Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Last Adjustment

Hey readers,


Wanted to do a little update.
So I went to see the ortho yesterday and it looks like next time I go in I'm getting booked to have my braces removed. I don't think I ever planned this far ahead, it's like a surprise.

With jaw surgery you get so used to the braces that they become part of you, you forget that they're only temporary.

A part of me is scared that when they come off stuff is going to shift, but my jaw seems pretty stable.

I did have a little issue. This past week I was getting a migraine again which  freaked me out because those were caused by my TMJ issues. It looks like it was from my molars no longer touching on the side where I had the underbite. My ortho put me in bands again and the headache is gone. I'm wearing many different bands. I have two fred bands and a ken band. My ortho gives me bands with man names, weird... who comes up with this stuff?

Rhianna:  In reply to your question about the bite opening again. I still tongue thrust and haven't been able to get back to speech therapy yet because of the infection and second surgery I had. This is a big concern for me too. I'd def go see a speech therapist asap and try to fix the tongue posture so things don't get worse, it hasn't been that long so maybe things will shift back without having to do anything. I remember talking to a girl once who was going through speech therapy to fix her open bite. I guess with the tongue where it should be the teeth will move back. Not 100% sure how this works but I'm going to try to stick with speech therapy too. 


I'm back at university full time now that my jaw issues are over with. It's been hard adjusting back after taking time off for surgery and recovery. I'm in my 3rd year of accounting and I'm taking five courses which is a pretty heavy work load. I have seven midterms in February alone, starting this weeked. Thats the thing with my school, all my midterms on on the weekend. It's like horrible torture. I'm planning on doing summer terms to make up for the time I had off and that way I can graduate next summer.

I've hardly had time to do anything with school going on. I've been up until 2 or 3 am every night doing work, then I get up and do it all over again.

Me drugged up after having my second surgery. I'm starting to get used to this look. 

My drugs post surgery number two, I think I could open my own pharmacy with all the pills I've accumulated. 

The stuff my surgeon wanted me to squirt up the hole and into my cheek after the tube came out, yeah right buddy. 

Hope you guys are all doing well.
Once again I just want to say I am so grateful to all my bloggers, youtube, facebook jaw surgery buddies. :)


Friday, January 25, 2013

Changes Since Surgery

Hey guys, wanted to post and update on a few things.

So today for the first time I have a migraine, I feel a little down because of this but I'm hoping it's just a result of the recent surgery I had and not anything to do with my TMJ issues coming back.
I noticed after my second surgery that my jaw got really tight again. I couldn't even open to two fingers.
My progression was doing really good prior to that.
I guess I'll have to take it easy, take some painkillers, and hope it goes away. I was on T3's and some other painkillers since the second surgery so maybe coming off of them now I'm feeling the effect of the surgery.

I start midterms in a week and need to not have migraines because I'm getting up their in my degree and my courses are all pretty difficult.
I have a ton of work to do tonight but I haven't started yet as I'm trying to kick this headache. I just took an extra strength Advil for migraines but if that doesn't work I'll take a T3 in a few hours.

I really want to post some good before and after pictures so you guys can see the big difference. At first I had a really hard time adjusting but now I look at old pictures and I'm like THANK GOD!!!!
My jaw was just so crooked and all over the place. My bones looked like they didn't fit my skin.

I'm so happy thats over

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blogging life

Hello friends,

I was thinking about the fact that my jaw surgery adventure is coming to an end.
It feels so bittersweet. This blog has been my friend that has always been there to listen.
I shared my joy with you guys, I shared my pain, my frustration, and all my ups and downs.

I was thinking that it's time to start a second blog, a general blog.
I don't want to lose the ability to go to my blog and post what I'm feeling or whats going on, and I can't post everything on a jaw surgery blog forever.

I'll share the new blog once it's up and running.

Meanwhile I want to say thank you to all of you.
It's been so good having so many people to share stories with and to hear me out.
I feel blessed.

Jaw surgery related
I got my drainage tube out on Monday morning. Not sure if I posted yet.
Well it came out really easy, they cut the stitches and pulled the tube out.
Then I was left with the hole in my face. So I have a hole in the upper incision line that leads into my sinus. I don't understand anatomy and therefore can't explain why this is but if I drink water and hold it in my mouth, it goes up the hole and out through my nose. Hopefully this is a temporary side effect and this whole thing will close up soon.

Good news is the infection is gone and the swelling is going down. I have had one swollen cheek for over 3 months now and finally I can say my face is getting symmetrical.

I am so happy with my face and the whole outcome. I am so comfortable with myself that I don't even care about makeup anymore. I never left the house without makeup before! Now I put on some foundation and mascara and I'm out. Sean is loving it because it used to take me an hour to get ready and now it takes me 5 minutes. I also stopped straightening or curling my hair. I'll still do it on special days but most of the time I just don't care. It's so nice having an extra hour of sleep in the morning.

I haven't had migraines!! Still very happy to say that my jaw related pain is gone, the surgery was a success. It's so good to be post op. I still have a hard time recognizing myself to an extent. I think I look really different but in a good way. I sort of look like I used to when I was younger.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Surgery # 2

Hey guys, I wanted to post quickly about my surgery yesterday.
As you may know, I've been having post op complications for 3 months.
I've been having fluids draining from my incisions and a sinus infection that won't go away.

Yesterday I went in for day surgery.
I had something removed from the sinus or the cheek, not sure. But something was in there from the jaw surgery that was causing my body to go into defence mode and try to kick it out.

I went under at 10am and woke up after 11.
I have a drainage tube where they went in that leads into my mouth. It's a pretty big tube compared to what the nurses described.

I had a lot of bleeding yesterday but this has stopped today. I've had some blood come out of my nose, but that's about it.

I'm on torodol, codeine, and clyndomycine.
I'm sorry I think I've spelled those all wrong.
The painkillers are a big help because they wore off over night and I was in a lot of pain this morning.

I'm on my FOURTH round of antibiotics since jaw surgery!!
I hate this antibiotic because i have to take it every 6 hours and I'm not allowed to lay down for 30 minutes after taking it, therefore, no waking up and going back to bed. And it has to be taken with food.

Hopefully this will be the last of it, until gum grafting that is.

My cheek is pretty swollen but I'm happy to be post op. It's almost sad how used to the IVs I've become. Being put under doesn't scare me anymore either. It's actually pretty nice.
I lay there thinking I feel so awake I wonder when I'll fall asleep and then I'm awake in a different room.

I wish I could take that stuff every night.

I'll upload a video soon.

No blowing my nose, no sneezing through my nose, soft chew, liquids, a lot of the same post op stuff as before.

You can sort of see the drainage tube. I'm not suppose to lift my lip so I couldn't get a better picture. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Post op timelines

Hey readers,

I'm sorry I haven't been actively posting.
I just wanted to update on what my post op has been like.

I had my double jaw surgery and genioplasty on October 5th 2012.
The first week was horrible, I was in a lot of pain and had a really hard time keeping liquids down. I threw up a lot and wasn't sleeping until I got prescribed a sedative.

Week two I developed an infection in the left cheek and this area continued to swell.
My surgeon opened the incision to allow draining and put me on antibiotics.
The infection cleared and I went on with recovery.

The area continued to bother me on and off over month one and two.
I was on a liquid and no chew diet for a pretty long time. I started taking in real food around the two month mark. Just in time to go away to Australia.
While away my cheek continued to bother me and my incision continued to drain, slightly.
I emailed my surgeon but tried to keep it under control.

I got home on NYE and during the early morning of Jan 1st I woke up with a very sore and swollen face. I got up to check it out and noticed that my incision was draining a decent amount. I decided I should call the surgeon emergency line right away. I had an antibiotic prescribed and I started taking it for a week. I saw an alternate surgeon on the 2nd who advised me that my surgeon believes he needs to surgically fix the issue and resolve whatever is causing the ongoing infection.

I finished my antibiotic yesterday and I already notice the area getting worse again.
My surgeon booked me in for oral surgery next Wednesday morning.
He believe there is bone fragment in the sinus cavity and my body is reacting to it.

I can't wait to have this fixed! My sinus is so sore and I have this constant flow of infection dripping down the back of my throat. It tastes awful :(

This sinus fluid has been the worst part. I can't wait for it to clear up.

Surgery next week

Hey guys,
So I Saw My Surgeon today and he wants to do surgery next week to open my incisions and remove bone fragment. I've had an ongoing infection for the past 3 months and I am more than ready to have this issue fixed. I'll be under for the surgery and will probabl
be swollen. This is uncommon but of course I couldn't get off that easy. I really wanted to start this term with no issues, so hopefully this will be the last of it for a while.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Antibiotics day 4

Hey Guys,

So it's day four of this round of antibiotics for the infection in my left cheek.
I have to admit that it doesn't feel like it's gotten any better.
The drainage area is releasing a lot of yellow opaque fluid.
All I have to do is lift my lip and a ton of fluid comes out. I keep rinsing but it just happens again.
I'm thinking I should call my surgeons office again today to see what they say about this. The incision sight is really sore. I can hardly move my face on that side.

It's sad because my healing was going so well.
The swelling was down and I was eating normally and feeling really good.
I just really hope that by some miracle this thing clears up.
In reality a month ago my surgeon thought there was still something going on in that cheek, maybe the sinus.

My sinus on that side keep getting congested but when I blow my nose nothing comes out, I can taste the infection in the back of my throat though.

Has anyone had anything like this happen to them?
Could this be because of the titanium? Does anyone know what the signs of the body rejecting the metal might be?

I go back to uni on monday and the last thing I wanted was more jaw issues.
While I was in australia I had to email my surgeon to let him know my cheek is still being "funny" and he told one of the other surgeons that he's probably going to have to go in there and fix it.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jaw infection update

So I went to my surgeons office yesterday to have my infection checked out. My surgeon wasn't in but the surgeon I saw said that my surgeon was talking about possible going back in and cleaning everything out. I guess something is going on in my face that keeps causing this infection. Im on antibiotics but feeling really shitty still. I have to take them every 6 hours and im not allowed to lay down for 30 minutes so that means no going back to bed or taking them right before bed. My face is really sore and I have a huge hole in my  upper gums that is draining the infection out. This is so not fun.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

3 month infection

Hey bloggers
I just had my surgeons office call in a prescription for the infection which has returned in my cheek. The left side is swollen again and puss is coming out of the incision lines. What a new years eve. First we had to call 911 because my grandmother's blood sugar dropped really low. Fortunately they treated it and she didnt have to go in. The paramedics left minutes before the countdown.  Then I woke up at 5:30 and noticed that my cheek was really swollen abd sore and I checked and the infection is back. I called the surgeons after hours and fortunately they were able to call in my prescription.  Oh and we got home from australia yesterday.  Anyhow im happy to be on something for the infection so fast. Hopefully it clears up for good this time. 
Happy new year