Monday, March 24, 2014

My mouth hurts

My second gum graft was on Wednesday, March 19.

Day 1 - On the day of the procedure, the only discomfort was getting the anesthesia. For the rest of the appointment and day I was either numb or on 800 mg. ibuprofen. Ice cream for dinner.

Day 2 - Stayed on the 800 mg. ibuprofen and felt fine. Soft foods only.

Day 3 - Stayed on the 800 mg. ibuprofen and felt fine. Soft foods only.

Day 4 - Didn't need so much of the 800 mg. ibuprofen, so I felt hopeful that the worst was over. Regular foods but nothing crunchy, hard or very chewy (lots of scrambled eggs, peanut buttter, cheese).

Day 5 - Stitches started to come out. They're supposed to do that after a few days, but it's not pleasant. Now the part of the roof of my mouth where the gum was taken from is exposed to my tongue and all food and beverages. Back on the ibuprofen!

Day 6 (today) - Stitches are pretty much out (as they're supposed to be at this point). Ow, ow, ow. I forgot this part. Ibuprofen doesn't do a whole lot because it's just raw, exposed, skin. I'm drinking homemade beef bone broth to give my body extra collagen and tissue-building support (tepid broth, not hot). Ow.

Day 7 - That'll be tomorrow. If I recall correctly from the first graft which was last month, day seven still hurts, but after that things get much better. Just gotta relax and do EFT tapping on it. I'll also focus on: my mouth healed amazingly fast and I feel fine. Feeling true gratitude about how well this all "went" will get me through it faster. Tapping and gratitude-based visualization helped last time, too.

Come on, now. Just a couple more days...

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