I went in on Tues the 8th and got my surgical hooks on. Everybody in my orthodontists office wished me well, and my mom who flew in a few days prior got to meet everybody at the appointment. Everybody asked what my last meal was going to be, but I didn't even really know at that point! I've been on a eat-a-thon for the last few months (like...the last 5 months, so don't feel bad for me!), so it's not like I really waited until the last second and had to have a certain something the night before. My mom is in town from Philly and we don't have tri tip out there, so I smoked up a tri tip with some local asparagus and quinoa. It was awesome!
Just like any anesthesia, you're pretty out of it afterwards. On top of it, I was also getting heavy doses of morphine through my IV. I remember asking a nurse why my bed was tilted with my feet up and head low, and I think she said it was because my blood pressure dropped towards the end of surgery and they laid me like that to help it out. You're so out of it at firs tin the PACU that you're not really in pain. Discomfort-- like, I could feel I was swelling and my jaws felt tight and wired shut (duh!), but over all so out of it I didn't care. I know for me I usually just sleep and am out of it after any anesthesia, but in a good way. I never get sick luckily! I was never sick feeling except for the one time they got me off the bed and put me on a wheel chair to pee after being in the PACU for a few hours post op-- when I went to get up I got all hot/flushed, felt nauseated, SO out of it, and felt like I was going to pass out. By the time I got back to my bed, I was getting the whole ears ringing and TV closing in thing, so I made it back just in time! It's funny how much you don't care about things in that state. I remember getting to the toilet and there was pee on it. I hopped right on and didn't even care (which is SO NOT like me... I'm a little bit of a bathroom-a-phobe who has to wipe everything down before sitting), and totally left the door open for other nurses and patients to just see. I just didn't care and was so out of it.
The past few days have been rough too. They say up until day 3-4 it's the worst thing you've ever experienced, and I have to agree at this point. I would have to say this is the toughest thing I've ever been through. My mom and husband have been awesome through everything making sure I have fluids, ice in my packs (going out back and breaking it up with a hammer manually since the gel blocks they gave me pre op absolutely sucked!), and just over all taking great care of me. I think today is finally getting over that 3-4 day hump. I definitely feel better than yesterday. Up to this point I am more numb on my right side up to the bottom of my eye-- even only the right half of my nose is pretty numb and the left is fine. My left side has been pretty good since I got out of surgery, but my lips have been in and out of it and at times more tingly than numb. Definitely think my right side is going to take a while, but hopefully I get all my feeling back. I started getting zinger pain in my front teeth and could tell that was some nerves already waking back up. That happened days 2-3. Today has been much better with that. It sucks, but at least I have nerves coming back this fast! I'll take it! Overall everything is just so swollen, numb, and tight. Less mucousy today and less stuffed up so that is making it more comfortable to breathe. The breathing thing really sucked the last few days! Looking forward to a shower today and maybe taking a walk outside. I've had ZERO energy. Probably the pain meds in combo with having maybe 600-900 calories if I'm lucky. It's just been hard to get food in.
Some of them not the most flattering, but here are a few pics through the journey the last few days!