First Surgery Recovery Days 36 and 37: Snow day and jaw opening exercises

Thursday and Friday, February 13 and 14, 2014

Yesterday it snowed all morning. I awoke to an email from my job saying that all employees should work from home. This is good for a few reasons. First, I got to sleep an extra 1-2 hours. Second, I got to make soft foods to chew on. I usually just drink Ensure at work. And third, I got to be at home all day!

For breakfast I made a giant pancake and tried to eat it over the course of 20-30 minutes. After eating half of it, my stomach wasn't feeling too good. The pancake wasn't really that great to begin with. Maybe after 37 days my stomach isn't used to digesting fried pancake batter covered in butter and syrup. I also had some eggs. The first meal of the day was pretty messy.

The rest of the day was spent doing work, selling the last of my video game memorabilia on eBay, drinking Ensure and doing my best to keep my mouth clean. I probably should have continued my Mad Men marathon, but I didn't. So what did I watch instead? The latest episodes for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

I was excited to find out that my new short film was featured on Yahoo. In fact, as you can see above, on Friday it got front and center placement on the homepage. I remember shooting the project and my brother was waiting in the car for 1-2 hours. I can now tell him that he wasn't sitting in the car for no good reason. I keep wondering to myself if these short films I'm doing will turn into anything, but nothing has happened yet. There haven't been any Hollywood guys with 1930s accents saying "hey kid, we want you to make pictures for the studio, seeee." Not yet at least. I like doing my own thing, and if it turns into an opportunity to make a good amount of money, that would be great.

I still haven't taken a pain pill since earlier in the week. If you've been following my blog, you know that it's now been a few days since my last Motrin. Before that time, I hadn't gone more than 24 hours without a pill. The minimal pain that I felt after surgery seems to be very, very slowly going away. The only pill I'm taking daily is allergy medication.

Tonight is another Friday night when I won't be going out to eat. It's nice to save money, but I miss having a night out. Sure, I could go to a movie or some event, but I can't eat out. I'm chewing on food at home, kind of, but I'm nowhere near the point I need to be to get back to chewing in public.

This weekend will be two more days of recovery, and Monday is day 40. On Wednesday, the piece of plastic called the "splint" will finally come out after 42 days. It's not really bothersome, but it does prevent me from being able to speak clearly. I'll also have some rubber bands and front brackets removed.

Lastly, I've been going through some jaw opening exercises since my jaw still won't open much. When I try to put food in my mouth to chew, it kind of stops at the front of my teeth, and I have to help it get where it needs to go. I use two fingers and drag them out to the sides of my jaw, holding it slightly open, then release, and repeat. My surgeon said this can help. I hope it does, because he mentioned that if my jaw still isn't opening much, he'll need to install something that helps it slowly open over time. No thanks.

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