|Day 92...smiling again|
This is not to say that the nerves are fully recovered, because they are not. But they are significantly better than they were a month ago. I have feeling back in my entire chin, although it still feels weird. I still get electric-like shock waves when I run my finger over my chin. The right side is "thawing out" faster than the left, but I have hope it will all come back now. I can put lipstick on without cringing. This is huge.
I am eating most everything that I ate prior to the surgery now. Not eating nuts or hard crackers or popcorn, but I wasn't really eating those anyway since the braces went on. I can eat orange slices without even thinking about it and I can even eat a Lara bar now. The other day I bit into a banana the normal way, instead of cutting it into small pieces or mashing it.
|Day 92...no smile...wearing computer glasses.|
I am talking almost normally. I can even talk in Russian again. My conversation tutor was so shocked when she called me the other day and I could talk to her! Still some Russian words that I have trouble pronouncing, but hopeful it will come back when the braces are off.
I am starting to exercise again. My hip (from the bone graft) is totally healed, but now I notice the knee pain more from my cartilage removal surgery last year. Still can't put on the armor and spar in my Naginata practice (have to wait until I am a year out from surgery), but I can do the non-sparring things until my knee hurts too much.
Most importantly, my smile is back. It is a little different now, doesn't go up at the corners as much, but hey, it's a smile. And I'm doing a whole lot more smiling lately. If you are still in the liquid diet, drinking out a syringe or sippy-cup stage, take heart. It does eventually end.