However, now that time has passed, and I still can't eat anything chewy or hard. So, I asked my surgeon at my last appointment how long it would be until I could eat without discernment.
His response: about six months post-surgery.
Six (6!!) months??
When I was doing my research, I was under the impression that everything would be pretty much resolved at the three-month mark. As I go along, I find this is not the case.
This is a much bigger surgery with a longer recovery than I thought. Which is fine. Only I wish I would have known this before, so I could have been mentally prepared. When you are going through this recovery, you anticipate each milestone, no matter how small it is. It's what keeps you going and able to stay positive. So, you celebrate:
- The first time you "eat" without a Zip 'n' Squeeze or a syringe
- Getting your jaw unwired
- Brushing the backs of your fuzzy teeth after getting unwired
- Your first mooshy unwired meal
- The disappearance of swelling and bruising
- The first solid piece of food you successfully gum down
- Your dashing new profile and your sexy new smile.
All of these milestones are important. But what you want most of all is to be able to bite into a hard, crunchy apple or chomp on that big piece of barbecued steak. (I don't even eat meat and I want to do this!) So, when you find out that it will be another three months before you can do this, it's more than a little disheartening.
Ah well, at least I have something to look forward to, right?