Brandy's Braces, SARPE, Jaw Surgery Journal

This is my daily journal to my eventual perfect smile and Apnea free life. It logs my surgeries, and daily progress.

Monday, September 22, 2008

16 months Post Op

So here we are again, only today it is 1 month later and I'm 16 months post op. Things continue to heal and improve, and with each passing month become closer and closer to how they were before surgery. Just this past week I went through another healing spurt. As has been the norm with the others my lower lip got very hot, tingly, and hyper sensitive for a few days. It felt more numb then it normally does, and then without warning the tingling subsided and my lower lip now has more feeling in it then it did before. There are still patchy areas (very small ones in my lower lip and slightly below it) that continue to heal and improve as time continues to pass.

I can now easily put lipstick on, meaning I can really feel it without looking now, and I have much more control over drinking and eating, as well as kissing. Things no longer feel totally void of feeling. The bonded retainer has done wonders over the past month and my teeth now feel pretty stable on top with no more pain. I'm thinking that some of the pain and instability I was experiencing was due to the nerves regenerating in my upper incisors. I can bite into sandwiches now and just about anything else with little or no issue.

Sleeping continues to be amazing, and I'm so much happier and healthier then I have been in a long long time. I'm also at 6 months now without having any sinus infections either. This is the longest stretch without one in over 4 years. It is so nice to feel strong and in control of my immune system again! Mostly my life has returned to normal, and I honestly just go about my days without really thinking about the changes anymore. My healing continues though, and has followed a very definite progression moving from the chin up. I'm guessing it could be a few more months until everything is 100%, but currently it is at about 95%, and I can live with that as it gradually returns on its own.

Until next month, I wish you all well, uneventful surgeries, and happy healing.

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  • At 5:40 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    Brandy, you look great for starters...second..did you know that Graham got his braces off? Go check him out! He looks great!

  • At 6:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello, Brandy. I hope you remember me. We talked a good bit on the Metal Mouth message boards when I had my SARPE surgery in April of 2006. Today I'm going in to be debanded and things have worked out nicely. I elected to go with a somewhat imperfect alignment to avoid the second LeForte surgery and I'm perfectly happy. I can bite through my food and I don't plan on taking any modeling jobs any time soon, anyway. Your smile looks fantastic. I haven't taken time to read through all of your blog for the last two years, but you are to be commended for sticking with it. Just wanted to check in and thank you for your encouragement when I was going through the "stuff." Hope all goes well for you in your remaining recovery. Thanks again.

    Jim Slaughter
    aka "Slawdawg"


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