Saturday, 23 February 2013

Before Pictures..

With just over two weeks to go to surgery I figure it’s about time to do the before pictures. I've been dreading doing these as I knew I would HATE how they look and I do but there’s no point doing a blog if you’re not going to do it right. So Here it goes..

Side Closed Mouth:

Side Relaxed Mouth:

 Front Closed Mouth:

Front Relaxed Mouth:

My face is not normally so red but I spent the day at the beach in the cold on a photography excursion.. Here are some pictures of my ‘smile’ before surgery from today.

I’d think this is an appropriate blog post to include a little rant about something that’s really bothering me and I’m sure those of you in my position have experienced the same situations. It’s when people refer to this surgery as cosmetic. Yes it does have cosmetic benefits but it does in fact have an actual medical purpose. It is to correct a bite. I have no issues in admitting that I was swayed more so by the cosmetic benefit than the medical benefit. I feel that this surgery will increase my confidence, self-esteem and self-image.This is a decision I have made all by myself through research, weighing up pros and cons and many discussions with my orthodontist and surgeon. I am aware of the risks, the recovery process and expected result. I have made an informed and enthusiastic decision. Rant Over.

I also went to a chemist to buy syringes and the biggest they sell is 10ml which I didn't think was big enough so the girl kindly decided to order in 20ml ones for me. I thought this was incredibly nice of her. She ordered them at 4:00pm on Thursday and rang me at 11:30am Friday to say they had arrived. I decided to take the whole box as she had ordered them especially  There were 120 in the box and it cost €20.00 which I thought was pretty awesome value. I don’t expect to use them all though. I also bought new slippers for the hospital. Pretty productive week all round. 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Three Weeks To Surgery..

So I finally made a start on liquid recipes. I decided I would be good and start with the healthy ones as they’re the most important to ensure you get nutrients etc. I found this one somewhere online and decided I’d try is as it appeared really easy and a cheat’s way out as you use frozen vegetables. So it goes as follows:

·         4 cups of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, Lima beans, etc.). This is about ½ of a large bag.
·         3 cups of broth, juice or cooking water
·         Salt and Pepper to taste
·         Optional: 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Cook vegetables for time indicated on package. Drain cooking water into a bowl and put cooked vegetables in the processor. Pulse 10 times. Process continuously for one minute. Add 3 cups of cooking liquid or other broth. Add salt/pepper to taste and oil if desired.

I did all of the above and yes it is easy to do and it was pretty nice but I had an issue with the peas in my mixed vegetables. Even though I blitzed it very well you could taste the little bits of pea skins and found them all over my braces which I imagine would be a problem after surgery with hygiene. So I suggest either get frozen vegetables without peas of if you want peas use fresh vegetables to avoid this issue. For the broth I used Knor chicken stock which was amazing, it even smelt awesome. Overall thought it’s an awesome recipe.

Here’s the pre blitz:

Here’s the blitzing:

It’s a bit vile looking but don’t let it put you off, it tastes much better than it looks.

And here’s me practicing eating through a straw (I’m sorry about the quality of the photo, I’ll have to use my digital camera in future as my phone camera isn't quite up to scratch) :

I've also done some more shopping. I picked up some ice-packs, two reusable ones and two instant ones. The reusable ones can be used as an ice pack or a heat pack which is pretty handy. The instant ones seem pretty handy as you can keep them next to you and just pop the little bubble inside and the bag freezes. The only thing is they’re expensive enough to only get one use out of but they do save a trip to the freezer. I’m not sure if I’ll need any more. I've also been researching other blogs and YouTube videos and hear that baby spoons are the way to go after surgery. Particularly the plastic ones as not only are they small there is no metal to knock off your braces or teeth. I picked up a back of 7 plastic weaning spoons in the local discount store for €2 and they’re green, blue and aqua which I think is super cool. I also picked up a box of very colorful straws that day though I've been thinking with no feeling in my lower lip I’m not so sure I will be able to use these but I’ll see how it goes.

Finally I've been considering entertainment. My wonderful Aunt Cilla bought me a digital box for the television in my room as I've had no channels since Ireland went digital (Thanks Cilla). So I will be able to watch more than just DVDs  I have decided to start watching One Tree Hill from season one as I've never seen it and Craig has been raving about it since I met him (almost 5 years ago, how time flies). Next I will search for a book to read:

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some fruit liquid recipes and more from my shopping list. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

It's Official..

So today I received a letter in the post from the hospital.. I almost didn't want to open it. It's my official letter of admission to hospital on the 10th of March 2013 which surprised me a little as I assumed I would just arrive early on the morning of surgery. I actually felt a flutter of nausea as I read it.... AAAAGGGGHHHH..

Saturday, 9 February 2013

30 Days to Surgery...

So I went for what I thought would be my last appointment with the orthodontist before surgery on the 6th which was last Wednesday. It was pretty good timing as last Sunday I decided to be a little naughty and enjoy my first piece of toffee in three years and managed to pull off a band on my upper right 8.. Beautiful. Spend three days pushing it back on every time I ate. Lesson learned however it was very worth it. So band fixed, molds taken and I’m off home with another appointment for three weeks’ time when I need to return for hooks, yes hooks. I've a pretty good idea what they are but I’m going to plead ignorant and not ponder on these ‘hooks’ for the next three weeks. They don’t sound very pleasant.

On a change of topic I have been making some effort with preparing for surgery. A bit disappointed that I haven’t experimented with liquid recipes yet but I will get there, have just enough time and I found out I have spring break from college the week before surgery which is pretty awesome timing.

I created my shopping list which is as follows:
  • Extra Pillows – I read during my research that if you sleep elevated you recover faster.
  • Ice Packs – Apparently ice-packs are the way forward with tackling swelling.
  • Vaseline – (And lots of it) Dry lips is a very common problem post surgery and due to the lack of feeling in your lips you don’t even notice it half the time.
  • Tissues –For the drooling (lol)
  • P-jamas –I imagine I’ll be spending plenty of time in these.
  • Bottles of Water – This just seemed like something practical for the list.
  • Syringes –To eat form (ugh)
  • Straws –For post syringe stage.
  • Entertainment – To prevent me from cracking up from the boredom.
  • Small Tooth Brush –I’m not willing to place an electric tooth brush anywhere near my face for a long time.
  • Iron Supplements –I regularly suffer from low iron, last thing I need post-surgery.
So far I have the pillows, tissues, Vaseline, straws, tooth brush and iron supplements. 

Here's my Vaseline, I'm slightly obsessed and in love with it..

Here are the iron supplements I am using. I started using them a week ago and will take one a day for a month. These ones are great, my doctor prescribed them for me before and I always feel an instant difference. There are only €2.15 from any chemist, that's only £1.82, $2.87 (US) and $2.79 (Aus), this is where most of my blog views are from. 

 I will continue gathering the bits I need and let you guys know if I find anything spectacular. I will also post pictures of these infamous hooks when I get them and before pictures closer to surgery time. I have planned an intense week of eating before surgery so I will be sure to let you all know how good it is.

Finally Happy Valentines Days… May love fill your life and chocolate fill your stomach!