First Surgery Day 5: First post-op appointment

Monday, January 13, 2014

I went in for my first post-op appointment on Monday. I held paper towels on my face during both subway rides. Not fun. People stare. But I didn’t look at them, so it didn’t bother me. When I arrived, my surgeon cleaned every part of my mouth, got an x-ray of my jaw and I showed him some yellow discoloration on my chest. The yellow skin was standard bruising after surgery, he told me. He then let me know I should return on Thursday the 16th so he could attach some rubber bands.

I began to feel some pain later in the day in what turned out to be a place where they had made an incision during surgery. It was a sharp pain in my gums like someone was poking it with a needle. Swelling and pressure in the face continued, as well as numbness, though it was beginning to reduce more.

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