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20 months later

Just a quick update, since it’s been a year since my last post.  Everything is going fantastically!

Swelling: Nonexistant.

Numbness: Small amount, but ignorable. 

One strip that runs from the corner of my lip, down my chin, about 1/4 wide.  It’s not fully numb.  It’s actually hypersensitive to light touch, and semi-numb to deep touch.  Light touch feels like a million tickling feathers, but it feels normal otherwise.   And the gums in the upper dental arch (just the part that houses the teeth) is about half-numb, or half-sensitive. Overall, totally ignorable.

Pain: None.

I can poke and feel all the parts of my face that were once broken and it just feels normal. 

Sleep: Fantastic.

I sleep regularly now, as in I am sleepy enough to fall asleep at the same time each night, and I wake up 8-9 hours later totally awake and feeling good. I still sleep a little longer than average, but still well within the range of normal. Gone are the days waking up each day feeling like I have the flu.  Gone are the 2-3 hours of zombie-me wake up sessions that started each day.  I’ve gotten exactly one cold in the last year, and 3-4 headaches, most of which were due to allergies. I used to get sick 5-6 times a year and have headaches most days of the week.  Also, I can travel now! Even if I get crummy sleep in a hotel, it’s still so much better than the sleep I used to get.  Traveling doesn’t mean feeling desperately unwell; it’s actually pretty fun. 

All in all, if you’re considering the “overwhelming” cures for sleep apnea, I can tell you without a moment’s hesitation that the result is worth it. Whatever you have to do to get there, you won’t regret it.

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I’ve tidied up the FAQ and the Videos pages so they will actually load quickly. Apologies if you attempted to load the Videos page before now!

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48 days out

Time to start pilates classes again. I’m curious how much strength I’ve lost compared to how well I could do all of the exercises before, and I’ll have the chance to see tonight.  John takes the class with me and every one of the exercises is difficult even for him, so it should be a decent workout. 🙂

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40 days out

Not much new to report. Just a comparison of right vs left side cheek puffiness in case you’re interested.

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I suppose I could go back an put this all in the “day after surgery” post, but I think it would get lost.

The 2 days/nights after my surgery were spent in a drugged up state, but it was punctuated with the LOUD screaming and yelling of some guy in a room near mine. This guy sounded like they were performing a civil war amputation for a full 48 hours. I don’t know what was wrong with him, and I assume it was unimaginable pain the nurses could not abate. Needless to say, this seriously damaged my calm.

I feel really bad for John, trying to get work done remotely with this going on; and then trying to sleep without the benefit of narcotics.

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I got a call today to schedule all of my pre-surgical consultations, X-rays, and general orientation class roughly a week before surgery. I have to see the orthodontist one more time before then, and he’ll have 2 sets of plaster models of my teeth ready for me to take to the surgeon.  That looks something like this, but mine will have little plaster braces on:

The second photo is an articulated jaw simulator the surgeon will use (with my own plaster models) to make sure the adjustments he makes allow for good bite and normal motion of the joint.

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