Today is 100 days (more than three months) post-op! I still don't feel like I am fully through recovery since my jaws continue to be sore every day and I am still not 100% comfortable with my new smile - my energy levels are still terrible - I can get through every day doing all of the things I used to do, but I am worn out by 9 pm EVERY night.
I CAN NOT believe the progression. At 30 days I thought I looked great for having a surgery only one month before, but to see the difference from 30-100 days in crazy! You can see in the Day 100 picture that I still have a little more swelling and a "knot" on my left side (your right). I don't really know what to do about it, but I'll ask at my next ortho appointment.
I am back to my normal eating habits and have eaten pizza, steak and even some crunchy vegetables over the holidays. I can open my mouth two finger widths, but not for an extended period of time. I still have some trouble chewing and every now and then I get weird jaw spasms while I am eating. My typical meals include lean protein, veggies, and some kind of carb (sweet potato, rice, etc.) Softer foods are still more comfortable to eat and despite my constant cravings for a grilled chicken salad - I can't eat salad well yet.
After all is said and done, my weight loss (then rapid gain) has plateaued. I am about 8-10 pounds less than my pre surgery weight and about 4 pounds more than the lowest weight I reached at about 5 weeks post-op when my jaw was still wired shut. I'm more concerned with the loss of muscle mass - I've been hitting the weights pretty hard to try to increase my muscle and strength/ look leaner.
The rubber bands are definitely doing their job. I have noticed the slight changes in alignment with my teeth. I don't feel like my teeth have a natural bite yet. Sometime my top teeth will hit the brackets on my bottom front teeth, other times they meet at the tops of the teeth and I also find myself pushing my bottom jaw forward giving myself an underbite. I feel so much more comfortable with the bands in compared to out.
**I have an orthodontist appointment on Jan. 21 and will update**
What of your favorite soft food?
What about your favorite food that you can't/ won't let yourself eat?
Any recovery questions - or questions about the process in general?