I’m getting a new face!

Okay, not quite. But guess what?! I have a surgery date! Rather than just call me back to let me know, I received a letter from the hospital telling me my surgery date and my pre-op date. THANKS. At least it’s sooner than I had anticipated.

So here’s the dealio. I’m not really getting a NEW face, but my profile might change a bit because the jaw surgery affects both my lower and upper jaw. I will mostly look the same… I’ve had a severe underbite for my entire life, and basically what they’re doing is saving me a lifetime of trouble. In the long run, I’d have problems with eating if I left everything as is. They’re going to knock me out with anesthesia, take apart my upper and lower jaws, reproportion the bones [cut some out and put some back in], and then they’ll put me back together. They’ve done it for many years, so it’s not uncommon.

Recovery time is between a week and a month [more like 1.5 months!]. I won’t be able to eat really. I’ll have to relearn to speak with my new mouth. Liquids will be my friend. Side effects may include loss of feeling in the face. If I’m drooling away while talking to you and not noticing, you will know why. For the first few days, I’ll look completely swollen and gross. I am NOT looking forward to that. That’s alright though. I’ll probably just lock myself up in the house with my pain meds. ;-)

So YES, a surgery date’s been set. Hooray! Rejoice! Another one off the list.

021 – Schedule jaw surgery date.

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  • YAY!!! I'm warning you that I'll make a lot of “OMG DID RV BEAT YOU?!?!?!” jokes during this time. I'm really excited for you and I'll keep my fingers, toes, and eyeballs crossed that everything goes okay.

  • YAY!!! I’m warning you that I’ll make a lot of “OMG DID RV BEAT YOU?!?!?!” jokes during this time. I’m really excited for you and I’ll keep my fingers, toes, and eyeballs crossed that everything goes okay.

    • lol, i’m sure he’s looking forward to all the jokes to be made. :-)

  • I need to plug my friend Erin’s jaw surgery blog one more time: http://xbites.blogspot.com/ – there are a lot of posts there, but I bet some of it will be helpful to you. Her surgery was in July 2007, if you want to go back to around that time to read about it and the near term “aftermath”. It’s good reading with some funny pictures!

    Good luck!

  • I need to plug my friend Erin’s jaw surgery blog one more time: http://xbites.blogspot.com/ – there are a lot of posts there, but I bet some of it will be helpful to you. Her surgery was in July 2007, if you want to go back to around that time to read about it and the near term “aftermath”. It’s good reading with some funny pictures!

    Good luck!

  • Wow, sounds big. I can imagine this will be a huge load off of your mind! Congratulations on the date and good luck!

  • Wow, sounds big. I can imagine this will be a huge load off of your mind! Congratulations on the date and good luck!

  • Glad they finally got you a date and now you’re all scheduled in! I hope you recover quickly and everything goes fine :)

  • Glad they finally got you a date and now you’re all scheduled in! I hope you recover quickly and everything goes fine :)

  • Yay! I know how long you’ve been waiting for this and I’m sure it’ll be worth the hassle. Lets make sure we have one last night out of fun filled laughs and eats before you can do neither! xx

  • Yay! I know how long you’ve been waiting for this and I’m sure it’ll be worth the hassle. Lets make sure we have one last night out of fun filled laughs and eats before you can do neither! xx

  • Eeek! I remember you telling me about this a long time ago. I wish you a speedy recovery!

  • Eeek! I remember you telling me about this a long time ago. I wish you a speedy recovery!

  • A “surgery date” sounds like when you black out and wake up the next morning in a tub of ice with a note and a phone and a couple of poorly made incisions. I will now continue reading beyond the first line.

    • I do have an extra kidney…

  • :-) Thanks! Yeah, I can’t wait for it to be over with… at the same time, SCARY.

  • YES, we need a big night out. :-)