Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Day 15 - smiling!
Today has been one of the more painful days for some reason. The last couple days I've been able to get by with only 2 motrin every 4 hours.... But today i had to take tylenol 3 a few times in addition to the motrin, and i still didn't get the pain under control. I could have taken a vicodin, but it makes me so sleepy that i wanted to avoid it at all costs. The most likely reason i can think of for my mouth hurting is that some of the nerves are finally waking up. Like I've said before, i've had zero feeling in my chin, lower lip, nose, my gums, and the entire roof of my mouth. Because of the numbness, I pretty much haven't been able to open my mouth at all...only slightly. I can't describe how weird it is to have no control over parts of your face. Imagine tapping your chin and not feeling anything. Imagine trying to make a smile that shows your teeth and being unable to. Its very strange. However, today I've begun to have more control over my face. Its still numb to the touch and I cant, for example, rub my lips together when i put on lip balm, but I can definitely sense some improvements. I think I can talk a little better, I can now make a kissy face (because thats exactly what I've been waiting to do for 2 weeks....) and I can (my personal favorite) make a smile that shows my teeth. Its an awkward smile... but a smile nonetheless! So even though today I've had to deal with a lot of pain, I'm smiling!!!!