Thursday, September 6, 2012

0 Day 13. Getting restless, and learning to smile

I am getting tired of sitting around in my apartment. So I decided to try standing all day today as I worked. The inspiration came from a coworker, who has his monitors, keyboard and mouse elevated on cardboard boxes in his office so he could stand at his desk instead of sit and atrophy the entire day. I decided to do the same, since all this sitting action is taking a sore toll on my behind.

I had absolutely no difficulty finding boxes to mount my laptop:

day 13 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery ensure computer stand

I found that I actually focus better standing up. I may consider adopting this permanently.

If you still have no idea what Ensure is, it's a well-balanced nutrition shake with 24 different vitamins and minerals at about 25% - 30% Daily Value per bottle. It's a liquid dieter's best friend. Having 4 a day is about just right. This might clarify what I'm saying:

day 13 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery ensure nutrition facts

I spent some time trying to regain control of my lips and face so I can try smiling. So far the facial muscles are still pretty stiff. I managed a decent grin after a few attempts.

day 13 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery grin

I tried on two occasions to actually smile showing my teeth, which took a surprising amount of concentration. That was somewhat of a tragedy.

day 13 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery trying to smile 1
day 13 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery trying to smile 2

The surgeon confirmed that I will be starting jaw exercises at about the 6 week mark. For now, I was told to not remove my bands unless I really need to (oops , I removed them 3 times  yesterday). I guess this means I'll only be brushing my teeth just once a day for a couple more weeks instead of after every meal.


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