Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Recovering from Surgery

Yesterday at this time I was enduring surgery in my mouth while fully conscious, and it was not fun. I guess that goes without saying! Four implants were drilled and screwed into my gums, right up in the front of my mouth, two on the top and two on the bottom. The surgery was originally going to take place at the beginning of January, but when I found out I was pregnant it had to be postponed until the first trimester was over.

I wasn't able to have the anesthesia to put me out like we'd originally planned on since it's not safe for the fetus. Instead, I had several shots of Novocaine and was fully conscious and aware of everything as it was happening. I would have much preferred being knocked out if it were only me I had to worry about. The surgery was kind of scary and painful at times. But I'm relieved that it's done and that I'm on the path to getting the permanent teeth and hopefully beautiful smile that I've wanted for so long! (Some of my teeth never came in, so I've had a bridge for about ten years. Before that, I had a retainer with the missing teeth attached to it. Kinda weird, but it worked!)

The recovery is going well, too. My mouth is a little sore and uncomfortable, but it doesn't hurt nearly as much as I feared it would. I don't even have to take the Vicodin that was prescribed; Extra Strength Tylenol seems to be doing the trick (plus anti-swelling medicine, plus penicillin). And for the next few weeks I get to eat a soft diet of smoothies, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and things that are cut up very small, making sure not to let it touch the front area of my mouth. That's going to be fun!

Anyhow, I just wanted to fill you in on what's going on. When the work is all done in a couple of months, I'll post pictures!

14 comments:

Ann Marie said...

I'm glad the surgery went well.
I'm sure you were extra blessed because you sacrificed to have the baby protected.. Way to be.

I hope you get lots of pampering and rest.. :)

Laura said...

Oh you are a toughskin. I would not have been so tough. I don't know if I could have endured fully awake and aware. You are such a great Mom already, doing everything to take care of that sweet baby. Hopefully you will be placed on a Ben and Jerry's diet for a while while your mouth recovers.

Donna said...

It's funny you say that Laura because ice cream has been my #1 craving for the past two weeks! Now I get to eat even more of it!

Me said...

Oh my goodness! That just sounds so incredibly painful! I am glad to hear that all went well. I wish you a QUICK recovery. I would send you a smoothie..but I'm afraid it would be melted by the time it gets there! Drink an extra one from me! {hugs}

Jessie Adams said...

Oh man that experience is something I hope NEVER happens to me. I don't know if I would have had that kind of courage. You are amazing! I hope recovery runs smooth. Now I want a smoothie...:)

Kristina P. said...

That sounds so painful! I'm glad it went as well as it could!

dougandcheryl said...

I am impressed that you got through that! I hope you have a good recovery.
I wish I could bring you some ice cream.

Sarah Laurence said...

How awful but good to keep the baby safe! I wish you a speedy recovery and a happy smile.

rachel said...

Oh Donna! What an ordeal. I'm glad it's over and I hope you feel better soon. I hope you are feeling good otherwise :) Good luck on the soft, squishy diet. It will all be worth it in the end!

Wendyburd1 said...

I'm glad it went well, feel better!!

Yaya said...

Oh ouch! You're making my teeth hurt!!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

So glad it's over...for now! I'm also happy to hear that you're recovering so quickly. Let's go out for a milkshake to celebrate! :)

Karolynn said...

OUCH! I hope you get feeling back to normal soon! You are so brave! (((HUGS))

Kerri said...

Ugg! I had my wisdom teeth out with my last pregnancy and it was horrible! I'm glad your work went well!