I am writing this on Saturday 19th July. Firstly apologies for the delay in updating, I have been very washed out and have been struggling with the pain and lack of sleep. I am happy to say I do feel better today, definitely not 100% but better. The last 4 days have felt very long, I don’t seem to be able to sleep for more then 2 hours at a time and once I’m awake it takes hours to get back to sleep due to the pain and discomfort. I have taken so much pain medication that I have quite a poorly tummy so I am a little bit stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I saw my surgeon on 14th July and he said he was pleased with how everything went. He mentioned that my bones were much stronger then they had anticipated but that they did not run into any complications. On the day of surgery I was told the operation would take around 3.5 hours…. turns out i was under general for 7.5 hours and in theatre for 6.5 hours. My surgeon changed my bands to just one band on my right hand side. I was still quite swollen today but he mentioned that the swelling was minimal and that he was pleased with the lack of swelling and bruising. I must have been very tired today as I didn’t record a video or do a daily photo record. Its amazed me how tired I have constantly been. I’m sure lack of sleep and my body working hard to heal is the reason. I’m trying to get as much rest as I can.
15th July – Still struggling with the pain, although the swelling has peaked and is starting to go down by now…
16th July – Still struggling to sleep and in pain. I’ve stared yawning lots now which I find incredibly painful. I noticed that the inside of my lower gums feel sore and tight so I guess that it the stitches pulling. I have my first post operation appointment with the Orthodontist tomorrow, i am really interested to see what he says… In a way I am frustrated that I look heaps more recovered then I feel.
17th July – THE 1 WEEK MARK!!! – Wohoooooo I am officially over the first week, which I have been told is bar far the hardest. I hope things are a lot easier from here… I was woken up in the middle of the night again with the pain so I filmed…..
This second video was taken after the orthodontist appointmnet
18th July – My jaws felt very sore today, I think it was from all of the pulling off of the new bands. My mum and I went to the shops for a few hours earlier today. I struggled and at times my legs felt weak and my face started feeling numb on one side. I struggled to sleep big time that night and feel that I really pushed my self way to far. I was up in the night with the worst pain and discomfort I have had for a few days…
My apologies for the video overload. I find it much easier to film then type at the moment as I feel so tired all of the time. I’m hoping that things will improve lots in the next week 🙂 x
Before the surgery I wrote what I anticipated the first week would be like.. so, was I right?…
“to be very uncomfortable and feel claustrophobic through my blocked nose and jaws banded shut.” I was incredibly uncomfortable and in way more pain then I could ever have imagined. I was beyond grateful that my nose did not block up completely and that I wasn’t banded shut or have a splint in.
“Swell up like a balloon for at least 4 days and still be very swollen at the 7 day mark.” I swelled up, but not as extreme as I thought I would. I think the cold water mask saved me from a lot of swelling. I noticeably swelled up on on day 2 when I left hospital and the lovely cold mask… but all in all the swelling was not extreme.
“I anticipate having swollen lips that would give Angelina Jolie a run for her money…” My lips swelled up but not hugely at all, the worst thing was how sore the sides of my mouth were where the lips had been necessarily stretched so much during surgery.
“…And lastly I anticipate a 5-7lb weight loss…. it will be interesting to see how accurate this is next week” I lost 7lb this week.
One thing I didn’t expect at all was the lack of sleep I would get. I have been extremely tired but too uncomfortable to settle. Once I have managed to doze I have woken up very soon afterwards. For the first few days I wasn’t able to sleep for more than 45-60 minutes. This week I slept 3 hours in one go on one occasion. All other times have been between 1hr 30 mins – 2 hours.