Friday, 6 May 2011

Day 2: Healing

Hi guys :)
So last night was the first night sleeping with this fun stuff on my face haha, and you have to sleep on an angle (at least have 2 pillows under your head) I tried to create kind of a wedge shape with a few pillows so I wouldn't strain my neck. I also put 2 pillows underneath my legs so that it would help circulate my blood so I would have less swelling and bruising.
I took arnica the day of surgery and my bruising has gone down SO much already because of it!! I'll take a picture of the arnica I'm using in case you want the same one. You let this one melt under your tongue and it tastes like sugar yum :)
So the sleep was not the most fun, especially not being able to breathe from the nose because of the "moustache" so I woke up with the sahara desert in my mouth hahaha. Make sure to keep lip chap and water right beside your bed because you will for sure want to apply it and drink water every single time you wake up in the night lol.
I woke up nauseas this morning and I think it was from all the medication I was taking basically on an empty stomach because I hardly ate anything at all yesterday.
My mom is the sweetest person ever and cut up some food into really small pieces for me today to eat and I already feel the nausea gone :) Make sure you eat foods that don't require chewing, or minimal chewing. And if it's a solid food then cut it up small because chewing, opening your mouth up a certain amount, sipping on a straw and even eating from a spoon all move your mouth a certain way and tug on the stitches which is uncomfortable. It takes a while to get used to what comfortably works for you. 
Last night I took two T3's before I went to sleep because the stitches started to hurt a little bit and the T3's would help me get a better sleep. This was at about 10:45, at 5 am I woke up and changed my gauze moustache and took two more T3's. I swear those things just knock you out when you take two haha. 
I feel no pain today just a little discomfort from the stitches since they are constantly slightly being tugged on by moving my mouth. 
My nurse recommended that when I don't need T3's anymore because they're too strong that I just get tylenol extra strength from the drug store. 
Keep in mind that when you feel a little bit of pain, don't try to tough it out, take the pain medicine right away because you'll need less because you caught the pain early and it takes like 1 hour to kick in (for T3's) 
Still changing my gauze moustache, I honestly hate doing it, it makes me feel sick to my stomach. I get grossed out REALLY easily so yeah.. no fun. haha. I can't wait til I stop bleeding so I don't have to do this anymore. 
So I just changed my gauze moustache and decided to clean a little bit of the dried blood up with a q-tip VERY lightly and the q-tip had hydrogen peroxide on it. My bruises have got better directly under my eye but when I removed the moustache and tape I realized that the bruises are very swollen further down where the tape is and my nose is very swollen as well. You can only take arnica for 3 or 4 days after surgery so hopefully it helps in these next few days that I'm allowed to take it. I don't think I'll be taking a picture without the gauze today because I'm still bleeding so the picture will look quite similar to yesterdays. 

I've been icing my face with a big ziploc bag full of frozen blueberries. Anything you have in your freezer will work, peas, corn, blueberries, etc. It helps when they're small and round because then you can cover a lot of your face, I cover my forehead and both my eyes with the bag. You don't want to put it directly on your nose. Also, with the splint on its pretty much pointless lol. You want to ice for 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off, every hour. 

I booked the appointment to get my splint off, it's this monday :) so 5 days post-op. I'm pretty nervous and excited to get it taken off. Nervous because I feel like my nose won't be as well protected, and more susceptible to getting hurt. But excited to see SOMEWHAT what my nose will look like, it will of course still be super swollen as it's only 5 days post-op. 

I've been writing this post all day long (as I will be for all the posts so I don't forget anything) it's like 6 pm now and post operation depression is kinda kicking it. It's just scaring me the way I look and I'm just nervous I made the wrong decision if I don't like the way it looks. Make sure you surround yourself with really positive happy people during these days because they will help you by re-assuring you everything will be okay. 

So I didn't upload this last night because I got sick and threw up. I think it was because it's hard to eat to so I haven't eaten much the last 2 days and then all the medicine in my stomach made me sick. So I threw up and ate some crackers and drank some gingerale and went to bed.



  1. i had to have that nose mustache too hah, but I had my tonsuls removed, and my nose air ways widened because I couldn't breath through them, and I SOOOOO know what you are taking about with the whole dry mouth thing, hahah it SUCKS, when I had my surgery, I couldn't breath through my nose, so i would have to breath through my mouth, which would cause my mouth to get super dry, and it hurt too bad to drink water, ahhaha

    but your nose will look fantastic!
    I saw your video about and have been following you on twitter, and I have the same problem as you, except I didnt break my nose, my nose just came with a huge bump, and people ask me if i broke my nose before, and I have to say..."Uh...nooooo thats my nose I was born with"
    its one of my biggest insecurities, but like you ive been planning on getting a nose job since i was eight.

    I hope you have a speedy recovery!<3

  2. tmi but wouldn't it hurt to throw up? if you can't open your mouth to eat i wouldn't want to imagine the pain of vomitting. :|

  3. Where is Scott through all this? Has he been supportive?

  4. Awwe well i hope you get better soon i'm sure everything is going to turn out just fine I wouldnt worry much about it. :)Your going to turn out gorgeous as every!! :) Happy recovery!!! :) Ill be praying for you! :D

  5. How are you supposed to shower? and like bathe yourself? It makes me wonder.

  6. Hey! not to sound gross, but I am a pharmacy student and I just want to make sure you know that T3's (along with other pain meds) can sometimes cause constipation so definitely stay hydrated! and if you do end up having issues we always recommend a gentle product like Senna S. Your doctor probably told you this, but I see a lot of people in the pharmacy who haven't been told so I figured it was worth mentioning.

    ALSO, I too have a slighty-crooked nose from a break, and have since the age of 12 wanted to get it corrected. (I fully plan to when I graduate and can afford it). I Completely agree when you said that sometimes you will feel like you look completely sexy in every aspect but still feel bummed about your nose. Plastic surgery is always a private decision and it's a shame people can make you feel so bad about it. I applaud your courage, and wish you a speedy recovery!