Six Weeks Post-Op, Sleep Week, and Deaf People

Me at six weeks. Noticeably less swelling.

Me at six weeks. Noticeably less swelling.

Almost six weeks post-op and I haven’t posted for about a week. Let me tell you why.

So after I had my jaw unwired early I was sent to the orthodontist who informed me that after 12 years of braces, two jaw surgeries, and five years of pain my bit still might not fit together. Yes, I was angry, but more than that I just felt sad. I know I’m not dying of cancer and it could be a whole lot worse, but can’t I just catch a fucking break?! Wtf jaw?! Just fit together already! Stop screwing me over! GRRR!

*Takes deep breath.* Anyway, in order to get it as close as possible they are using braces on the back of my teeth and rubber bands to pull my STILL BROKEN jaw into place. And let me tell you, it’s as freaking painful as it sounds. Right now you can actually wiggle the bones in my top jaw, that’s how loose they are.

So because of the pulling and prodding of my bones (which by the way also hurts the broken sinus bones) I have had to take more pain medication than usual. Because of the upped dose of narcotics, I have been asleep for the past week. Yup. That’s my

Had a blast with my mom and twin brothers at the Mission Inn. (The Deaf event was down the street.)

Had a blast with my mom and twin brothers at the Mission Inn. (The Deaf event was down the street.)

entire explanation. It hurt, so I was asleep.

It still hurt today/tonight, but there was the one thing that can almost always get my tired butt up: the gathering of Deaf people. Now some of you may be thinking, “That sounds prejudice! Can she say that?” The answer is yes. Yes I can. I’ll elaborate on this more in a later post, but I am getting my associates degree in ASL (American Sign Language) this semester. When you are fluent in sign language and you don’t have any Deaf family members, Deaf events are super exciting! You get to go sign with Deaf people and ASL students and it is just a blast. One of my younger brothers (Brecken) is in ASL 1 in his high school so he went with me. Now he’s hooked. I know it doesn’t sound that fun, but people who sign have such big, fun personalities and it is something special to see a group of people communicating in a different, visual, language in the middle of the rest of the world.

All in all, I got to spend time with family and do something I love. A truly successful evening.

What gets you up even when you’re hurt/sick? Have you ever slept your time away when you didn’t feel well? Let me know in the comments below! Hey, that rhymed. 🙂

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