All checks out well. My surgeon looked pretty happy again and said I look great aside from the normal residual puff/swelling I've got going on still in some areas. I took a new pano and that looks great too and he said my bones are healing nicely still and the hardware looks good. I can really see the deviated septum on this pano, so I asked him about when I should get that fixed. He said he likes to wait a year to let all the scar tissue settle and everything else. I would need to get with an ENT to fix it. Bbboooo....I was hoping Dr. Karas could do it! I don't want to go through the anxiety of getting with a new doc that I don't trust. Hopefully Dr. Karas can give me the name of somebody he trusts, so therefor I would trust. He's happy with my opening, and happy to hear the numbness and nerve issues are shrinking back in to the original strip of permanent numbness and tingling I had left from the first surgery along my right side of my lower lip/chin. I asked him about the pea sized hard lump that was up around the orbital rim area under my right eye, and he said if that hasn't resolved by now it's probably not a hematoma and could be a bone spur or the very edge of that plate and screw set under there. So, we'll address more at my next appointment, which will be in 3 months! Gah! 3 months not seeing Dr. Karas makes me feel vulnerable...but a LOT less so than before. I think I am at the point now where I am ready to fly on my own and not need those constant checks and reassurances that all is the way it's supposed to be this time.
My ortho was nice enough to squeeze me in unannounced. And again, I think he was glad I stopped by. He knows when I stop in it's usually not for nothing. He agrees my bottom jaw was slacking back again. He thinks because I was SO compliant with wearing my elastics, to just almost take them off cold turkey was abrupt and just allowed things to float where they wanted. We'll ease off of them next time and hopefully that will transition things slower to stay where they need to be. I really hope that is the case....scary to think I could be out of braces and no elastics and my bite just floats back and I relapse. I freaking hope not!
Vlog and pics below. I went ahead and chopped the rest of the mop off the top of my head, so now I am officially back to full pixie! :) Don't mind the tired eyes in the vlog, today is my third day in a row coming off of 5 hours of crappy sleep before my 4:45am shift at work. God, I can't wait to work a job where I am not doing crazy hours!