My surgery was on October 16th, 2012. It has been 2 years and 7 months. I don't think about the drama of surgery often (it's been replaced by child birth!), though I still can't help but admire my bite every time I am in front of a mirror. To those who are going through this, I know you can relate! Having had an ugly bite for most of your life sticks with you!
The status of my face:
- Still wearing my retainers every night. Though my bite is not perfect, it still thrills me every time I smile.
- My left jaw/TMJ joint is a little clicky. Nothing painful, but it happens every-so-often for me to notice.
- My range of motion is fantastic. I don't notice anything out of the ordinary.
- Numbness... check:( Description from my last blog post still holds true: The gums of my upper front 6 teeth are still numb, as is part of my upper lip - where the lip meets my gums. It really doesn't bother me. I only notice when I brush my teeth or when I'm writing blog posts;)
Oil Pulling & Frankincense
To this last point I am going to attempt something for the next 30 days to see if it works. Oil Pulling! Here's a good blog about it. I'm going to use coconut oil & Frankincense essential oil (from DoTerra). I started getting into essential oils recently (some are amazing, some don't help), but Frankincense is known as liquid gold and is one of the most healing oils around (learn more here). This may hippy dippy California mumbo jumbo, but I'm going to try it! I will check back in to let you know my progress.
Oh, here's an update on my little family:
Charlie just turned 1! He is such a sweet boy. His feet are doing great, he only has to wear his leg braces at night. He's walking, babbling and loves his brother and doggies.