Friday, December 13, 2013

One year ago yesterday

I had my maxillary osteotomy.  It's amazing how quickly this year has flown, but I was in a fog for months after the surgery.  You can't have any idea of how much it takes to recover from a 7+ hour session of general anaesthesia until you actually go through it. I figured I'd bounce back much more lightly than I did, but I'm glad I did that and that it's behind me. Total quality of life is improved for having a proper bite, having the deviated septum repaired and also not having the constant earache from the jaw misalignment.  Any one of these issues would have been justification enough to go through the procedure and recovery, but to have them all done is such an improvement. I've said so before, but I'll say again if you have a deviated septum and breathing issues because of it, you really should have the surgery to correct it-- it's amazing what a huge difference it makes being able to breathe clearly through your nose as you were meant to do.

I'm feeling better, and still dealing with the cough that comes with post-nasal drip. Occasionally I'll have extraordinary coughing fits.  I remember last year being rather bummed because my surgery and its aftermath would make me unable to see the Hobbit at or around the time of its premiere, and now the cough is something that will keep me out of the theatre, unless it clears up dramatically and quite soon. I'm trying gradually to collect more pecans in the yard, but I'm taking it in baby steps. I call that redneck yoga, much like picking up brass at the range.  I get tired quickly, though. 

I have a lot of projects going on and I'll try to post some soon.  Hope you're having a wonderful December, and I'm SO so so glad not to be in school for a month. *whew!*


Evyl Robot Michael said...

It's hard to believe it's already been a year.

Jennifer said...

So glad you were able to have that all fixed. And hooray for the break in school!

Old NFO said...

Get better soon!

Lynx217 said...

u are an inspiration. im going thru some stuff myself and in my medicated stupor i thought of you. i have never experienced anything like that and hopefully after im done, never again. but it needs to be done.

phlegmfatale said...

Thanks, Evyl, Jennifer and Old NFO!

Lynx217 - people go through tough stuff all the time, and I figured if Mom could nut up and have both her knees replaced, I needed to nut up or shut up! It's tough, but what one man can do another can do. It helps to educate yourself to have reasonable expectations. It's amazing what can be done these days. Good for you for having the backbone to take that step, and I hope your recovery is full and swift and that this is to a springboard for you to bigger and better things.