Surprise! Jaw Unwired Early

Taking my first bite of food in a month. It hurt a little, but was extremely satisfying.

Taking my first bite of food in a month. It hurt a little, but was extremely satisfying.

So before my one month post op I had gotten pretty impatient with the whole only eating liquids thing. So I started breaking off pieces of solid food and shoving it in the space where my wisdom teeth are missing in the back. I obviously did this because I was hungry and wanted food, but unfortunately that resulted in breaking the plastic splint on the back, right side. I ended up cutting my pointer finger up pretty bad from the loose wires too. I also broke several rubber bands and one wire holding my jaw shut. Needless to say, I was glad I had an appointment.

When I got to my appointment my doctor seemed totally unconcerned. He decided to remove the plastic splint altogether, which was pretty painful with all the tugging and trying to open my mouth farther than I wanted to (my jaw is locked shut to a certain extent). He surprised me by just putting three bands in my mouth so I could open my mouth about an inch. Which means NO MORE STARVING! I then commenced plan “Eat Food Because Jaw is Unwired and I’m Hungry” that I described in a previous post. This mostly meant eating mozzarella sticks and seasoned fries from Denny’s right after I left the doctor’s office. It was freaking delicious.

The mozzarella stick was much bigger and more uncomfortable to eat. Yes, that's why I look terrified.

The mozzarella stick was much bigger and more uncomfortable to eat. Yes, that’s why I look terrified.

In the two days since they’ve been unwired, my jaw joints and sinuses have been sore and in a little more pain than before, so I’ve been more tired and taking slightly more pain medicine. Overall, I’m a million times better because I’m not hungry. It turns out you’re a lot less cranky when you have food in your tummy. And I do have food in there. I think I’m afraid of not being able to eat again all of a sudden or something, because as soon as I’m not full, I’m making something else to eat. Everything just tastes so delicious! Don’t judge me!

When was the last time you stuffed your face with food? Why did you do it? Bad breakup? Stressed out? Make me feel better by letting me know in the comments below.

My mom was with me every painful/wonderful bite at a time. I love her so much!

My mom was with me every painful/wonderful bite at a time. I love her so much!

2 comments on Surprise! Jaw Unwired Early

  1. rebeccaelena
    December 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Ahh so happy for you Jaelin! I’ve been reading up on your blog and I am so happy to hear that things are working out for you! I had blood clots earlier this year that left me utterly useless (I literally couldn’t walk for a month!) so I can really relate to some of the frustrations of having health complications! I hope you’re feeling and doing great!

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    • jaelinpalmer
      December 14, 2014 at 2:02 am (3 years ago)

      Hey Rebecca! I actually read your entire article about your deep vein thrombosis. I can’t imagine how scary that would be. Not having use of your legs is one of the hardest things to deal with in my opinion. No matter what happens, at least I can walk. I’m glad you’re feeling better and I appreciate you reading my blog!

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