Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Healing from the mouth surgery took a lot more out of me then I thought it would. I honestly thought I would be sore for a couple of days... maybe a week... and then right back to my normal level of activity. WRONG. I couldn't believe how completely fatigued I was as well as enduring a tremendous amount of pain. And the deficit in my mouth was SO much larger then I thought it would be. And deep. Some of my skull was exposed. From inside of my mouth. It still is. Yeah.... And my speech was quite effected so THAT was cute. Especially when I'm presenting speeches in class. Now I'm old AND I sound totally weird.
I'm happy to say that I am now feeling MUCH better. The granulation tissue is filling in nicely. There has been some talk about doing a skin graft but I'm going to hold out and hope my body heals the wound. I'm cancer free, which is a total blessing. And I am FINALLY back to exercising. I had to take an entire month off from working out because I could not increase my heart rate too much. If I did, I would feel my heart BEATING INSIDE THE HOLE IN THE ROOF OF MY MOUTH. I don't know how I did it but I only gained 2 pounds in the last month however, my body is much softer then it was before surgery. I have work to do!!
I'd LOVE to share a photo with you of the opening inside my mouth because it's gnarly... but I'll spare you. Unless you beg. I do love whipping it out at parties and formal dinners. Or while in class. Sharing my huge mouth sore in class makes me the "old-crazy-lady-in-class-who-talks-weird-and-is-disgusting." (What more could I want from a room full of 19 year olds?)