Yesterday I am proud to say was the day of my unwiring! I know it's been a while with my updates, but I've been really trying to keep myself busy these last couple of weeks. Anyway, I have three sets of pictures for you all. The first was taken June 25th before a baby shower I attended, the second was June 30th for a Katy Perry concert (hence the makeup haha), and the last set was taken just today (the day after unwiring).
As for my progress post wires, I still have to wear elastics around the hooks on my braces. Which essentially feels like I'm wired shut again, but at least I can take them off to eat. Unfortunately, I can BARELY open my mouth more than a centimetre for now. Retraining my jaw is going to be a long process :(. When I don't have the wires, I talk with my teeth shut still! I guess I'm just so used to it, and when I try to talk with my mouth open, I have a bad lisp haha, I'm currently working on that. There's no pain whatsoever, just when attempting to open my mouth either too wide, or after the elastics have been on my braces for a long period of time. As for my smile, I can FINALLY laugh and smile without it hurting! On the downside, my smile is still super awkward since I'm not used to smiling and my jaw muscles need to adapt haha. You'll see in the pictures, but I'm sure it will get back to normal soon. I keep smiling just to practice!
As for what I eat, pretty much I'm sticking to my planned diet for the next month or two. I still start with a green smoothie every morning just because I love it! For snack I'll eat something like a banana sliced up with some home made peanut butter, yuuuum! I'll still drink my protein and nutritional shakes with added fibre, and for lunch or dinner I'll have something like a tuna salad sandwich not toasted with the crust cut off and SUPER smushed haha. Pretty much, my goal for the next couple of weeks until I get better is to mimic the foods I've been eating during the liquid diet. This is so that my body isn't shocked by the sudden solid intake. Oh, and I've also increased my fibre to help digestion!
As far as working out, I'm happy to say I've gotten back into my regular full routine. Well, not quite, I'm only running 20-30 mins instead of my original hour, and the weights are still lighter than before, but at least I can do the full routine. I'm excited to get back into it!
I've also joined livestrong.com from the recommendation of another jaw surgery victim haha (thanks Elana)! Check it out even if you're not going through surgery. It's a great place to learn new healthy workouts and meals, plus it keeps track of your meals and exercises! Great tool!
That's all I can think of for now, I'll be sure to keep taking pictures to show you guys my smiling progress! As you can see, I'm STILL swollen on one side of my face more than the other, *sigh* something that's surely going to take a while to recover haha.
Saturday, June 25th- BABY SHOWER TIME! :)
Thursday, June 30th- Katy Perry concert! :)
AND FINALLY FOR THE FIRST PICTURES OF MY UNWIRING!!!!....
What an absolutely TERRIBLE awkward smile hahaha, sorry guys!
Those things that look like fangs are the white elastics holding my jaw together haha.
Side profile with no smile
And with a smile!