Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Its over... I hope

I am home. The last few days seems to have come and gone so quickly. I was only in the hospital for a few days. I am not really in too much pain. Just very sore. The doctor gave me a liquid antibiotic so I can take it much better then a pill. I can not chew anything hard. A soft or liquid diet is all I can take right now. So mashed potatoes and oatmeal are my friends. The good side is so is ice cream. Yum.

I got into the hospital at 5:30am to prep for the surgery. I did manage to take some photos of before my surgery so I can compare afterwords.

You can really see my scar and the swelling that I had left.

They took me into the operating room while I was awake. I really don't know if this is a good thing or bad. Part of me never wants to see the operating table again. The other parts thinks its good to know what my surroundings will be. Guess the jury is still out on that one. But I did not have to worry too long as soon as they put me on the table out I was out in a matter of seconds. They did not even warn me. The next thing I knew I was waking up in IC Unit.

When I was wake enough the nurse showed me and my mom the plate. So this is it. I must say it is different from what I imagined. I thought it would be smaller or more flexible. Its very hard. Can not really make jewelry out of it like I thought. (HAHA) The color seems off too. I thought it was to be silver. Looks more like gold. Anyway. The doctor said that he tried to cut the plate out but he could not. Also that he had to take one of my implant studs out. It had gotten lose where my fistula developed and had to come out. He was not sure the exact placement of the implant but I would address that would Dr Sinada next week. I don't think I can recover that implant. I just hope it will not effect me getting my new teeth.

I really did not feel like doing anything. I did bring with me books and games to help the time go by. But all I wanted to do was sleep. Just sleep. I took a photo of my chin after surgery. I don't recommend anyone looking at it that can not stand the sight of blood. So be warned.

As usually my face swelled up like a big balloon. I am surprised that the side did not pop open. The above photo does not show it as the one below will, along with my new scar. I have to put bacterial ointment on it every day for about a week. No big deal. The doctor will take out the stitches next week. So I will need to stock up on Mederma or Scar Fade. But right now all I want to do is sleep. At least I am home.


Max said...

You're still beautiful. Make no mistake about it. Hang in there Laura. I'm inspired by your strength through this ordeal.

Tina said...

oh laura...i am so happy that it is over with and yet so sad to see you having to go through all of this, as it brings back memories of my own. i will be thinking of you in the days to come and praying for a speedy recovery. you are such a strong woman!