A Jaw Surgery Blog

My journey through braces and life

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Because I can't figure out how to respond to questions if you don't give me an email address, please feel free to email me any questions you have about jaw surgery, braces, etc to rachellong1123 (at) gmail (dot) com.  I will answer any question to the best of my ability but I am in no way a professional, just because I have had braces 7 (!!!) times and I let someone cut into my face with tools I don't even want to know about and stitch me back up.  I am really good and suggesting what to eat drink after surgery and what to expect (see pictures from previous posts). 

I will do whatever I can because bloggers helped me calm down about all the craziness that is jaw surgery!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

What I'm thankful for...
Yummy Starbucks on a cold, dreary morning

Decorating one of these beauties soon

Family (my husband's side)

Dear friends (we miss you!)

My Family

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Can't a girl just catch a break?

I've had the braces off for 6 days....thats right, not even a week!  My left side is killing me and I think I have figured out why.  When I had the braces, my teeth met where they needed to even without rubber bands guding them.  Now that I have a plastic retainer, my teeth meet on that and its confusing them.  Can teeth be confused?  I have to conciously make sure my teeth are hitting where they need to and not resorting back to the old bite.  UGH!  I guess I will check back with the OD when I see him in a week about these pesky bottom braces.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


That's right people!  BRACE FREE (on the top anyway).  which, let's be honest is all that really matters right now.  I will tell you though that these ceramic brackets are TERRIBLE to get off.  They cracked and broke and seriously hurt! 

I was so nervous to get the bottom ones off, which is what I was originally told would happen today.  Now that the top one are gone, I am honestly scared to death of getting the bottom ones off because those top ones didn't feel good coming off and my bottom teeth are way more sensitive, especially since, you know, I just had that jaw broken, about 5 months ago!

I am very very happy with the results and as of right now, I say that is was totally worth it!  It would be even more worth it if I could feel my bottom lip and left side of my face, but oh well!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh Well!

Due to an unforseen funeral, I will look like this for one more week.  I am SO ready to be out of braces for good!!

 Other than that news I don't really have much to report.  I am still having some pain on the left side of my jaw (where the surgery joints are, both in my jawline and chin).  I am also having some pain in my left ear which I guess is due to the jaw joint on that side.  My bottom lip is still numb on the left side and my chin is mostly numb.  I wish I could feel my face!

I don't really care about my chin so much, but my lip....Come ON! 

Also, I'm ready to floss my teeth again in 10 minutes or less again.  It is such a hassle to floss that I have to give myself a pep talk to do it.

I guess that is it!  I can't wait to get these mt. dew stained ligs (oops) off my teeth...oh yeah, and the brackets too!

Keep up....there is some good news coming ahead on this silly little blog and some awesome pics of my new teeth!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hear Ye Hear Ye!

I am sure you were waiting on the edge of your seats for this annoucement.....I have less than a week before I am brace free, at least on the bottom.  6 days!!  So exciting!  This is one of the last times you will see these teeth in braces (I will take some last pictures in braces before they come off...and will never have them again).  I am beyond ready!

In other news, the picture above is from a few weekends ago when we went to Michigan to cheer on the Wolverines.  The game didn't have a great ending but clearly we were in good spirits at the end of the game.  It was burning up at the beginning of the game and freezing at the end.  Crazy northern weather.

I will let you know how my appointment goes next Tuesday with the OD.  I don't have another appointmetn to see the OS until all the braces come off.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Exercise, a love/hate relationship

Oh, who was I kidding, it's a hate/hate relationship.  Due to circumstances beyond my control (my darling husband purchasing P90X without my consent) I will be beginning a grueling workout routine, one that I am dreading.  This is nothing new.  I despise exercise.  Like, most days, I don't even walk fast for fear of incrasing my heart rate beyond resting speed.  I am not ready for this craziness.

I have worked out in the past.  Always because someone made me.  In college, it was my roommate, Brandi, who forced me to spend countless hours hip hopping with Hip Hop Abs.  I really did not like Shaun T.  It might have been because he made it look so easy, or because his friends smiled the whole time while I was gasping for breath and holding myself up with the side of the couch while they were kicking and shimmying like it was nothing. Or it might have been because I was sweating more than a grown man, a grown man, ya'll.  It might have been that. 

I am really really blessed to not be 6000 pounds due to my lack of exercise but the time has come.  The time for me to get myself together, be an adult, put a fake smile on my face and get the workout done.  I'm not ready, but I am doing it.

If I'm not supermodel hot by Christmas, I'm quitting!

Monday, October 4, 2010

So....I've been thinking

  • Will this pain in the left side of my chin ever go away?
  • Will I ever feel my bottom lip again?
  • Could we have a year without winter?
  • Wonder what would happen if I didn't attend my last 3 chat sessions for my grad classes?
  • You think I could find someone to grocery shop for me? For free?
  • Exactly how much would it cost us to move to L.A. or Miami or Dubai...anywhere warm?
  • It is Monday, why do Mondays hate me so much?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Transitioning... (not that kind of transitioning)

I admit it. I am a blurker....and it is addicting! Seriously, you find people you know and they have a blog. You click that blog and read all about their life. Then, you see that other people are reading their blog too, and they have a blog. You click to read their blog and thus begin the vicious cycle. I rarely, if ever, comment on blogs, but I read. So, in fairness to all those people that I know basically everything about their lives, I will now be tranition into a real, every day blog. I am also transitioning this blog because my crazy, 7 times in braces, cut my face apart in 4 places, healing is almost complete. I have about a month left in braces and then my adult life will continue, without looking 14.

I am excited about this change. 1. Because my blog was boring and let's face it, seriously mundane and ugly. 2. Because I want to keep blogging after my braces and jaw surgery madness is over and 3. Because I hope someone out there cares enough to read about my life. Hopefully, during this change I can figure out all this blogger madness enough to actually make it work for me.

Be patient with me and don't judge my ugly, boring blog.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?

If you needed a laugh today!! And also, I thought it would be fun to see a side by side comparison of the size of my face. The photo on the left is day 5 (notice the green brusing). The photo on the right is today, Day 78 (?!crazy). I didn't realize it until I tried to take a picture of myself not smiling, but I still look like a stroke victim because the left side of my face (well, my chin and lower lip) is still completely numb. From now on I won't smile without showing my teeth, although it probably isn't much better. haha.

My adorable little sister got her braces off today!! Here we are before my surgery. I tried to find a picture of her smiling with her braces showing, but she doesn't normally.

I was so so so happy for her. She has had her braces for over 2 years and is so cute! Here she is today!!

Isn't she beautiful?! I hope my teeth look that great when I get my braces off. (Good thing we have the same OD) That is really all I wanted to share.