Sunday, September 14, 2008
Day 5 post-op
Here are my day 5 pictures, the swelling is gradually going down and the bruising is almost gone (I have been using arnica gel on my face, so I really think that has helped):
I got very congested again today, everything felt really tight in my face. I wanted to hold off on taking the Afrin because it can cause a rebound effect if you take it more than 4 days in a row., so I took liquid sudafed and that seemed to really do the trick. The sudacare tablets also seem to help in the shower, and the rice socks to apply heat to my face. I have a humidifier in my room to keep things moist. I also went 9 hours today without my oxycodone, I am thinking maybe tomorrow I will try to only take the oxycodone at night, and liquid tylenol during the day, so I can start weening myself off the heavy pain meds. I do still have the fentanyl patch for pain. I took a walk today, I had to cut through some neighbors lawns to get out to the main road, since I didn't want to walk past the neighbors house with the dogs.
So, overall, recovery is still going pretty well, all things considered. The one thing that amazes me is how my lip incompetence has been eliminated when my lips are at rest. My lips are pretty swollen right now, but it is such a cool feeling not to have them open 7 mm.