Monday, July 21, 2008

Semi-solid kind of life

I went to see Dr. Q again today. Nothing new really to report. My swelling is still going down. Since I still do not have feeling in my cheeks and upper lip, he told me that I really need to get exaggerated and aggressive with my facial massaging and exercises. When I exercise my lips, it needs to feel like I'm really stretching them. Great, like I don't get stared at enough in traffic! People catch me making weird faces all the time. I'll do my exercises anywhere! So, the big news is that I have graduated to semi-smooth food. I can have anything that is ground up like meatloaf, spaghetti, etc. I confessed that I had eaten chicken enchiladas yesterday and before he could give me a hard time, I explained that I thoroughly mushed it up with salsa and didn't chew AT ALL. I told Michelle that Clay thinks he catches me chewing all the time but I haven't. Tonight was the first time. I overcooked the meatloaf a little (due to checking up on my blogger friends) so it wasn't that easy to chew anyway. I'm still taking it slow and I bought a ton of veggie burgers today since they are rice based and really soft. I've found that all the tofu products are really easy to eat. I bought the ground "meat" and put it with okra, tomatoes, and rice in the blender for dinner the other night. I couldn't tell the difference at all and it wasn't greasy like beef tends to get. I thought that I should just add red pepper flakes and hot sauce to all my blends to give them a little kick and all I got was a weekend of heartburn! Oh well, it did make it better though. Another tip that others have mentioned is to buy a baby spoon. My mom brought me one about two weeks ago and that thing is getting a workout. Its much easier than trying to cram a regular spoon in your mouth and it fits between my bands at night. It is great. I highly recommend getting one. I'll post new pics tomorrow. I look plain worn out today. It was a heck of a Monday.

4 comments:

cookieyum said...

Sounds like your getting creative with your meals, Its great that your progressing up to semi soft food. That can add alot of choices to what you can have. I'm glad to hear that you can eat tofu and veggie burgers. Kelley is a vegetarian so she likes that food. Keep up the good healing.

Mimmy said...

Hi there, I've just come across your blog and want to say congrats on everything going well and here's to your new smile!

Michelle said...

ooh...I have veggie burgers in the fridge. That's it! That's what I'm going to have for dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

And keep up with those face exercises. I've been scrunching up my face, too. I hope it's working!

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M

y said...

Ah, yes, the baby spoon; when I'm done with mine I might attach a silver chain to it and wear it as a pendant or something.It is saving my life after all...

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