I’m Back and Better Than Ever!

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I baaaaack! *She says in creepy girl in horror movie tone* No, but really, I know I took a little break (or a long three month break; tomato, potato), but Jaw Surgery Pain is back and will posting regularly again. I’m back and better than ever!

The posting schedule will be a little different. Instead of posting Monday and Wednesday, I will now be posting new content on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Some of you may have noticed that the website has been redesigned and that I now have my very own official logo (the big thing at the top of the page that says jawsurgerypain.com), thanks to Emily Dawn Designs. A big thank you to my amazingly talented cousin for making it for me. I love it, and hopefully you all do too. If you want to check out more of her work, or possibly even hire her, check out the graphic design, specifically logo/web banner, company at emilydawndesigns.blogspot.com.

And now for a little update on me and why I have been out of the blogging business for the past three months.

For the most part, I have just been busy. I have been progressively lowering my medication and have been getting a lot of energy back, which for me means taking on more work. I’m not going to bore you all with the list of conferences, school and regional senator work, my job, and schoolwork I have been bombarded with.

grad diplomaHowever, it is worth it to note that it all ended with me getting my associates degree a few weeks ago in American Sign Language! Because I graduated high school early (click on the “My Story” link right under my logo for more info on that), this was my first ever graduation and I was so excited! I graduated with honors and was the student commencement speaker. Even though it was raining the whole time, the ceremony was fun and my speech went well. I will be transferring to California State University of Northridge in the fall as a Deaf Studies major and Biology minor.

I have also had some health problems, as per usual. Almost all of my free time has been spent reading or sleeping because I did not have enough spoons to do all I was doing and also get stuff done at home. This has lead to a messy room and not a lot of exercise. For you chraintims* out there who will know what this means, I am now on a 25 mcg/hr Fentanyl patch, 0.2 mcg Clonidine patch, I’m down to 3, 300 mg pills of Neurontin per day, and around four Percocets per day. This is excellent for me and the lowest amount of medication I have been on to date. I’ve seemed to hit a plateau with this combination and dosage of medication though. I can’t go any lower without having significantly worse pain. Although I hope this changes in the future, I am coming to terms with the idea that I may be in some amount of pain my entire life, and that’s okay.

Now that I am done with school and am no longer working, my mom has suggested I take this summer before I move out and start school in the fall to improve myself and get in the best health I can. This means getting on schedule and waking up and going to bed at the same time every day. This means taking a short walk each day. This means doing a couple of activities every day instead of just sleeping.

Although these steps may seem simple and easy to a healthy person, these are incredibly hard for someone with a chronic illness like myself. Sleep schedules are hard to maintain with pain and medication interfering. I took a walk the other day and a light breeze caused nerve pain on the whole left side of my face for the rest of the day. And most days I am just too exhausted to get anything done, but I need to do it. I plan on making blogging, updating my blog’s social media, and maintaining my website part of my daily activities.

So please follow all of my social media, share this post, and leave me a comment below letting me know what has helped you control your pain and become a better you!

I love all of my readers and appreciate the chronic pain community so much. Thank you again to everyone who has welcomed me back with open arms through social media so far. I look forward to connecting with you all again!

*Chraintim is a word Jaelin at Jaw Surgery Pain made up because she got sick of typing the words chronic pain victim out over and over again. Now, she simply combines all three words to create a new, easier to use word: chraintim.

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