. I'm beyond thrilled about that because I really did not want this gap to get any bigger. I already feel self conscious about it. I have an appointment with my orthodontist on Thursday just get a second opinion and then have it locked in place. My hopes are now that the key turning is done, the faster my bones will heal and grow and then the faster I get braces on to close this gap. I cannot wait to see the beautiful rounded out shape of my upper jaw.
As for appearance, I don't see much of a change. Which is good because I don't want exterior to change just my terrible teeth.
But now it's just time to wait. Wait for the healing, wait for the braces and wait for a Beautiful smile. I'm trying not to think about it at all because then time will go slower.

I finally have two pictures. They are not very flattering but it's just so anyone getting this surgery will see that it's not bad at all.  This is 2 hours after the surgery. You can see a slight gap between my two front teeth but thats about it. I looked pretty normal right afterwards. It was not till two days later that I really blew up.

This is 12 days after surgery. My gap has grown a lot and looks slightly crooked but I think that's just the angle of the camera. I still have half a millimeter to move tonight and then I should be good. =)