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Shelter-In-Place and Progress (Surgery + 41w1d)

Well its been a long time since I’ve written an update. I haven’t forgotten about this blog, but there hasn’t been much to update for a while I was happily doing acupuncture every week until the CoVID-19 situation started to rise up, and I stopped it. The nerves in my chin continue to make improvement …

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Feeling Normal… aka this blog is going to get boring (Surgery + 4 mo 2w)

My thrush has been completely gone as of about 2 weeks ago. It turns out the Chlotrimazole they had prescribed had definitely killed it off, but my tongue was still a bit wide from the medication itself and the irritating effect it has on skin. So, after stopping the medication the thrush has not come …

Removed my splints and a Few FAQ (Surgery +12w1d)

The splints in my mouth are out!!! Good riddance. The tissue (gums, palate) that were covered by the splints are a bit tender. I’m supposed to brush with a baby soft tooth brush and told to avoid toothpaste for 2-3 days due to the acidity. I’m good with that. My teeth feel more solid than …

What acupuncture looks like (Surgery + 9 weeks)

I know it looks strange, but it is definitely helping! Needles are placed along the Trigeminal nerve. The lingering numbness I’ve had in my chin is now shrinking to a small area somewhere below my lower lip and kind of inside where the gums are. It’s a bit hard to be explicit about where exactly. …

Life goes on (Surgery + 8 weeks and 1 day)

It’s been more than 8 weeks since surgery, and it now seems like a really distant memory. However, in the last few weeks, I ended up getting a virus from my kids who got sick. My initial fever was high enough that I ended up going to the emergency room to make sure it wasn’t …

Back to work, acupuncture, and first post-op ortho appt (Surgery + 5 weeks)

Acupuncture has been great for stimulating my stretched chin nerves! My chin, in sort of a goatee-like area, had zero feeling three weeks ago. After two acupuncture sessions and stimulation exercises from the myofunctional therapist, I’m up to 20% on the center of the area, and the numb area itself has overall gotten significantly smaller. …

Ears (Surgery + 27 days)

Finally my ear pressure popped and I can hear well out of both ears! I went to my myofunctional appointment and got exercises for waking up my nerves, especially where I still lack feeling in my bottom lip to chin. I have a surprising amount of control and capability post-surgery according to the therapist. One …

Resolving the symptoms (Surgery + 21 days)

My energy has been coming back more and more each day. Sleep is good each day. And, eating with restricted space and a few rubber bands is getting better and easier. I still have ear pressure right now. It can be pretty annoying, but disappears when I lie down. So, I end up lying down …

Home front (Surgery + 17 days)

So good to be back home! In a space of more familiarity, I can more accurately see the effects of sleeping. DEFINITELY sleeping consistently and deeply and now sleeping all the way through the night vs. being woken up occasionally by unfamiliar surrounds and rental unit AC noise. Some days have been rougher than others …

Splint is out ! Going home (Surgery + 14 days)

Going home! The splint was taken out yesterday at Dr. Movahed’s office. So exciting! I am now able to start eating soft foods, which are way better than the prior two weeks of liquids only. Lots of things to ‘Return to Normal’ coming in the next few weeks: One more week of wearing stomach tension …