Things are much better now that the tight elastic bands have been removed. I'm taking in a wider variety of blended soups and it's great being able to actually brush after *eating*. What's better, my bite is stable and hasn't shifted over the past couple of days. My hope is that Surgeons will decide to scale back the use of the guiding elastics to night-time use only rather than only taking them out for meals and brushing.
My next appointment is this coming Monday ... will update more afterwards. In the meantime, here's a photo I took just a few minutes ago:
I still have residual swelling on the inside of both cheeks as well as the chin and lower lip area. From what I've been told, it could take several months for all of the swelling to go away.