Friday, 28 September 2012

Pictures from Day 2, 3 and 4

 The only picture from Day 2 (on wednesday).  I felt and looked the most swollen on this day.  Please ignore my hygiene in all of these pictures!  I've been bathing, but washing myhair hasn't happened yet, I think I will tackle that tomorrow.  Also, my nose might look funny because I have the breathe right strip in place.  I haven't been able to take it off for very long periods of time.
 These next three pictures are all from day 3 (thursday), my mom said yesterday it looked like a considerable amount of swelling had come down.  But, the chin, the jaw, the nose!  I'm happy with the results I'm seeing :)

 These three are of from today, I actually had enough energy to make it out to the living room for a couple of hours.  A large improvement on my laying in bed and doing nothing but sleep for the past few days.

My left (your right in the pictures) has a much more swelling than compared to the other side.  I'm starting to feel a little lopsided because the uneven swelling continues in my lips.  Oh well, this I can live with!

Today got much better after my last post.  So much so that I think I might start to wean myself off the narcotics.  So far everytime I have taken the narcotic, it didn't affect me, I didn't feel funny, it just helped significantly with the pain.  Today though, I've started to feel that disoriented drugged feeling and I don't like it.  My next round of medicine is at 6, so I'm going to see what happens if I just take the Tylenol, and if I'm ok then no more hard stuff for me!  Now this next part is kind of gross, but I'm curious if anyone else has found this happening to them.  I've been switching between a generic petroleum jelly and regular vaseline on my lips, but when I was using the vaseline I would find that big globs of almost like dried skin would peel off.  But way more than could have come from my lips if they had really been that dry.  It worried me at first because all this stuff was peeling off my lips and I wasn't sure if I should remove it or not.  I'm using just the generic petroleum jelly now and haven't had that problem for a while.  I haven't even begun to see what it's like inside my mouth, my lips are just so swollen you can't see anything inside there yet, which makes me happy that my appointment with Dr. S isn't until wednesday next week.I should be ready to be poked and prodded by him by that time! That's all for now.  I think three posts for one day is sufficient:)


  1. I can see the difference in the swelling. I hope you'll start feeling more like yourself soon.
    I was wondering how it is sleeping? I think the thing I am most nervous about is sleeping upright and not touching my face and also not getting sick all over myself while banded shut. I guess I'm going to have to make sure i take anti nausea meds to prevent that.
    Hope you feel better soon

  2. Sleeping isn't actually that bad. I've been on so much medication that I will literally fall asleep anywhere if I start feeling tired. I only typically get a couple of hours of sleep at a time though, like I think 3 hours at the most, but since all I'm doing is falling in and out of sleep, this has been sufficient for me. I actually find sleeping upright much more comfortable than if I lay horizontally. I was never able to find one of those bed rest pillows before surgery, so I just gathered up all the pillows in my house and made myself a pillow wall to live on. It's been fairly comfy. I find laying horozontally there is just way too much extra pressure on my face, and I don't need that right now.
    I feel so lucky that I never got sick once during this whole thing. But the few times I was feeling nauseous, I made sure i had lots of gravol to take, and it always helped. They were good at the hospital making sure I had gravol of I needed it, but make sure you have come liquid stuff at home too for after just in case. I actually found that drinking the boost drinks made me nauseous, I'm not sure why, but I had to switch to something else for protein, fibre and what not this week. I'm not lactose intolerant, I've had that checked before, but for some reason the littlest bit of lactose related products will cause me to be sick. My alternative is an expensive water mix from gnc, but as long as I'm not getting sick I'll pay whatever I have to!
    Are you getting nervous? Your surgery is soo soon! I can't wait to hear how it goes for you!