Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Jawiversary

February 12 marked my 12 month jawiversary, one full year after my face was sawed open and screwed and wired together. Wow. It's hard to believe. It feels both like forever ago and like it was just yesterday.

Things have finally started settling down for me. I still have the braces on my top teeth (put back on in October after three months of being off) and the gaps are closing nicely.

A month or two ago, I started developing some problems with my right joint - crackling and clicking and pain upon opening and chewing. Fortunately, a physiotherapy session helped resolve that. I am confident that once the braces are off again, the joint will settle into place, because I don't recall having problems with that joint when the braces were off last time.

My opening is at about 44 mm and my jaw swings slightly to the right when I open to my full range of motion. Again, some physiotherapy exercises are helping to correct that, and also build some more strength in the jaw. Though I am told that it will take months of these exercises before I will be opening straight. It's a marathon for this kind of thing, not a sprint.

I have my one-year checkup with my surgeon next week, so we'll see what he thinks. I have a feeling he'll be happy with how things are going. One thing I noticed over the past few weeks is that there's a spot on the left side of my jaw that's a bit tender. It seems like the location of where the screws are, so I'll have to ask him about that.

There is still a slight, slight amount of numbness in my chin. I only notice it when I run my finger very lightly across it. When I touch my face normally, it feels fine. I notice minute improvements still, so I know it continues to get better, even though it's at a slower pace than at the very beginning. I am hoping that full feeling will return eventually, though I can live with the amount that I have now without any discomfort, so I'm not too worried about it.

As for the depression I have been dealing with since after my surgery, it seems to be lifting with the proper drugs and treatment. I've had to accept that this will likely be a life-long struggle for me, as it runs in my family, but I am sure that I can fight it and come out on top.

I always come out on top.

I thought you might like to see some pictures of what I look like now:


Willow said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! You look fabulous-o! Congratulations on dealing with this tough situation so well, Miss! And getting a whole lot of German fetish fans in the process. Who knew?

V said...

Congratulations!!! And I LOVE the fringe, it really suits you!!!xxxx

Sparkling Red said...

That is a momentous milestone! It also feels to me like just yesterday that I was reading your posts about the surgery and aftermath. Congratulations on a successful journey so far. And you look fantastic. This is an occasion that calls for cake!

Bella said...

Thanks so much for the support and compliments, guys. You rock.

And yes, I should eat cake! Thanks for the idea, Red ;)

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now and have found it very helpful for me during my recovery from my lower jaw and chin advancemnt in june. I especially appreciate all the discussion around post-op depression, as I too have had a problem with this (though, thankfully not to the extent that you have) It is something very hard to talk about and therefore very hard to find others who are willing to share their personal experiences with it. Good luck! I know its tough, but I am fully convinced that you will come out on top! Thank you so much for writing this blog, it has helped me tremendously! And HAPPY ONE YEAR!! such a huge milestone!

Bella said...


Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you've found the blog helpful - that's the whole reason I started it to begin with. It's hard to write about depression, but I knew that if I put myself out there, I would be able to help others, and it's good to know that's happening. Thank you!

Deb on the Rocks said...

Wow, a year. You are a brave little toaster!

Awesome photos!


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