Friday, August 31, 2012

0 Day 7. 7-Day Checkup, and Shaving a Numb Face

I had my 7 day checkup with the surgeon today. Thank you Paul for driving. One of the first questions Dr. Hoghooghi asked was if I had been charting my weight day to day.

It completely slipped my mind.

Otherwise, my stitches are healing very well, and the swells are improving.Unfortunately I'm to remain on  a full liquid diet for another 2 weeks. He would rather not take any risks on my plates moving or snapping. I can't tell whether this is punishment for me not charting my day to day weight.

Either way, I went straight to CVS afterwards and bought a bathroom scale, as well as grocery shop with kids pointing and exclaiming "look, Mom, he's got the mumps!"

I weighed myself in the bathroom once I got home. And the magical number was....

.... 120.0 lbs.

I weighed in at 129 lbs on the morning of the surgery. Assuming that the scales are comparable in accuracy and calibration, and igorning the fact that I was weighed in at 6am surgery day as opposed to 10am today, this means I lost 9 lbs in a week.

I have made a spreadsheet to keep track of my weight every morning. The flashing 120.0 is definitely a concern; I am 5'6", a mid-long distance runner, cyclist, and my weight's been 125 - 128 for as long as I can remember. According to ever changing BMI charts, I am borderline underweight and cannot afford to lose anymore. I had 2 Ensures.

Later that afternoon, I shaved my face for the first time. As illustrated in my previous post, there are many numb portions on my face. This makes shaving a difficult task as I cannot feel the pressure, and angle of the blade. Every stroke felt like I could easily slice off a part of my face.

Surprisingly, I made it through the ordeal without a single cut, but it took nearly 20 minutes. I imagine this is something I'll be getting better at.


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