Wednesday, November 4, 2009

back to the surgeon...

I'm heading in for an emergency appointment with my surgeon tomorrow. The nagging, sharp, and almost constant pain the right jaw joint combined with the weird random swelling combined with the weird painful click-y feeling behind my front teeth/nose meant missing a day of work to drive back to Seattle. Poor band/orchestra students. Yet again, I'm missing too much school!

Now, I don't want to complain too much - but I had no idea I'd be 4 months out and still dealing with all of this. I'm still doing physical therapy - up to 19 sticks now. It's still yucky and painful. I still have problem with many foods - no steak yet, no salad yet (I can't chew it well enough and swallowing lettuce whole is unpleasant, to say the least), nothing crunchy, I have to be careful with breads, nothing chewy... Am still unable to bite into things 'cause the jaw doesn't open wide enough...

The numbness is still around but I truthfully barely notice it anymore. I have SOME feeling everywhere, some places are just a little more tingly or slow to respond than others.

I don't know anyone else with this problem, but I think the weirdest thing for me has been playing instruments again. With a correct occlusion I'm a much better flute and trumpet player, but my low brass and clarinet (boo) skills have gone out the WINDOW! With low brass I'm double buzzing all over the place and can't keep a pitch center... with the clarinet I sound terrible and leak air like a sieve. I can't figure out a good angle, and everything is different. Yuckity yuckity yuck.


Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie,

Let us know what you find out from the surgeon. I'm sorry to hear about your continuing pain and discomfort. I'm sure that after 4 months, you are more than ready to be done with this!

Take care!

Melinda said...

oh man! i have a thought on the instrument thing - perhaps because you're so much more familiar on the clarinet it's weirder, because you still have the muscle memory for it with your old bit, whereas the flute and trumpet you had less experience with, so it's not as hard to "forget" that old muscle memory and go for it with the new bite. As far as double buzzing on low brass...I mean who doesn't? That stuff's just crazy. :) (I've never been able to really play low brass...very sad)

What's the surgeon think? Are you healing on track?

I'm sorry it's not going faster! :-/