Monday, November 22, 2010

Six weeks Post Op!!!!

I know you have seen this before picture a ton of times but it doesn't get old to me how much better my profile is!  :)

I am so happy I cant stand it!  Feeling SO much better!  Energy is almost totally back.  I am even thinking of starting Bikram "hot" Yoga in two weeks. It is 90 minutes of yoga is 110 degree room so that may be pushing it a bit but we will see.  Just so happy to start to feel "normal" again.

Numbness is still there.  It is really annoying at times and sometimes it doesn't bother me at all.  Just depends.  The good news is that I can start to feel light touch on my lower lip and chin which is a good sign that the feeling will totally come back eventually.  So that is great news. The most annoying part of this is that when I rub my finger over my chin it gives me a crazy strange feeling in my teeth, almost like I am biting into tin foil.  That is just the nerves regrouping.  My teeth are quite sensitive.  Another strange thing is that when I bite down on my back left teeth I get a strange tingling in my chin.  Who the heck knows what that is all about.  The roof of my mouth is still totally numb but my surgeon says that will come back.

I am still stiff in my upper lip which is causing a distorted smile but this too is getting better.  Surgeon man says it takes time.  Everything takes time with this surgery!!  It doesn't help that I should have done it when I was 18 and now that I am 35 it takes longer to recover.  My surgeon says I am recovering very well with my "age".  Ha, I feel geriatric when it comes to this surgery!

I have been cleared to eat!  Horray!  I am taking it slow but was able to eat some really thin tortilla chips with queso.  It felt really good to be able to bite into something!  Still strange to chew but I need to get some practice in with Thanksgiving this week!  :)  It is also so strange to have a normal bite.  I am so used to only being able to chew with my back teeth.  So fun!

Breathing- I had no idea how much better I would be able to breathe after this surgery.  It is amazing and wonderful!  That in itself would have made the surgery worthwhile!

Even with my stiff mouth and numbness....I can already say that I am so glad I had this done!!!  It was a real pain in the ass and the first week I was way more miserable than I could have ever imagined.  But, I had such a strong support system that I got through it.  Best decision, I ever made (other than deciding to give my husband my phone number when we met at a bar, and deciding to have a third child :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Five Weeks Post Op

Dora & I just wanted to give a quick shout out at five weeks post op.  Doing well.  Energy level is much better- I would say 85%.  I know I am feeling much better because I am starting to crave a night out on the town!  Ye-haw!  My numbness is getting better but still very numb on chin, lower lip, roof of mouth and space between my upper lip and nose.  I am getting more sharp random shooting pains, especially in my chin which I am hoping is the nerves firing up getting ready to give me my feeling back. 

I go to the surgeon for another post op on Thursday so I am hoping to get clearance for chewing! But I certainly haven't lost anymore weight because of my obsession with chocolate.  Can let that melt in my mouth just fine dammit...I really should have much more weight loss to show for five weeks of no chewing!  :)

Hope everyone is well!!
xoxo Mandy 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Update and before & afters

Good news!  After my complaining post about insurance...they have paid one of the two bills!  YEAH!  It was the one to the surgeon, the one to the hospital is still pending.  But we have progress!!  Happy! Also, I can't believe what the surgeon bills and what the insurance pays!  He billed around $13,000 and the insurance negotiated rate is $3500.  That sucks!  I feel like he deserves much more.  I did pay for the genio, and my insurance covered the $1000 for the splint and they pay for every pre & post op visits...but still.  He did such a great me some Dr. Hitchcock!

Surgeon's projected imagine...after right before left.....I look like I am saying "duhhhh" in the before

25 day post op...keep in mind this is the best smile I can muster right now

Super huge smile before.....look at the difference in my chin  in the after....wowzas

My dysfunctional bite before - can't give you the after yet but it is almost perfect

Upper lip still swollen but getting better

Makes me cringe every time I see the before profile....yuck

25 Days Post Op

Smile is getting better but the top right lip doesn't want to smile as much as the top left just yet

My littles....aren't they cute!?!?!?! 

Not much different to report.  Getting better slowly but surely.  Numbness is still the same for the most part although my cheeks are getting a little more feeling back.  The area between my upper lip and nose is still VERY numb causing smiling issues.  My range of movement is good.  The only time it hurts is when I move my jaw from side to side too far.

Report more at four weeks post op!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pending all the time......

Dear Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield,

OK insurance, I got my pre-approval for my surgery back in May.  I held up my end of the bargain, $6,000 co-pay for deductible, $2750 for genioplasty and my braces entirely are paid out of pocket.  So why is it every time I check my online Anthem hospital visit and surgeon fees are still PENDING.  You did pay for the pre-op and post-op surgeon visits and anaesthesia bills so what gives.  I certainly would appreciate it if you just went ahead and sent those big checks on their merry little way and gave me one less thing to worry about.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Reece's Cups

Realized yesterday that I can break them up and they melt in my mouth.  I ate FIVE today.  YIKES!  And, the day isn't over. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

3 weeks Post Op!!

Wow...can't believe it is November 1st....seems like most of my October I was out of it!!!  But so glad I am back for my favorite holiday season coming up!!

Things I am eating now:
avocado- yep....I eat an entire one for lunch usually!  Mash with fork, add salt, voila!
soup, soup and more soup blended up
baked potato
ice cream
spaghetti with marinara sauce chopped up so I don't have to chew
scrambled eggs with cheese

I lost six pounds the first week when I was eating nothing and have held steady.  obviously I am eating enough of above items to not lose anymore weight but geesh...I don't feel like it!

Can  drink out of a 9oz plastic cup...hard to drink out of a can or bottle of water due to numb lips.  Did drink through a straw yesterday but it wasn't easy and I sucked a lot of air!  LOL

Numbness: hasn't got much better since the first week.  Still numb under my eyes, apples of my cheeks, around & under nose, roof of mouth, 50% numb on nose, bottom lip and chin totally numb.  This is tough stuff and annoying but only annoying in fleeting week moments that I have,

Pain is very much under control.  Take Advil occasionally. Every now and then take 1/2 pain pill before bed.  Going to stop with the pain pills and take 1/2 xanax so I can sleep....still need help with that.

Sleep with my wedge and then my pillow on top.  Do sleep on my side now so that helps.  When I wake up in the middle of the night is when I feel the most pain...must be the way I am holding my mouth when I sleep???

Energy level is about 60%.  Do fine with the kiddos but am trying to take a short nap each stay so I can keep up.  Three little kiddos and jaw surgery are not a great combo!

All of this being said- I still every day am amazed at my transformation.  Especially the profile!  It is hard to believe that it is me but I am starting to get used to the new girl in the mirror.  I like her! :)

It is funny but when I am in public I feel like people are staring at me because I feel like I look so strange because I am numb.  But with the bruising mostly gone and the swelling down about 80% I am pretty sure that I don't look like a freak to anyone but myself!  :)

It is still hard to believe that this surgery is behind me.  It was only 8 short months ago when I got this wild hair up my ass to go ahead with this surgery.  I have know that I should get it since high school but my super cool self refusing to get braces put me behind by 18 years. Because of this decision my hard working husband has financed this "project".  Fourteen thousand dollars later here we are.  It is a hard pill to swallow knowing that I spend so much of my little families money.  This should have been money put towards college for my three kids!  I am in the process of forgiving myself for this....I know we will get our kids to college and luckily it is far away!  Hey, you never know, we can always hope for scholarships! 

This is quite a journey but one with such a great outcome!  Whatever part of this journey you are on I wish you WELL! 

Thanks for all of the support from everyone.  Especially my husband, mom & bob!  The first week I needed 24 hour care and I got it.  Somehow they managed to take care of the kids on top of me!  And my besties for their moral support, Lo, Angie B, Natalie, Stacey & Angie D and my bestie blogger Elisha.  And many others who are too numerous to name!  I had many meals brought to my house, many calls, facebook messages, emails, emergency visits from my dad & step-mom, messages and flowers from my in-laws!   I am truly blessed and I know it!

I know it seems like this is my last is not!  Just having an emotional thankful day.  Roller-coaster remember?!?!?!?!