Dr. Karas did another check on everything, cleaned/suctioned my inisions, and looked at my bite. He looked really pleased again, said I am healing really fast and my incisions were kept clean and are healing nicely. He was happy with the amount of swelling I'm dropping too and remarked again that I am healing pretty quickly. The ladies up front said the same thing. I laughed and said either all the medical professionals must say that to every body or I really do heal quickly because everybody always tells me how quickly I heal every time I see them. So, all checks out and my next appointment is in 10 days where if all looks well, I'll get the splint out! Praise baby jebus!! I'll be able to brush my front teeth in 10 days!
Stopped at my ortho's office after and he gave a double check and likes what he sees now. He seemed pretty excited actually, which I was happy to see after his excited, but not as excited as this week, reaction last week. He said it's all good, and my lower teeth are not quite rotating all the way up right now too because of the splint itself. So, I think he kind of jumped the gun a bit, BUT....I would totally rather these guys be worried about what is really nothing and super hyper-vigilant than be like what I had last time, which was totally negligent and uncaring. So this is all good with me. He also mentioned that my smile, after compensating the last year, is a little crooked up in the one direction, which is probably why I thought I was canted at first. But he assured me he looked at things again and thinks it's actually almost dead on perfect. Phew. So, he's booked me back again in tandem with Dr. Karas after I get my splint out. He doesn't think I'll be ready to get open enough for them to do a wire swap, but we might be able to start different band configurations or something at that point. Regardless, he still wants to get his eyes on me for a check. Man, I am still really blown away by all the check ups this time! Crazy to go from basically ZERO post op care the first time, to really great care the second time.
Overall good news today. Only other updates is the area I thought was a hematoma on my right continues to feel better, and now a new hard little pea sized lump under my eye has formed. It doesn't hurt oddly enough. I mean, it's tender, but not bad. I thought maybe it was a plate and screw up there (which I thought was high and up there, but who knows!), but it's not. Dr. Karas felt it today and said it's definitely not a plate/screw up that high and it's probably a little hematoma since he had to dig up high on that side to grind out my old hardware. So, now I'll start applying heat up under my eye and see how that goes. Numbness on my left almost all gone, and I feel like the numbness on my right is getting a smidge better from the outter edges of my cheek and working inwards. I think this is how it went last time too and it took a while, so we'll see what happens with that. The yeast infection is just about cleared up finally. Lets hope all that good bacteria stays happy now. Weight wise I am doing better in terms of slower weight loss this time, which sucks because I gained 20lbs going in to this, but at least I am getting more nutritional calories this time to help me heal better. I am down 10lbs now to 132. 125 is my happy weight to get to, so a few more pounds and I'll be back in happy land back in my old clothes once again. Here's a few shots from the last few days. I've been bad with the daily photos, but taking them enough to get the gist of how the swelling looks over a period of time.