Tuesday, January 19, 2010

One Year And Still Making Progress...

Wow...it doesn't seem possible that it's already been a year since my lower jaw was advanced and my chin reduced.  Where has the time gone????  I have to tell you after getting my braces off in July I was quite happy with having gone through all the poking, proding, snapped rubber bands, pain etc...it was well worth the journey.

I still have some numbness in my lower lip and chin area which seems to be dissipating ever so slowly.  That has been the hardest part of my recovery is the numbness to my lower lip and chin.  My oral surgeon referred me to Dr. Day in Phoenix for a consult to see what his thoughts were on the numbness.  He felt that I had probably 80% of the feeling back and that I would NOT be a candidate for micro nerve surgery.  He felt that it could be a good two years before I get most of the feeling back due to the chin reduction and advancement.  So...I am thankful for the little numbness I still do have...although at times it feels like it's NEVER going away. 

My biggest concern with the numbness of the lower lip was...how will it feel to kiss someone with a numb lower lip???  Well...I have recently found out and it's a bit strange as I don't have all the feeling there...but my lips are still kissable and I'm able to kiss just like before...well I think anyways...LOL!!! The recipient of my kisses thinks I kiss wonderfully so there you have it... :)

So...all in all I am very happy with having gone through with my surgery at such a late age in life.  I turned 49 this year and it's the first time in my entire life I can actually close my lips naturally without forcing them closed around my teeth...it's a beautiful thing I must say!  Thank you to everyone who's followed my journey over these past months and for all the encouragement and support you provided me through it all.

God Bless!!