Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Four Weeks Post Surgery Update
I took the above photos yesterday ... there's still swelling in both cheeks (can't see it here) and the lower lip & chin area (I can definitely see it in the smiling photo). I think the next set of photos will be at the two month post surgery mark.
Recovery is going really well. This is my second full week back at work, I'm getting a bit more adventurous in my diet (thank you Taco Bell!), and my weight loss seems to have leveled off. Speaking of weight loss, we had a command directed weigh-in this past Monday and I couldn't wait :) . The last time we did this I weighed 180 pounds ... this time I was 164 pounds. No kidding, the last time I weighed 164 pounds was at least 10 years ago -- and I feel good. And before anyone says anything, my Body Mass Index (BMI) is 23.5 (normal is 18.5 - 24.9 for my height). I'm sure some of the weight loss was muscle mass so I know I'll put a few (hopefully)pounds back on once I'm given the go ahead to start running and hitting the gym again.
Sleeping has gotten a bit easier now too. Being that I'm only at four weeks post surgery I'm still hesitant to sleep fully on my side ... I kind of sleep so my jaws aren't pressed completely (if any) into the pillow. Oh yeah, I had a weird (sort of) experience Monday and Tuesday morning -- I woke up CHEWING ... and this is still a big no no. It's been seven weeks since the first surgery and this week is the first time this has happened. I'm not hungry as I'm putting something in my stomach every three hours or so ... maybe my body is trying to tell me something. Like I said, weird.
And that's it. The visible signs of recovery are slowing down and I know I'll need to work on being patient as I work my way through the healing process. My next post surgery appointment is a week from today and my first post surgery Orthodontist appointment is two weeks after that.