Saturday, 11 June 2011

Barbeque - Day 34 (June 11)

My day started off really slow as I slept for 12 and a half hours. It was really relaxing and I hadn't slept that well for a long time. I went to the OS yesterday and cleared some things up:

  • I had a Lefort 1 osteotomy, meaning the upper jaw was cut at the mouth area. Here's a picture of the different types of osteotomies. I believe the majority of upper jaw surgeries are Lefort 1.

  • I can now blow my nose! This also means that I can also use my neti pot. For those who don't know, it's this tea pot shaped thing you can get from any drugstore that runs saline water from one nostril to the other. It cleans out the insides pretty well. 
  • I shouldn't worry about how far I am opening my mouth. currently I can get 2 fingers in, but Tocchio said wait until the next appointment in 3 weeks(8 weeks post op) and then he will show me some resistance exercises and other techniques I can use to get my jaw open farther.

We had a barbeque today and I wasn't as left out as I anticipated. I was able to eat grilled salmon mashed into little pieces, mini potatoes mashed into little pieces with butter, and fresh bread with butter and without the crust. Cake is also quite edible as thin slices slide right in. I'm pretty happy this all went down so easily and feel like it only will take a little while longer before I can eat like normal. It was a great day, however the more you sleep, the less day is left, so it felt really short.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I'm 8 weeks post double surgery and have been dealing with post nasal drip ever since the surgery. I've been referred to an ENT specialist to make sure there is no throat/nose damage. In the meantime do you think I can use the neti pot to clear the back of my throat (a.k.a. post nasal drip.