Re: ~Day 4/5~
- Hi everyone,
Thank you for the responses! I know there is light at the end of the
tunnel, but it's good to hear that all the uncomfortableness, etc. is
normal. I appreciate the advice.
--- In email@example.com, "Jen"
>had my upper, lower,
> Hi Ann,
> I'm just checking in after months and months of not being here ... I
> and genioplasty surgery in November 2005. Can't believe it's beenthat long!
>it ... after the
> As for you CONGRATULATIONS, right now you are in the hardest part of
> hospital meds wear off, you're back home, and trying to transitionback into your life, it's
> tough. Just know it gets better from here.lips to keep them
> Here are some answers based on my experience:
> 1) breathe through your mouth, and use aquaphor by eucerin for your
> moist, it worked great. The nasal sprays didn't work for me either.completely lose the
> 2) you will be swollen for a while. It took me a good 6 months to
> chipmunk look. If you can, after the first week, find a massagetherapist trained in
> "lymphatic drainage massage", and just tell them to stay away fromyour jaw itself. They
> will massage all your lymph nodes, and encourage the lymph that'smaking the swelling to
> move away from the surgery site. It may make you a little dizzy, sojust move slowly when
> getting up off the table and drink lots of fluids.still have portions of my
> 3) I regained the majority of feeling after about 3-6 months. I
> gums that are numb, and the area of my chin under my lower lip isstill "weird". It's like I
> have half sensation, when I run my finger across the skin, i canfeel it, but it's different
> than the rest of my face. It's been 2.5 years since my surgery, andI've read that it can take
> up to 7 years for nerves to completely regenerate. Half of my lowerlip was numb for about
> a year, and I've regained a little sensation in my gums in the last6 months ... I can tell
> when i'm flossing, like, ooo, I felt something there that I didn'tfeel yesterday! Cool!
>something died in it. Just deal
> 4) I didn't rinse for the first week. Your mouth will feel like
> with it. maybe go get some liquid chlorophyll from your health foodstore and put in a
> glass of water to drink to help you feel "fresh". Do whatever yourOS says. They are the
> experts.foods until then. I went
> As for eating, I was on a totally liquid diet for 11 weeks. no soft
> on a weight gaining binge before surgery (I'm a fitness instructor,so I knew I'd lose too
> much after if I didn't gain some before), gained 10 pounds, thenlost 15 after surgery. The
> first few weeks were hard, because I didn't really want to eatanything. But then I
> remembered the almighty milkshake! I went and got some ice cream,some milk (and also
> some rice milk, because I don't eat that much dairy usually), andprotein powder for
> nourishment. I started having a milkshake every day, and it made mefeel better physically
> AND mentally!broth and some
> You could always make a potato soup by blending mashed potatoes with
> other steamed veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. I gotREALLY GOOD at making
> creative things in the blender after having to do so for TWO MONTHS!<annw911@> wrote:
> The time flies, truly it does. Just you wait and see :)
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "annw911"
> > Hello everyone,
> > I had surgery this past Wednesday, June 25, so it's now Day 5. It is
> > tougher than I anticipated...
> > I had a lefort i surgery and will be banded shut for six weeks. Just
> > wondering what to expect from here on out:
> > 1) Am having trouble breathing... I am using the nasal sprays but they
> > don't seem to work well? Any other advice?
> > 2) I am still very swollen and unable to shut my mouth entirely.
> > Should I expect this for the entire 6 weeks? I am slated to go back to
> > work in a couple of weeks, but may need to rethink those plans if
> > that's the case...
> > 3) I know that the numbness doesn't go away for quite some time, but
> > when should I expect to regain the majority of the feeling?
> > 4) My OS said not to rinse for another week to avoid tearing the
> > stitches. How long did it take everyone here to start being able to
> > rinse their mouth?
> > Thanks everyone... also, I knew I would need to drink liquids but
> > didn't quite realize how hard it would be to get food down. (Lost 4
> > lbs in the first two days...) When did everyone start being able to
> > eat semi-liquid food (e.g., mash potatoes) again?
> > Sincerely,
> > Ann
- Good luck!! I just had surgery 2 weeks ago and my biggest issues
were pain and communication!! Let the nurse know asap that you need
pain meds and make sure you have something to write on at all
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