I also realized this week that I can now open my mouth fully. A whole two fingers wide. Those of you who have not had this surgery will not be able to appreciate the significance of this. It's a major milestone. It does hurt a little bit but none the less I am almost at a point where I can use a dessert/soup spoon as opposed to eating EVERYTHING off a tea spoon. Sometimes I find myself opening my mouth, simply because I can!
I've haven't been very good with my night time elastics, in fact I've slept without them for two nights now. I've no idea if my lax attitude will cause me any setbacks at this point. It will be pretty silly of me if it does after being so rigid with every other part of treatment. I'm not sure if any other surgery goers have felt this way but this last stretch is most definitely the longest. A week feels like a month. However, when I feel this way I force a walk to my calender, and look at this until any negative feelings pass:
I've also spent a lot of time this week thinking back to a post pre surgery when I was beyond worried about getting back to normal and on top of many things including college work. Now that I'm four exams away from completing the semester,100% caught up and 100% confident on passing I wonder how much of our lives are wasted with unnecessary worry. After much evaluation and analysis I believe that I worried at least 50% more than necessary with regard to surgery and more specifically the ability to recover. So if you're on your journey, take my advise, worry at least 1% less every day.
On that note, here are some pictures week nine: