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.