Good Morning to everyone and Thank you soooo much for your kind words and wishes for my birthday. It was a rough day yesterday, but the ice cream was GREAT! I'm just ready to be done with all of the unknowns related to the jaw thing, but I think I just need to accept that they will be with me for the next 36 years!
I go to the doc today to discuss my headaches and the pop I've recently acquired on the left side....not a great thing, but it doesn't hurt...so he'll probably tell me to live with it. It's a scary thing to know there's such instability in there, but I guess I can live with anything if it doesn't hurt!
Mary, Things have been going really well, aside from the freakish headaches and ER visits. I've been chewing like a mad woman and even had a salad this weekend! For my birthday, all I wanted (besides ice cream!) was a hamburger...my favorite. I had one, albeit with a knife and fork, but it was wonderful! I even ate a pickle!
My husband hovers at every bite, but my PT says my opening is up to 35mm since I started to chew again. So I guess it's a good thing to chew as long as it doesn't hurt! I was afraid for awhile to do anything, but I'm still avoiding bagels and the like. I did have pizza without the crust...it wasn't as bad as I thought. I have to pace myself though...if I know we're eating pizza for dinner, I don't chew for lunch and conserve the muscles for later...seems to work well!
Overall, I consider the surgery a resounding success. I think the complications I've been having lately are related to the vertigo and vestibular therapy I've been going through. I'm no longer walking into things and I can get out of bed with out tripping or falling, so I think I'm going to call a halt to that part of my PT now....I think the eye exercises are exascerbating my nerve issues and creating the evil exploding headaches....
Anyway, I'm hoping for a full week of no problems this week. I have finally gone from a day at a time to a week now and hopefully will get to a month soon. My husband and I want to move back to Atlanta and start a family, so there's tons of stress ahead....I just need to make sure my body can hold up to it and be strong enough to do the baby thing!
Fill me in Mary on how you've been....
Heather, Tiffany, Cheryl, Kierra, Michelle, Jill, Cathleen and everyone else...thanks so much for the great notes! I wish everyone a pain free year!
Jennifer (Twice as old as when I graduated high school!