Here I am, two months past my surgery and feeling almost totally normal.
I can’t believe how far I’ve come. Before I posted this, I decided to look back to previous posts on my blog just because it had been a while since I had posted anything, and the more I read the more I realized that almost all of the problems I had are gone.
I chew things now with no pain. The diet that I’m on now basically consists just of food that doesn’t crunch, so other than crunchy things I can basically eat whatever. I still have to wear elastics at night because during the day my teeth sort of disalign themselves and the elastics help that to not be a thing.
I don’t feel pain when opening up my mouth anymore. I can open up to a point, and then it just gets hard to open my mouth after that. It feels a little like I’m opening as far as I can open, but since the distance between my upper and lower teeth gets wider and wider every day, I don’t think I can open as far as I will later be able to just yet. But the pain isn’t there anymore at all, unless it’s right as I’m waking up. And even then, it doesn’t really hurt, it’s just a little tight.
My swelling is gone except for two tiny patches on my cheeks that are barely noticeable. I thought that it was completely gone until I saw a recent picture of myself with two lumps in my cheeks that I had to re-examine to realize they existed. So I don’t have any complaints there.
I keep getting freaked out at how different I look. I look at old pictures of myself and feel neutral, because I’m used to looking at that. I look in the mirror, or at pictures of myself, and I can’t believe how much I’ve changed. I don’t think anyone around me realizes it, but I’ve lived with my face for my whole life and I knew the little bits of it that went away with the surgery, and the new bits that came up are completely foreign to me. I like them, though.
My chin is still a little numb, and the feeling distribution is weird. I can touch the outside of my chin, and feel like someone is touching the inside of my gums. No, not my gums, the inside of my gums. It can be a little painful. I can be drinking something cold that goes down in the front of my lower teeth and below the gums, and it feels like there’s cold water all over my chin. So I basically feel a sensation everywhere, even if it occurs in one area of my chin or lower mouth area. I’m pretty sure that’ll go away soon, though, because it used to be much worse and now it’s subsiding into normal feeling. The all-the-way-through feelings are only in one spot of my chin and lower lip, and they’re almost gone.
That’s generally how it’s been so far. Nowhere to go but up.