My memories of the days in the hotel room scroll through my brain like a late night movie. Much of the time it consisted of..."when do I get my next pain meds?"
My caring husband tenderly attended to all of my needs without any hesitation. When I was ready to eat some semi soft foods, he went out foraging for some instant cream of wheat. When I needed a decongestant, he scurried down to a local pharmacy to purchase some. He had to continually trudge up and down the stairs to fill the ice bucket with ice for my "jaw bra". I could not have done any of this with out his help and support. Thank you, Sweetie.
I had to use a syringe to get most of the sustenance I needed. This included meds, cream of wheat, smoothie, water. All of it had to be given through a small syringe. I wished I would've had a bigger one, but we did fine with the one we had. I was able to eat applesauce with a spoon. I had to crush pills and take them with the applesauce, YUCK. I never knew that Aleve and Sudafed did not come in liquid form.
I slept in an upright sitting position with lots of pillows and an airline neck pillow for support. We brought along a boxful of post surgical supplies, such as drool cloths, Ocean saline nasal spray, a small portable Humidifier, a small blender, suction bulb and a bunch of other much needed items. So we just pressed on through until it was time to head home.
I look pretty miserable in these pics.
We stayed at the hotel for 2 days. Mostly I just laid there with ice on my face only getting up and down to use the bathroom facilities. I took a shower right away, being careful not to get my sutures wet.
I am going to my first post op appointment in these photos. We walked the 3 blocks to the Dr. office. I got a lot of weird looks from people on the street, but I didn't give it much thought.
Dr. says every thing looks great. During surgery, he had put in a bite splint to help support my new upper palate until it heals. He removed my bite splint and showed it to me. I had no idea it was even in there! It looks just like a retainer. I have to wear it for 10 weeks but I can take it out to eat.
I feel fortunate that I had such a wonderful surgical experience. I have read LOTS of other jaw surgery stories on the blogs and some of the things people have gone through have been pretty horrific. I had minimal bleeding, virtually no bloody noses, no problems with breathing or swallowing. When my surgeon asked me if I had encountered anything that I didn't feel prepared for I had to honestly say NO. I felt like everything went along just as he said it would. Truly, this surgeon is the most experienced physician that I have ever had. I would highly recommend him to anyone.