Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Opened Up! - Day 9 (May 17)

I went to see my oral surgeon this morning for my first official post op appointment, and it was pretty exciting.
In addition to my routine nose cleaning, my surgeon grabbed his wire cutters and dived into my mouth. For the first time in a week I had opened my mouth, was able to move my mouth up and down.

He's changed things to an elastic on each side of my teeth, and that's it. As you may be able to see in this picture. 

The most important thing here is that I can open my mouth. I was told not to open it too often, just to eat and to clean(I'm now brushing my teeth softly). The advice was not to exercise the jaw but to instead exercise the lips by puckering and by smiling.

I asked if I can eat soft foods and Tocchio just said:"Whatever you can fit in your mouth." I may not take the gamble with foods yet, but today I plan on consuming a thick thick milkshake.

He also said my swelling is doing pretty well for being just past the week mark. Now time for that shake.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Gordon,
Nice to live each day of the process through your blog. Currently one week post-op. It's rough. Not in the sense of pain but frustration. Hate not being able to eat and Ensure makes me nauseous. I just want to take a good breathe of fresh air! Anyways, I'm hoping that my process is similar to yours. I can't wait to have bands. Doc said a week of wired shut but have an appt with him in 3 days. I want bands so bad!
Thanks mate,