Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Five Weeks Post Surgery Update

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.


Brandyleigh35 said...

Hey Bill,
Glad to hear you are doing well and that time is passing quickly. I can't wait til I'm 5 weeks post op! Lol

Glad you get to eat some really food now too! I can understand about the rubberbands, they do provide a sense of security I'm sure. I'm sorta freaked out by the ortho saying he would take my splint out after only 2 weeks. That seems so very short. Not that I want to wear it longer, but I want to be sure things are where they need to be.

You are looking really good though, hopefully the post adjustment tenderness will not be too bad for you!


Anonymous said...

Hey my favorite uncle! Yeah, you get to chew! Sounds good! Good luck with the orthodontist visit. It still sounds so painful! I got to get out of the house yesterday for the first time. I thought I was totally recovered. I still can't drive, but I could go for short drives. One of my kids is moving and yesterday was his last day so Mom took me to the school so I could see him before he left. I was only there less than an hour and I was worn out! Miss ya bunches and love ya even more! Have a great weekend! Love, Angel