Hello people of the internet!
It's been a while since I last updated, but things have been busy with me as I've been finishing up my last year of high school (woo-woo!). Anyway, I thought I'd give y'all a very quick update on what's going on in my life as far as surgeries and any orthodontic work and I guess what's going on in my life in general.
I have decided to make an advice blog on Tumblr and I thought that maybe some of y'all could go check it out. It's for anybody going into high school and needing advice and I will be sharing some of my own insight as I go on my journey through college!
Here's the link: http://collegechickadvice.tumblr.com/
Anyway, I have graduated high school (finally!) and I am so happy to be done. I feel like getting surgeries in high school and even in middle school can be scary for people and they can really take a toll on you--especially when you're trying to catch up on school and stuff like that. However, any maxillary jaw surgery can be quite frightening no matter what your age because everyone has to put their life on pause to recover.
So, I have graduated high school and I am currently looking for a silly job for the summer so I can start saving up for some spending money for college. I will be majoring in Neuroscience and I am super stoked about it (despite the fact that some people seem super awed by it and some people look at me like I'm weird. . .but whatever). I will be going to a 4-year university and I really am excited to start a new part of my life and meet new people and most of all. . . be DONE with surgeries!
So that's where my surgeries come in! So I just got one with a frenectomy with my periodontist which surprisingly wasn't as bad as it sounds! The shots definitely hurt than the actual "operation". For all of you who don't know what a frenectomy is, it's basically removing some tissue so that my lip can move farther and stuff. Anyway, it was a 30-minute procedure and it really just involved some cutting and some digging and then a little bit of stitches! So yay!
Anyway, there's like a triangle of my face that's numb, which I guess compared to the jaw surgery, is really nothing, but I really never have enjoyed the feeling of being numb on my face. . .but I guess you do need it. Of course, there will be some slight swelling and the recovery time probably a couple days to about a week and then I'll be all done with that surgery.
However, my orthodontist is really nervous about this bone that's showing in my gums from my jaw surgery so she wanted me to ask my periodontist about it and apparently, he just said that it was dead bone and it really wasn't going to affect anything. . .but I will probably ask my orthodontist about what she wants me to do about it if it's really not that big of an issue. But I'll probably find out in the next week. . .
Anyway, I have one more surgery that I've scheduled for this summer and it is for my nose, in other words I'm getting a rhinoplasty which. . . is basically a nose job.
Now before y'all start getting judgmental in your heads when reading this, I thought I'd let you know that my nose has always been just fine in my own view. There are times when I really hate how asymmetrical that it is but it was the way God made me and that was one thing that took me a really really long time to accept, but I think it's time I just get it fixed and most importantly and what I'm more excited about is that it should be helping me fix my breathing! I've said this before in previous blog posts, but I've had a really hard time breathing through my nose throughout my life and I've always been a mouth breather, but of course, the jaw surgery really did help, but I do want to be able to help it as much as I can.
I will be updating my recovery time for that as I go toward it, but I don't think I'm looking forward to the post-op stuff for this surgery either. I think I'll look more like crap than I did after the maxillary jaw surgery which isn't something I'm looking forward to, but I think I'll be happy with it after a year, just like the jaw surgery.
Anyway, that should be my very last surgery which makes me ecstatic, you have no idea. It's been a long journey for me and I'm really excited to have that all behind me and just look forward to enjoying the rest of college and everything else.
Anyway as far as the pain level for this last operation. . .
Well, I'm starting to feel a little, tiny bit of pain which is like a 3/10 but I am still pretty much numb. If anything, the shots hurt the most and I really don't really like shots. . . ever so yeah. The recovery time is quick and I look forward to healing easily from this little operation!
Hope you all are enjoying your summer!