Monday, June 30, 2008

One more day of solid food

I have definitely taken advantage of every chance that I have to enjoy my favorites before surgery (banana pancakes, BBQ, pizza from Rockin Tomato, lots of watermelon, and Vietnamese tmmw). I went and did last minute shopping tonight for Ensure, instant breakfast, soup, broth, etc. I also got all my meds filled. Geez, I look like a walking pharmacy! The pre-op physical went really well this morning. My blood pressure was suprisingly low. I hate hospitals so it is usually higher than normal. Not today though, cool as a cucumber. My bag is already packed. I have to be at the hospital at 6:30am on Wednesday. Then, its finally go time!! I'm kind of excited to get it over with. I have already convinced myself that recovery is going to be a breeze...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Last consulation

I had my last consultation with Dr. Q yesterday. He took out my molds that we made last week and I couldn't believe how much wider my mouth is compared to the molds I had done before I got braces on. It was weird! Anyway, he drew on the molds exactly where the cuts are going to be and went over all the problems that can happen (but we're hoping they don't). We looked over all the xrays again and he gave me all my prescriptions (5). Hopefully, I won't have any allergic reactions to the antibiotic because there is a slight chance that it will give me the same reaction that I get with penicillin. There are only a handful that I can take that don't make me break out in hives. I also got my "The Healing Jaw" book and Zip N Squeeze bags. I wish I would've known that I was getting those since I had already ordered a pack. I guess more can't hurt. There are a ton of great recipes in that book and most of the "dinners" are pretty simple so that should help a lot. He wants me to stay pretty active after I go home and said that as long as I don't mind being seen in public he really wants me to keep going to the gym to do the stationary bike or walk on the treadmill. I think I might just walk around the neighborhood depending on how beat up I look. The evenings aren't as hot so it will be fine. I wouldn't want to scare any small children at the gym! I'm still having a bit of anxiety, but who wouldn't? Dr. Q is really good and I feel totally comfortable with him , but it still is a big deal. I'm so ready to get it over with so I can move on and get over it! I am excited that I'll have time to start reading again. I haven't been able to read for fun in years because my nose was always in a textbook, but those days are over. Any suggestions for good murder mystery books? I haven't read any of my new magazines either. I'm dying to read my InStyle, but I just tucked it away so I can have it to read later. Other than that, things are pretty good. My whole family will in town this weekend so we're going to enjoy the weekend on the river. I can't wait. My mom has four sisters and three of them will here with their families and the other one will be here next week. We are quite the crowd when we're all together!
P.S. The hospital just called and informed me that I have to go in for pre-op physical. Ugh! I don't have time for all these appts! We are closing out the books on Monday at work so it is going to be crazy. At least it will help keep my mind off things...

Monday, June 23, 2008

What to pack

I thought I was going to be really good and do all my shopping this weekend, but I went to the lake instead. Go figure... Anywhoo, I meant to ask what I need to pack to take to the hospital. I know they will have quite a bit of stuff there, but I'm sure there are some insider tips as to what comes in handy. I'll make sure to bring all my mindless comedies that I watch over and over (i.e. Accepted, The Sweetest Thing, and Old School) and my gossip magazines (my guilty pleasure). 8 days to go. Geez, that makes my stomach hurt when I see that I'm down to single digits!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Saw the doc today

So I went for my two week pre-op visit. I can't believe it is less than two weeks away! Since I have a belated graduation party next weekend, this will be my last weekend to live it up on the lake. We have definitely taken full advantage of the sunny weekends while I still can. I think I might be out of commission from bouncing around on a boat for awhile after surgery so boat time is a must. Anyway, I had to get two sets of molds and bite impressions done. Ugh, it sucks because my mouth is really little. Plus, I can't breathe through my nose so it feels like I'm holding my breath the whole time. I always cringe when they take it out because it feels like my teeth are going to come out with it. We also did pre-op pics and tons of x-rays. It was really interesting to see my x-ray head on. It is very apparent that my septum is crooked. I'm still holding out for Dr. Q to straighten that out a bit while he's in there. My mom met the doc today too. I think she has read up on all of this and she checks all the blogs that are linked to mine so she really didn't have any questions. Anyway, she called me afterwards because she had a doctor's appointment with her doctor in the next building. She had mentioned that she just came from Dr. Q's office because I was having jaw surgery with him. She said her doctor knows him personally and went on and on about how amazing he is and what great transformations he has done. She said he saw her do surgery on a girl that was in a car wreck and had all the bones around her eye socket area crushed. After he operated on her, you coudn't tell she had ever been in an accident. It always makes me feel a lot better when I hear rave reviews from fellow doctors. I have heard nothing but great things about him from everyone. I'm so glad that I found a great doctor. I guess summertime is the time when all of us with funky jaws decide to get it done because he has 17 surgeries in the next month. Wow, that is a lot of bone cracking. Well, next Thursday I have another appointment. This one is just to fill out all the paperwork and sign my life away. It's also time to dish out half of my savings. I think scratching that check will hurt worse than the surgery!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My jaw is having anxiety pains

I think my jaw has realized its impending doom. The last two days the joint has been throbbing. Its right next to my ear on the right side. It has never hurt like this until now. Its starting to really hurt to eat. My doctor always asks if my jaw hurts and I've always been able to say no. I guess things will be different at my appointment next week. I hope this doesn't change anything. T-minus 20 days!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Starting to stock up

The big day is only three weeks from Wednesday. It's creeping up on me fast. My Zip N Squeeze bags showed on Satuday. The straws on them look kinda thin, but I guess you aren't supposed to be eating anything too thick anyway. I bought a ton of Vaseline lip balm and have started to collect lots of soup recipes. I think it will be easier to make them ahead of time and put them in Mason jars so I don't have to worry about it later. Soup just doesn't sound to appealing right now since its so dang hot. My doctor told me that key to a liquid diet is variety and to try to stay away from too much sweet stuff. I think if I get some Muscle Milk that will keep me on track for protein and then have a lot of blended soups. I know some of you had lists of things to get beforehand on your blogs so I'll have to go back and take a look. I've got to get my little dry erase board so sure. I'm trying be to as prepared as possible so I don't get nervous at the last minute.