Saturday, June 27, 2009

busy times

Half marathon was this morning - CHECK! While I had a giant migraine during a good share of it and therefore ran slower than I wanted to (boo), I still completed it and feel really good about that.

Nick and I went shopping in a major way - we got a new recliner that is possibly the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in - it's a la-z-boy and they really are superior chairs. We visited their store first, left because of the high prices and spent the day sitting in chairs (I felt like goldilocks... too soft... too hard... too tall... too short... not enough support... too much support) that were uncomfortable, only to return to the la-z-boy store and purchase one.

Other stuff on the shopping list?
  • Baby toothbrush
  • Hand-held mirror
  • Humidifier
  • Button up PJs for the hospital
  • Liquid (infant) tylenol and ibuprofen
  • Sippy cup
  • Baby spoon
  • Aquaphor
  • Dry erase board
  • Baby bulb syringe
  • Afrin
  • Puke pail
  • Neck pillow
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Food strainer
Plus, I got a liquid, high-quality multivitamin, plus arnica montana, bromelain, and traumeel. I'm a little wary about using these directly after surgery because my stomach doesn't always react well to vitamins and supplements and since I bought them fairly last minute it was already beyond the 2-week no-vitamin-or-aspirin cutoff time.

I didn't buy a lot of food - some organic chicken broth, muscle milk, gatorade, and tea. I found a pretty great protein drink (as protein drinks go). It's called Isopure. It's got 40 grams of protein per 20 oz, and it's got no sugar (which I'm trying to avoid, as sugar can cause inflammation). I figure that as I decide I want something or something sounds good, my mom or Nick can go out for me - I didn't want to buy a lot of food and then not eat it. I might buy some cranberry juice or other juices.

Surgical hooks are on and annoying (got them on last Tuesday). Had my appointment with Dr. Lee (surgeon) and found out that she might not do the segmental Lefort - she may just do a 1-piece. I have the possibility for a bone graft out of my hip depending on how bones look when she's in there. I don't know the words for the surgeries - but she's impacting my upper jaw (gummy smile) and evening it out (correcting open bite). She's bringing my lower jaw forward (to fix the overbite) and making my chin match with a genioplasty. I have the terms in my surgery folder, but it's in the living room and I'm too lazy to get it right now. I'll update that later.

I'm a bit sad because I had a whole list of questions but she kind of did the "talk to me about my surgery" while we were doing the molds and the facial measurement (face-bow?) stuff. And I had left my purse and questions with Nick in the waiting room, because I thought we'd go into an office to talk. But nothing major. I know about the recovery and what it looks like with her, I know my risks (AHHHHH!), and I know the benefits.

More updates later. I'm not feeling all that nervous yet, but I think it's because it's all so surreal right now. It was such a battle to get here, and now it's actually happening.

Oh! And I found an ice pack / jaw bra online. Thanks to everyone for your searching and well-wishes. :)


Kiwikaren said...

All the best for your surgery Steph! It's great to read that you're getting well prepared and I love your attitude!

I will keep a watch on your countdown clock and send loads of healing energy your way when the time is right!

Take care and I look forward to reading about how well it all goes! ♥

Rainne said...

Good luck!

changes911 said...

3 more days and your not nervous yet! Good luck!

sjp said...

I'm so excited for you, Steph! It sounds like your shopping trip was very productive, I can't think of anything else that you may need.

Congrats on your half-marathon!

holski said...

Wow. Steph, when I first started reading your blog, I remember thinking to myself... Stephanie's surgery is Sooooo far away. Time flies I guess! I am very excited for you and I can't wait for you to have this all behind you! I am going to be glued to my computer waiting for updates!!!