June 16, 2014

Day 126: Long time, no see

Sorry I haven't posted in sooooooooooo long! Life has a habit of getting really busy, huh. I have some recent photos to post, here are some of my family and I before my brother went to his school ball:






This was for a wedding, it's the first time I've worn make-up since surgery:


Aaaaand at a party a few weeks ago:



Unfortunately I do not have progress photos to post today, I am in the middle of exams, but I am planning to do a big photo post when I am finished. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

Soooo today is 18 weeks post-op. Also known as 4 months and 6 days post-op. I can't BELIEVE it's been 4 months already, time really is flying.

Things are going really well. I am still 100% happy with my decision to have surgery, no regrets so far. My surgeon and orthodontist are happy as well, everything seems to be going great. Not sure when I will be getting the braces off, I have my next appointment in two days time though so hopefully he gives me some hints!

Eating is mostly back to normal, probably about 90-95%, though I still struggle with very hard things - especially using my front teeth.

Numbness has almost disappeared, I have probably about 80% back? There are spots on my chin and bottom lip which are back, but not 100% normal. Oh, and upper gums are still completely numb.

Health-wise I haven't been doing great, my iron levels have raised a bit but are still below normal levels. I've been having some emotional issues but I think this is due to low iron and probably just stress. I've also been having problems with my heart over the past week, an irregular heart-beat caused by PVCs. I've had blood tests done to rule out imbalances so this is most likely due to stress and anxiety. After exams I am planning to rest up until next semester. I haven't had a good break in about 2 years with uni, full time work, and then surgery, so I think a break is what I need!

I have pretty much gained back the full-use of my face, the stiffness has completely disappeared and I no longer feel limited in regards to facial motion. I just measured how far I can open my mouth and it's around 47mm.

I feel a lot more confident with my appearance now, I even got blue ligature bands last time I went to the orthodontist! I've always had silver to try and attract as little attention as possible to my teeth as I was so self-conscious of them. It worked, because a lot of people never realised I had braces until after surgery haha. Now I am happy with my smile, I feel no shame in showing it off! Woohoo!

I can't think of anything else to say right now so I guess I should go and study.....

Until next time,

Kelsie

2 comments:

  1. Wow, great result. You look fantastic! Hope you enjoy the new smile! :-)

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    1. Thanks Colette! I am loving it :-)
      Kelsie

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