Wednesday, September 30, 2009

17 days Post Op, 18 activations and 1st OMS and Ortho visit Post Op

So I had my first follow up with my surgeon on Sept 22. According to him everything went well and looks good. Now it was time for me to activate my expander. The desired gap is about 7mm. To achieve this spacing I need to turn/activate the expander twice a day. I like to do one in the morning and the other in the evening. I really am not experiencing any pain, no bruising and very little swelling. I have been lucky enough to loss 8lbs and I am down a dress size! :)

I had my first Ortho visit today which I was not looking forward too. They did not change my wire, I was happy not to have to top ones changed but I thought the bottom wire should have been changed; but what do I know?? The Orthodontist and my surgeon don't really speak that often. At my last Ortho appointment they asked me if the OMS told me how many activations of the expander I would do per day. Sad to say I didn't know until my visit on Sept 22. This time the Orthodontist asked when I would stop the expansion of my pallet. I let him know that the OMS said I should continue 2 turns per day until my visit on Oct 22. I don't think he liked this reply because immediately after I said Oct 22 he said I needed to come back in 2 weeks.

I have a question - how many turns or activations of the expander is required to achieve 7 to 8 mm?

So my tongue is finding its way into my new found gap. I have a tongue thrust and am on the edge of starting therapy / treatment for it. At this point i think the only reason I have not started is because the sessions are costly $150/hour. I would be looking at 2 hours per session, 2 sessions per week for an unknown duration. I looked into the number of sessions I would need and the answer that I was give was "it depends on how sever my case was and how well I responded to therapy. But I should expect 3 months minimum."

That is all for this week. I will leave you with a photos of my gap.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

36 Hours Post Op w/Photos

So It has been 36 hours since surgery and I feel a lot better. I have full feeling on the left side of my mouth and lips. The right side still feels numb and tingly. I do not have nay bruising which is nice. I am going to venture into the world today. I think it would be the best time since my husband goes back to work tomorrow and I am still on vicidin and will not be able to drive tomorrow. I am a little swollen but I am sure that very few people will even notice it.
The first photo was taken 2 hour Pre OP.

The second is 18 hours Post OP. This photo is to show how my teeth have already moved. In the past the 3rd and 4th teeth use to be behind the 1st and 2nd teeth. I can't believe how much they moved already.

The 3rd is 36 hours Post OP. I do have swelling and don't look that good at 10 am but I could look alot worse.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

18 hours Post Op

It has been 18 hours since my surgery. Everything went well. I have am not groggy but I am very sleepy. My surgery was scheduled for 1:00pm but it was 3 hours late which meant that I did not eat or drink from 11:40 pm Sept 13 until 6:00 pm Sept 14. I am now on a liquids only diet for the next week.
Last night sucked. My husband is really trying but he wanted to wait 6 hours instead of 4 to give me my first dose of drugs at home; that hurt. I don't have to take then every 4 hours but my body wakes me out of my sleep promptly when it is time. I have some swelling and can't close my mouth all the way. I feel a lot of pressure in my sinuses when I swallow or have my eye glasses on as I do to write this blog. I should be able to go back to work in 5 days which is really fast. I booked 2 weeks off but am thinking of returning on Monday to work. I like having my vacations 1 week at a time and since I don't get sick leave this is cutting into my vacation.

I can't wait to be able to sleep on my side. I was so tired from sleeping on my back that I chose to sleep on the couch for a couple of hours.

well my head is starting to hurt so I will go.

Good night.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

14 hours until my SARPE surgery

There are only 14 hours until my SARPE surgery. I am a little nervous. I really don't like pain. I have picked up some items that I should be able to blend up and eat with no problem.

I can't eat anything after midnight and my surgery is not until 1 pm. I am going to be soooooooo hungry; the one consultation get to drink water and apple juice until 6:00 am. So my husband has come up with this great plan of staying up all night and sleeping in as long as possible. Hope it works. I usually get up at 5am to go to work. Sleeping in for me is 7am.

Talk to you after surgery.