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New Year, New Me…Literally

Posted by caaponte on January 30, 2018 in Senior Year

First day of school and we are asked to introduce ourselves. Normally not an issue…except for this time.

I had double jaw surgery on January 4th, 2018 but had to go back into surgery on January 26th, 2018 to readjust the lower jaw. So this means my braces are still on, people are still unable to recognize me, I can’t open my mouth wide enough to pronounce words correctly, parts of my face are still numb, and I still do not know what the end product will be. My surgeon can show me the schematics of his incisions but not of the covering tissue.

So what does this mean for me?

It is truly a test of patience and bravery. Patience because it is uncommon to have to go in for a second operation. Bravery because I am afraid I will never regain sensation in my face. The swelling should go completely down in 6 months to a year and my nerves should regain complete feeling in about a year. Every case is different so I just have to be optimistic.

Being on the liquid diet, I stop at Jamba Juice a little more often than usual and always have straws on hand.  But still, I am hungry – All. The. Time.

Doing things that are part of my normal routine help me feel more like myself. I cannot work for 2-3 weeks, I cannot workout for 6 weeks and I cannot participate in contact sports for 6 months. For right now, I feel dizzy after just 2 hours of walking around. But, I take a picture every day to remind myself how far I have come.

I do not know anyone who has had the procedure done but that’s where online blogs and YouTube videos have come in handy. Everyone says their lives have dramatically changed for the better so that helps keep me thinking positively. It will all be worth it and I can’t wait to show my before and after photos!

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