Wow ... I can't believe that it's already been five weeks since the second lower jaw surgery. The first couple of weeks of recovery seem almost like a dream now. I can't wait to wake up one day and have these braces off for good :)
I had another post surgery appointment today and it went very well. My jaw continues to heal nicely so the surgeons said I could go bands-free during the day and only wear them at night. The surgeons also have me wearing a lighter type of band ... 1/8 " light instead of 1/4 " medium. I'm glad for the change because it's another milestone on the road to recovery but I'm a bit hesitant to wear the lighter bands at night (due to stability reasons). I'll give it a couple of nights and switch back to the medium bands if I think I need to.
I was also given the go ahead to resume a chewing diet ... woot! The surgeons don't want me trying to chew anything too tough / hard right off the bat so no steak or pizza just yet. Besides, my jaws still don't open very wide and I'm kind of unsure how my new bite will work. It's going to take a lot of practice to get back in championship eating shape :)
One last thing for now ... my first post surgery appointment with my Orthodontist is in two weeks. I'm hoping he'll remove my archwires (along with the surgical hooks that are attached) and replace them with new ones (minus the surgical hooks). About the only thing I'm not looking forward to is the dreaded post-adjustment tenderness. Of course, I've already stocked up on a giant-sized bottle of Advil and, just like the voting in chicago, I plan on using it early and often.