Jaw Surgery Update – Surgery Day and Day 1 Recovery

Surgery Day – Thursday 17th August 2017

Update 1 – So I arrived at the hospital at 7.30am for an 8.00am admission. Did some paper work stuff and sat down. About 8.30am I met with the anesthetist who went through some routine questions and told me a bit about the surgery. Then back to the waiting room. Got called in the see the nurse where she took my blood pressure and asked me some questions that were missed on admission. At this point I taped my piercings up and she gave me some panadol and water. Omg it was the best. I’m still extremely thirsty at this stage. Now I’m just waiting. I have been given my gown, dressing gown, slippers and compression socks to change into so that’s what I’m waiting for. Hopefully will go in in about an hour. Will update soon.

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Pre-surgery selfie

Update 2 – Got called in approximately 11.15am to change and go into the pre-op room. Prior to this I went to the bathroom 3 or 4 times convinced I needed to go but nothing. Whilst I don’t feel nervous or anything – just really thirsty, my body is obviously telling me otherwise. The nurse and anesthetist assistant came by for more questions and I had to explain what a VCH piercing was because I told them I still had a metal piercing in. Neither had ever heard of one so I’m assuming people may just not mention it (don’t do that!). They left and I’ve been applying lip gloss religiously and in total I waited almost an hour. Lucky I had my book with me. I’ve been reading The Martian. I quite enjoyed the movie so figured I’d read it. Ooh looks like I’m off. Wish me luck!

Day 1 Recovery – Friday 18th August

Update 3 – Its now Friday approximately 5.07am. I’ve gone to the bathroom unassisted (whoo). Well the nurse walked me there as she carried my blood and saliva tubes and waited outside for me but I was able to go on my own so that makes me happy. I don’t feel too bad. Fairly clear headed which is super cool. Anyway back to yesterday after surgery, surgery went well but I was in post-op for quite some time. My blood pressure was really low – I think I heard 80/50 but I could have imagined that in my state. I was wheeled up to my room at around 4.00pm where my mum and fiance came to see me. I couldn’t speak but I used my fiances phone to communicate as mine wasn’t in the room. They could tell I was tired so left around 5.00pm. Since then all I did was sleep. I feel tired still as I’ve never been able to sleep on my back so I woke up every 20 minutes during the night which was really frustrating. But I’m now drinking water which makes me so happy and so far its not making me feel sick. I can feel my nostrils have a bit of dried blood but I’m going to ignore it for now and hopefully my blood and saliva tubes will be removed in about an hour. I think the surgeon said he’ll come by around 7.00am so will be interesting to see if I can speak once the tubes are out. Anyway I’m going to lie back and rest some more. Will update after I see the surgeon. I hope I can go home today.

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About 2 hours out of surgery

Update 4 – Well I can go home today. Surgeon gave me the go-ahead. I can try and eat whatever I like and practice speaking but I can’t take the strapping off until Sunday which is a bit annoying but its to help the swelling go down so worth it! Overall I feel pretty good. I had the tubes taken out and my gosh that was one of the weirdest sensations I’ve ever had. It only took a second and got me to that stage you feel just before you get nausea but only for a couple of seconds. My nose is feeling a bit stuffy and my ears feel like they are popping a bit but its from the pressure on my jaw. I’m having a little issue swallowing but no more than when you’re sick and have a sore throat. Now I’m waiting because I have more medication to take before I can go. I think the last dose is at noon but again I could be making that up.

About 7.00am on Day 1 recovery

Update 5 – Last medication is at 12.00noon. Its currently 10.45am and I’ve managed to take the pill and eat a tub of yogurt. Yay! Took me an hour for a 170g tub of Chobani but still. Made some mess but as I can feel my top lip it makes eating a bit easier. Fiance is coming to get me around 12.30pm so I can go home. I’m going to have a nap before my next lots of meds.

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My sexy compression stockings

Update 6 – I’m home. Its 6.30pm and I got home around 1.45pm. I’ve eaten some soup that mama made me, had a shower, put my piercings back in and had a nap. My face feels huge and my teeth hurt. I’m getting this weird itchy sensation on my lower jaw but I can’t scratch it because its numb. So strange. I’m drinking up some soluble paracetamol now and having another cup of soup. My mama gave me some more yogurt with jelly mixed in and that was nice. I’m not hungry but I feel very low in energy so forced myself to eat. I’ve had two cups of soup – blended pumpkin, broccoli and carrot and two cups of yogurt today.  I’m much more head-achy now.  I haven’t overlapped the pain meds but I don’t feel too bad. My jaw feels a lot tighter and there’s definitely more swelling but I’ve been talking a fair bit and trying to move my jaw around so it’s probably just being exerted more than it wants to be right now. One of the things that is annoying is that my tongue doesn’t quite seem to know where to sit. It’s old spot doesn’t work anymore because my jaw has moved so now there are teeth in the way but I’m sure it’ll figure it out sooner or later.

Anyway, I’m watching Veronica Mars from the start again and I’ll probably fall asleep shortly. Will update tomorrow.

Being In The Moment

I wrote a post about 4 months ago about a digital detox but I wanted to do another one. Not necessarily a follow up post but just another post because I think it’s important to reiterate how easy it is to spend mindless hours on your phone.

I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to my phone. I can usually go hours without checking it and in fact, many family and friends often express their frustration that they will call or text with something urgent and it’ll take me hours to respond – if I respond at all.

But usually this happens when I’m occupied elsewhere. If I’m reading, or watching tv, working on my blog, studying, spending time with my fiance, dog, friends etc. Like right now, I’m writing this whilst watching Gossip Girl on my day off. I actually don’t know where I’ve left my phone. But when I’m at work or ‘bored’ I’m on my phone. A lot.

‘But not that much.’ I always reasoned to myself and to be honest, in comparison to a lot of other people, I’m probably nowhere near as addicted to my phone but the point is I struggle to not pick it up when I’m at work and mindlessly scroll through Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest. And I’m starting to realise the strain it’s actually putting on my body. My neck and shoulder muscles are tight and I have to think about straightening up and lifting my head instead of hunching over.

When I wrote the initial post I had been scheduling regular ‘no phone time’ at work. Usually a half hour to an hour of not looking at or touching my phone unless it rang and then depending who it was I’d either answer it or ignore it.

So how did I feel whilst no phone time was in session? Anxious is probably the best way to describe it. I kept looking at my phone wanting to start checking apps even thought I knew nothing new has happened.

Its interesting that I felt and still feel this way because I’m not the type of person who needs to know things first. I’m not the type who has to post or comment on something straight away so I really don’t understand why I feel this way. It’s obviously a case of FOMO but I can’t quite pinpoint why I need to be in the know.

This feeling has prompted me to do more about my addiction to my phone. Ironically I downloaded two apps so I can check myself. One app is to track my usage, aptly titled App Usage – it tracks every move I make on my phone as well as how long I spend on each app and will provide a summary at the end of the day of how long overall I have spent and how often I’ve checked my phone.

The second is called Digital Detox where you can start challenges of not using your phone for x amount of time. You earn points throughout the challenges. You can also give yourself 2 x 5 minute breaks if you really need to use your phone for whatever reason. The only time I’ve used it is when I was transferring myself money and forgot that the bank sends the code to my phone.

I always feel a bit jumpy when my phone is on detox. It’s amazing how hard it can be when you know you can’t use it and how you feel like you are missing out on so much.  It’s also amazing how many things you think of that you ‘need to do’ but can’t because your phone is locked.

I’m hoping this app will instill in me to not check my phone all the time. To be honest I don’t need to be on my phone 24/7 – my job doesn’t require it, and there’s never been anything that has been so important that it couldn’t wait an hour. It’s also encouraged me to use a physical diary instead of putting all appointments in my phone. I seem to remember things more when I’ve written them down.

There are a couple more things that I’ve been doing. I’ve been turning my data off and only turning it on when I need it. I’ve also disabled all my notification for my apps so I won’t be teased with a little symbol telling me that someone has done something that I may or may not be interested in.

So far I’m doing ok with it. Some days are easier than others. My record one day at work was checking my phone only 56 times compared to some of my worst where I check it up to 200 times a day. I know, even 56 times seems like a lot but it made me realise how often I check my phone for something like the time, don’t even register what time it is and then have to check it again. Never mind that I wear a watch and when I’m at work I’m on a computer and also sit next to the office clock.

So I’m going to keep going. I attempt 3 hours of detox during work time and 2 hours when I’m home. It’s hard but it forces me to find other things to do. I’ve rediscovered how much reading I can get done, how much house work I can do, that I can spend that extra time with my dog and fiance. It’s basically made me rediscover all the things in my life that I love doing instead of mindlessly scrolling through stuff that I don’t even really care about.

 

 

How I Get To 10,000 Steps A Day With A Desk Job

I bought a Fitbit a while back because I wanted to become more aware of my habits and movements. This was also sparked by a trip to the doctor where we discussed ways to lose weight that worked in conjunction with the other health issues I have. We decided that low impact exercises were going to work best for me hence the Fitbit for walking.

I work a desk job, from anywhere between 7.10 am until anytime between 4 – 5 pm. Its a long day with not a lot of movement unless I actively make the effort to move. I knew I would find it really difficult to make the 10,000 steps days so I gave myself a lesser challenge of reaching 7,000 steps on a workday and 12,000 on a non-work day.

This is how I do it on a work day.

  • I put my Fitbit on as soon as I get out of the shower. I lose a few steps before that but I can’t imagine it would amount to more than 50 steps.
  • Morning exercise – I usually rack up about 500 steps. Most of it is from jumping jacks and the like but I’ll go with it.
  • Morning walk. A lap around the block racks up 2000 steps, a lap around the wetlands racks up 1000. Some mornings I do the block and 2 laps of the wetlands, some I do none. Just depends on time. And whether it is very cold or just a little cold.
  • During work there isn’t much option. Sometimes I walk up the street to get lunch or the chemist so that trip is around 1000 steps.
  • Head out for lunch. I sometimes do my grocery shopping during lunch time. That can get me 1500 steps.
  • Depending on the weather and how tired I am, I may go for another walk which gives me another 2000 steps. By this stage I’m at around 8000 steps if I’ve done all the above. But if I haven’t I can be as low as 3000 by home time.
  • Once home I can usually rack up another 2000 steps with general housework.

So that’s how I do it. It takes effort and planning and a lot of motivation especially now that it’s getting so cold and brisk but it’s worth it.

My Favourite Workouts

I’ve been super slack with exercising lately. I seem to lose momentum for one day and then it’s like I shouldn’t bother for the rest of the week because what’s the point? I know it’s a shit attitude to have but most of the time I get back into it within a couple of days.

This last time it took about a week to get back into it and it’s incredible how much my body is hating me for it. My neck and shoulders are sore at work, my legs feel stiff and I’m really cold all the time. I don’t know if the cold thing is a direct cause but it feels like it is.

I don’t like gyms and although I do enjoy classes I find a lot of them are just so expensive for what they are. Plus the internet has so many great options for exercise.

So here’s what I’m using at the moment.

7 Minute App – an all body workout that takes approximately, you guessed it, 7 minutes. It actually takes about 9 because it’s a HIIT workout with 30 seconds of exercise and 10 seconds of rest. There’s also the options for an ab workout, a leg workout, a butt workout and a 30 day challenge with 6 different options. It’s a free app which is even better. I generally mix this up with a few of the below workouts.

Tara Stiles – Tara is my favourite yoga instructor on Youtube. She created a type of yoga called Strala which is very much a flow state of yoga. I really enjoy it because it’s constant movement and there’s not much of the meditative aspect. Considering I already meditate I don’t need more of it when I don’t have much time.

Here are a few of her videos that I really enjoy.

Morning Yoga for Flexibility

Weight Loss and Balance Workout

Body and Mind Flexibility Routine

The Fitness Marshall – This is a new workout that I’ve found that I love, love, love, love, love!. I love dancing and had been looking online for some time trying to find choreographed routines that weren’t boring. Most of them were, or the videos too slow for me or far too repetitive for my liking.  These are brilliant. They’re fun, the backup dancers are great and the commentary is hilarious!

Here are a few that I really love.

Buttons  by The Pussycat Dolls – The Fitness Marshall

Anaconda by Nicki Minaj – The Fitness Marshall

Work by Rihanna – The Fitness Marshall (this one is my absolute favourite – purely for the commentary!)

Lose Control by Missy Elliot – The Fitness Marshall

What I really love about all these options is that you really can mix and match them. Many of them are less than 10 minutes so you can do 4 or 5 different options and have worked out for 30+ minutes which means you’re never bored and can really do exactly what you feel like.  Not only that but they’re free and accessible and you really don’t need a lot of room in order to do them.

What are some of your favourite at home workouts?

 

My Top 3 Beauty Products under $15

I used to be a make up everyday kind of girl but after some time I realised that I just could not find any make up that worked with my skin. No matter what foundation or BB cream I used, I was always oily within a few hours. It didn’t matter that I primed and powdered. It just didn’t work. So I stopped wearing a full face of make up. And that’s when I realised that my skin was actually getting better.

But I still indulged in beauty products. I bought lip sticks in all shades because I could never quite find the perfect shade of nude or red. I bought them despite having braces and anyone with braces would know it’s quite high maintenance keeping lipstick off your brackets. I wore mascara every single day and eyeliner too. Some times I’d have eye shadow on too, other times not so much. But eventually I stopped all this too because I don’t actually like the feeling of make up. My skin has gotten used to not having any on.

So my everyday beauty routine is really quite basic. Cleanse, moisturise and out the door. It’s really very simple. I have 3 products that I use that I absolutely love which you can find below.

  1. Cetaphil Gentle CleanserCetaphil Gentle Skin CleanserI love this cleanser because it is the only one that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many, many different types) where I don’t immediately have to moisturise straight away. It is also gentle enough for when I don’t have anything on but strong enough to remove everything when I’m wearing make up. A lot of people find it doesn’t remove everything but I cleanse twice regardless and this gets rid of 99% of make up traces for me. My only issue with this product is that it is not natural and not cruelty free. Unfortunately I’m yet to find a product that works just as well for longer than a few months and isn’t $75+.
    $14.49 at Chemist Warehouse for a 500 ml bottle.
  2. Morihata Binchotan Facial ScrubMorihata Binchotan Facial ScrubI bought this a few months ago because I wanted an exfoliator that wasn’t a product. I was previously using a muselin cloth but it just wasn’t doing the trick and seemed to attract dog fur like there was no tomorrow. This has two sides depending on whether you want a gentle massage or a deeper one. I use this twice a week on the gentle side and once a week on the slightly rougher side. It also has natural bacterial fighting qualities so it keeps itself hygienic.
    $11.95 at Nourished Life for one towel.
  3. Jojoba OilJojoba OilSo, I’ve had bad skin for a really long time. It’s not so awful that it’s debilitating but it is enough to make you hate the way you look. No matter what I used my skin always felt tight and oily which I’m told is a very unique combination so finding a moisturiser that worked for me was always really difficult. I settled on a couple and even really like one by Aveeno which they promptly discontinued and I was back at square one. I’d researched natural remedies years ago and came across the oil cleansing method which I tried and liked but was a lot of work. As I wanted something that wasn’t so time consuming I jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon and let me tell you, it worked wonders. For about 3 months. And then my skin went haywire. Coconut oil is just not meant for my skin and in fact it made it worse than it used to be. I did some more research and came across jojoba oil. I was a bit hesitant after my experience with the coconut oil but I tried it and loved it. I’ve been using jojoba oil for about 4 years now with a 6 months break whilst on Roaccutane last year on the advice of the dermatologist but I’m back on it because to be honest, it is the only product that has even come close to perfection for me. Its gentle, non-irritating and seems to balance every skin type imaginable. What I love most is that it is completely natural. And I only use 3 drops of oil per application.
    $11.65 at iHerb for 118 ml bottle.

So there you have it. Each product is under $15 and even if you purchase all 3 it still comes to just under $40.

 

 

Best Time To…

So many articles to read and so little time.

It’s funny that there are so many that focus on the best time to do x. Best time to exercise. Best time to eat breakfast. Best time for sleep. Best time for sex. Best time to shower. But is there really a best time that fits everyone?

I think we all know the answer is no.

Whilst these articles are great, it’s really a matter of finding what works for you. Best time to exercise? Best time to eat breakfast? Most articles would say that early morning is best time to exercise and to eat within 30 minutes of finishing. Well I can do the early morning exercise but I prefer after work. And I can’t eat breakfast that early because my body does not react well to it. This is what works for me despite the advice that I read.iration whilst staying true to my body and what it wants and needs. I now get up at 5.30 am and do a light 20 minute workout and go for a walk before work. But if I’m actually really tired (and not just lazy) or not feeling well I won’t do it. I eat breakfast anytime between 9.30 and noon. If by chance I’m hungrier earlier then I’ll eat earlier. I sleep when I feel the need (except at work unfortunately), same with sex, showering and everything else.

This is what works for me despite the advice that I read. It’s all about finding a balance and finding what is best for your body.

Don’t Involve Me In Your Body Issues

I know we all have body issues. I know we all go through days hating ourselves. I know for some people it feels like that feeling will never go away. I know that and I understand it because I’ve been there.

But I have to say – please, please, please don’t include me in your body esteem issues.

I know your intention is to be complimentary but knowing that you compare yourself to me and everyone else around you doesn’t make me feel good. It makes me feel like shit. It makes me feel helpless to help you deal with your issues. It makes me want to hide my body around you to protect your feelings and that’s not fair on me. I know I sound selfish and uncaring but to be honest, I don’t really care. It makes me anxious and it makes me question my own body when I’ve worked so damn hard to accept myself and want to improve myself for me. Unsurprisingly my own acceptance and state of mind is more important to me then letting you dump on me in a way that ends up affecting me.

I just want to be clear – I don’t mind if you want to talk about your issues. I really don’t. In fact, I love that you trust me enough to discuss these awful feelings. All I ask is that you don’t tell me how I lucky I am to be skinny or compare the size of our butts, tummy, shoulders to each other or that I wouldn’t understand. Because I do understand. All I ask is that you talk in your own terms, about yourself because really, that’s the key to moving forward.