jaw wired shut
If you are reading this, you, or someone you know has broken their jaw and have gotten wired shut :(
My name is Melissa, and i broke my jaw 3 weeks ago today, Sunday, February 6, 2011. I was in Las Vegas visiting a friend and starting to look for jobs and places to live, since i was planning on moving there from California in the next few weeks. I was very excited to be there since i had an awesome job interview on Monday at a new nightclub. (yay)
I was returning to my friends house with my boyfriend. I got out of the car and was waiting for him to get out. I leaned against the car with my hand and it slipped out from underneath me and I face planted on the cement. It all went black. woke up in the hospital with a broken jaw.
I was scheduled to have surgery at the hospital that morning so I was in a bed (in the hallway) waiting for someone to come take me away! I was so thirsty and the nurse wouldn't let me have any since i was going into surgery. (this was at 6am i woke up) they were giving me ice chips to snack on(?) I can't have water but i can have cups of ice? i was confused by that!
Finally hours later sitting there dehydrated and in pain, at 4 o'clock, they told me the doctor couldn't do surgery on me for two weeks!! I sat there all day just to learn the doctor wasn't available. Not a fun day for me. When i was released I ran to the nearest tropical smoothie and had, what i thought as the best smoothie I have ever tasted in my entire life! :)
We left the next day back to California because I couldn't get any help in Vegas, having to be in the car around 4 or 5 hours with a broken jaw(not fun)
Finally got home and got to see a specialist the next day. He couldn't believe i had been just walking around with a broken jaw for 3 days. He was awesome. He got me into surgery right away and wired me up!!
Here i am now! Its been 2 weeks and 2 days (i am counting to the minute, ha)
I had so many questions about this surgery:
What am I going to eat?
What if I have to yawn?
What if I have to throw up!????
i tried looking online but I realized there isn't that much recent info! that is why I started this. I am going to try to give the next person some advice :)
Since its been two weeks(and 2 days ) I have figured out a lot so i feel it is a perfect time to start this blog and explain a little bit about the first two weeks and continue on from here :)
hope it helps!
I had a lot of questions and concerns before going into surgery. I was a little stressed about it, but its really not that bad!
What if i have to throw up?
This was one of my main concerns. I get a little nauseas from some drugs they put in the IV, so that's why i was worried. I read some older posts about this question saying that they give you wired cutters that you will use to cut the wires so you can vomit. THAT freaked me out.
My doctor told me that was crap. That is something they used to do. He said if you do have to vomit, it will find its way out. Yea, that means, through your nose, or any space in your teeth. I know it sounds gross, but if you think about it, you are on a liquid diet, so its no big deal! Just a little strange. Don't worry about it at all.
What If I have to yawn?
Thinking about how wide your mouth opens when you yawn, freaked me out. I thought if I yawned my teeth would be pulled out!
Your teeth will not be pulled out! when you have to yawn, your mouth will just know it can't open. It pulls your teeth a little but don't worry about it!
What if i sneeze?
If you sneeze it feels a little weird and you might want to carry around a tissue because you might have stuff coming out of your nose(yuck, i know)
Cover your mouth and watch out for your friends!! ;)
How do i keep my mouth clean?
This is a big issue for me. The fact that you can't brush your tongue is just horrible! The back of your teeth feel weird and your tongue, as well.
The good thing is you can brush the front, and use medicated mouthwash. My doc Prescribed me with Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%. I swish that around my mouth after everything i eat. You don't want any food particles to get stuck in your teeth and cause bacteria to grow and give you other problems.
Also, a good thing to really clean, since you can't floss, is a water pick. It is a little jet of water that cleans out in between the teeth. Its awesome
What can i eat?
This is probably the most asked question.
There are a lot of good options for us, but it does get a little old, and you just want to cut the wires off and eat a piece of pizza! (DON'T DO THAT! haha)
*Ensure. They are actually really yummy and have a lot of nutrients that you need in the day.
Those are all the easy things for you to have at the beginning. Believe me all of the above get pretty old after a week or two though so that's when you have to start getting creative.
One key thing to have is a good blender. Its hard to get things through your teeth that arent thin enough.
I have a magic bullet that i use which is okay for soups, but smoothies with ice don't get blended enough.
Most of the times i prepare all my food and put it in tupperware so its ready to go when im hungry! you can do this with recipes below
Some of my favorite foods to eat:
* Black bean soup: Black beans pureed with chicken stock. blend those two ingredients together until thin enough to get through a straw(i just use a spoon but some people need a straw) I heat it up on the stove or microwave. I add some sour cream to it for a little flavor, but its up to you.
*Peanut butter & jelly sandwich: creamy peanut butter(or almond butter), your favorite flavor jelly, and a piece of bread. just blend that all up with some milk to whatever consistency you can drink. sounds a little strange but pretty good, and takes me back to when i was younger ;)
*chicken broth: (something i eat all the time) you can make your own chicken broth(my fave) with chicken bones, celery, onions, carrots and water(about 6 cups). Just put all of the ingredients in a pot and simmer for a couple hours until your have a chicken broth. (you can make a bunch and save in fridge) or you can use your favorite canned chicken soup. I really like the swansons broth(it has a lot of flavor)
Chicken egg drop soup: I take the chicken broth(above) put it in a pot. let it get really hot. mix up an egg and put it slowly into the chicken broth and use a wisk to stir the egg around and make it into super thin pieces that can fit through your teeth. it gives you a little protein and it fills you up more. optional: add a couple slices of fresh ginger (remove slices when done)and a couple drops of sesame oil.(gives nice flavor)
Something different i tried today
Chocolate chip pancake smoothie: mix up a little bit of pancake mix with milk(enough to make a pancake, or however much you want.) put in pan and add chocolate chips, i like it a little gooey usually but you can make it however you like. put it in the blender with milk, add syrup(i recommend) and blend into a smoothie consistency. i prefer it warm so i put it in the mocrowave. This is a very sweet treat! i prob couldn't have one everyday, but if you are in the mood for pancakes, this will make you happy :)
There are so many great soups to eat. vegetarian option is a bit easier. i always have chcicken stock or milk to blend into my soups to thin. I haven't ventured into meat soups. maybe soon...
*vegetarian bean soups are easy to blend and still keep the great flavor(lentil,spit pea,blackbean) - blend soup with chicken stock to thin
*broccoli cheddar soup- blend with milk to thin
*baked potato soup- blend with milk to thin
If you want homemade soups you can get a bunch of great, easy recipes online. I love making homemade soups. tastes way better then canned, and its nice to mix it up
If you have any more questions about anything you can write me. i will continue to post new recipes i try out :)