Saturday, 14 May 2011

In the Swing of Things - Day 6(May 14)

I can honestly say I have gotten the hang of living at home and drooling everywhere.

Today I think the swelling is starting to go down, my face is now more rectangular instead of pear shaped.

Pain? Nothing really if you just sit down and watch tv. If you massage the jaw line your skin feels really stretched out but it's not that  painful.  I can honestly say pain is like a 0-2 at this point of out 10. My main concern is keeping my nose cleared out for breathing, so in summary pain is a non issue - if not you will have a painkiller, but even that I am not using.

Syringes and drinks are everywhere in my bathroom, I can tell you that. My 'breakfast' was half a bottle of boost plus, maybe 250ml of apple juice and maybe 120 ml of water.   Getting to drink is still pretty tough, but I am able to drink from a syringe better and better everyday without spilling it all over my shirt. It is still quite the spectacle.

Am I craving food? Not really. I do my best though to avoid watching Burger King commercials at night because those typically drive me insane for food regardless.

In terms of weight, I have lost about 12 pounds since monday, which I'm guessing is due to mostly muscle mass. My face makes me look like a football player and my body is starting to look like an emaciated cross country runner.

Bruising on my neck is starting to show, and  I can see some yellow colouring right below my neck. This is a good sign of healing.

Here's a pic of me in my reclining chair. I will take some profile photos tomorrow when I hit the 1 week post op mark.


Unknown said...

I had the same surgery as you 5 days ago with Dr. Tocchio as well!

I see the same "double chin" on you in this picture, on me. I thought maybe the retraction of the mandible may have pushed all the fat tissue into a double chin. Tell me this is only swollen lymph nodes !

Gordon said...

Hi Stephen,

I wouldn't read too far into progress of day 5 as anything close to a final result.

If you are close to where I am,check out the rest of my progress and see how it may all turn out!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the reply. Day 12 now for me but my upper lips is still swollen. I follow this blog like it's a bible. Thanks!