Jaw Surgery: Trust Your Body

I wanted to share the following incident with all my readers simply to inform about all aspects of the surgery. It was an incredibly frightening experience but thankfully, short lived. I’m not telling this story to scare anyone but simply to show that this can happen and I was assured by doctors that feeling this way is completely normal.

There’s been elements of the recovery that have been difficult but that I expected so I’ve been emotionally prepared. However, there have also been aspects that I had not anticipated. These have been, in all honesty, scary. 

During my stay in the hospital, my stomach felt queasy a number of times. When I was being discharged, we asked about getting some anti-nausea medication but were shrugged off and told it wouldn’t be an issue.  

As you can imagine, I’m on very strong pain killers. I was originally prescribed Solpadol (Paracetamol and Codeine), Nurofen and an antibiotic. On my second night home, I began to feel very sick in the stomach while trying to take my medicine. I began to wretch. Having your teeth clamped together makes getting sick a challenge, to say the least. I started to panic. If I vomited, I wouldn’t be able to breath and would most likely choke. My parents calmed me down and thankfully the nausea passed but I was then left afraid to consume any medicine or food. 

We called the clinic the next morning and they faxed a prescription for anti-nausea meds to my local pharmacy and I’ve since switched to just soluable paracetamol without the Codeine. 

I was assured that the chances of me actually vomiting were close to none as there is so little in my stomach as it is. The nauseous feeling was most likely a combination of very strong medication and very little food. 

I’m not telling you this story to frighten you or turn you off the surgery. Not only is this something that people don’t consider when they think about jaw surgery but I was aware nausea had been an issue for me but the doctors said I’d be fine and I trusted them. They were wrong. The moral of the story is really that I should have trusted my own instinct regarding my body. I should have pushed for that medication before I even left the clinic. So if you’re getting this surgery, or any surgery for that matter, Trust your body! You know your body best and don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t feel sick!!

I’ve been keeping track of how I’m feeling, taking pictures everyday and I’m currently putting together a “1 week post-op” post. So keep an eye out for that and some other non-surgery related posts I have in the pipeline on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!!

Love,

 Ash xx

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