Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What happened to this post?




Apparently I posted air. Anyway, just a note to say everything is still super awesome fantastic. Life is experienced and breathed in with appreciation, career is sailing along. I don't watch t.v. anymore. I am going surfing ... SURFING in October! Camping in Algonquin, cottages #1, 2, and 3 this summer. I am dating the best man in the universe and cannot believe my incredible luck. Niece & nephew are cute and healthy. Family is healthy and well. Best friend is getting married at the Gardiner - which was coincidentally designed by the best man in the universe. I count my blessings daily. As for the teeth... straight as ever. Broke the retainer, but no big deal.

Good luck to anyone reading this who is about to have surgery. It sucks. You won't be eating or breathing right for 2 weeks minimum. Enjoy the silence. Revel in the dvd time. Let yourself be sucked into the la-z-boy. It's so good if you are willing to enter into a world of apathy. It can be quite indulgent and, also... incredibly uncomfortable. xo

13 comments:

  1. WOW what a change... I had the surgery on december .. It's been almost 3 months... when did you do exercise?...

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  2. Hi
    Just had upper jaw surgery with Dr. Tocchio as well and just stumbled upon your blog. I'm in Day 8 and pretty well my journey is similar to yours. You look great. I think I totally underestimated the recovery time. I'm not looking forward to going back to work next week but can't hide at home forever.

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  3. Hi there...I have had a bsso (lower jaw advancement) and genio done 6 and a half weeks ago, and have so many of the feelings you describe on this blog. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, it has helped to figure out a lot of what is probably going on with me too!

    May ask you though, do you remember if the "stiffness" that you felt was something like a feeling of having your nerve underneath your chin stretched? I do have sometimes this stiffness you describe. When I try to smile there is resistance, just like my nerve is being stretched, and after i talk for a while too...Also, when you first started to regain feeling in the chin area, did it only tingle when you touched it? I can sort of feel my chin, but it only tingles when I touch, I don't really "feel" the touch. It's been like this for like 10 days.

    Thanks so much, if you happen to come across this and have the time to answer me

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    1. If your nerve was being stretched I think you would feel a lot of pain. Generally nerves don't like to be touched or messed with in any way. As far as I can tell, the stiffness when moving your face is from all the scar tissue you have built up around your mouth. This will start to break up as you start to talk more.

      I know this reply is really late in coming, but maybe it will help out some other poor fool like us. :)

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  4. the tingle is normal... the stretching nerve thing, I didn't have, but was just super stiff and uncomfortable. I remember getting tired after talking too much also. Basically, whatever you are feeling, is pretty much normal by the sounds of it. Sorry for the delay!

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  5. I`m 16 and I had surgery with Dr. Tocchio in on July 26th this year. I`m happy with my results and it gave me a huge boost of confidence... I still have a bit of swelling in my top jaw though (it`s now 7 weeks after?)... everyone at my high school thinks I`ve had plastic surgery... Anyhow. I look a lot different.
    But as long as I`m happy with the results, that`s what counts!!
    Right? D:
    ANYHOW!!! I LOVE THIS BLOG THING OF YOURS! Throughout my entire insane jaw journey you have given me hope that there will be better and brighter days on the way! I can`t wait!
    Thank you!

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    1. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

      Hey Melody. Not sure if you will receive this but my name is Talia, I'm 21, and about to start the process towards getting jaw surgery with Dr. Tocchio. I'd love to ask you a bit more about how your experience went. You can email me at talia.d91@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  6. Hi:)
    Do you by chance still check this site? I had upper and lower jaw surgery 25 days ago and have found your blog extremely helpful. I would love to ask you some questions but I will leave this message short just in case you no longer maintain this blog:)
    Renee

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  7. Great! I have read so many blogs and yours was the only one close to what I have experienced. THANK YOU!!!! I saw a lot of 15-year-olds who had surgery to one jaw, had no pain, and were smiling and happy 3 days post surgery. I really thought this was going to be me. I just turned 34, I had upper and lower jaw surgery, as well as, a sliding genioplasty. My surgery was on Oct 1st and I am still struggling. You wrote a lot about the stone face. I STILL have it and my face is very lopsided (more stiffness, lack of movement, and swelling on the right as opposed to the left side). When were you truly able to look at your face and say, "Okay, I look human again?" Also, how do you like your chin now that you are well into your recovery? My face just looks so odd and my chin looks like it is protruding a little too much. I am still quite swollen so I tell myself it will be okay but I think hearing from someone who has been there would be helpful:) It feels as though it has been so long with little improvement. Thanks again:)

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  8. Okay, so my thoughts are as follows:
    - screw the painless teenagers. WTF.
    - stone face lasts for 3 months almost. To some degree. It still feels slightly stiff but not like hans solo carbonite level. It will be 2 yrs in February.
    - My face felt lopsided too. I just noticed today that it isn't - I used to make a frowny face and it would go sideways (my chin). Now it doesn't. This isn't to say that today it got better- it probably resolved a long time ago I just didn't notice. You will pay less attention to your face in the next year or so. You're just hypervigilant now to all the changes.
    -I looked human again after about 2 months, but movement didn't look right (like mouth movements) for a while. It's just hard to adjust. I still bite my cheek when I sneeze because my teeth are not in the same place as they used to be.
    -I am not crazy about my chin and I feel like Jay Leno some days. This is because I had a small chin before and now it feels HUGE and MONGO by comparison. I look at other women though and my chin is fine. It's just normal now. But I liked and got used to my small little chin and yeah, sometimes I miss it. But whatever, this is my chin now. You will learn to love it. It could be much worse right? My dad had no chin either, and he grew a beard to make up for it. For men, it is not manly to have a small chin. But for women, it is a sign of femininity. I feel like a man-lady sometimes. But I have to be a grown up and just realize that I have a normal person chin now and not a little girl chin that is super cute and feminine. From the side by the way, it was pretty freakin ugly. I like my profile WAY better now.
    - It is a SLOW LONG CRAZY LONG AWFUL wait. But it gets better.
    Good luck!

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  9. Thank you so much! So, perhaps in one more month I will look more human and the chin will just have to grow on me. It made me a little sad to see that you feel like Leno sometimes...I was hoping that thought would go away. I do love the side profile; it's just getting used to looking at my face dead on that is hard.

    I really can't tell you how your blog has helped me. This can be a very lonely process (even though my mom and sister flew out to help me). I found your blog to be intelligent, humourous, supportive, and informative. All the best!
    Renee

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  10. Thanks Renee! Hey, that's my middle name btw. Also, I no longer feel like I have a Jay Leno chin :) Like you said, it "grew" on me, lol. It took a while though. I'm totally fine with it now. In retrospect would I have asked him not to "slide" my genioplasty forward so much? Yes. But I didn't get to make calls like that in utero, and I didn't get to do in this case either. I am happy to take FUNCTION over form when it is a matter of mere millimeters. :) Hope you're doing well and have adjusted!

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