D-Day Has Arrived!!


My stomach is overwhelmed with both nerves and hunger. Fasting from six this morning has been torturous, especially since I’m a stress eater. 

Both my mam and I are exhausted from the minimal amount of sleep we’ve both had, which means emotions are running high. 

On a lighter note, we had a good giggle trying to get the surgical stockings on!  

 Attractive, right?!?

My mam is keeping herself well entertained, putting what we originally thought was a hairnet on her head for a selfie. We soon discovered they were, in fact, disposable underwear! 

I was completely right when I said I’d be a bag of nerves this morning. I literally thought to myself “I must be insane going ahead with this!”. 

As nervous as I am, I’m ready as ever to say goodbye to my underbite and hello to my new cheekbones! 


Pain: 3/10 

Discomfort: 12/10 

Hunger: 0/10

Weight: 11st 3lbS

It’s two hours after the surgery and I’m feeling a lot better than expected. 

My nose is bleeding quite heavily but that’s to be expected really. My stomach is feeling a bit nauseous but I’ve been given medication to help with that. 

My main issue is breathing. I’m finding it extremely difficult as my mouth is wired shut and I have a plate in my nose and a bandage across it to help with the bleeding. I’ve ended up getting a mask to try help me to breath somewhat easier but I’m still extremely limited. 

I’m lightheaded and quite dehydrated. I’ve had some water but no food until tomorrow. It’s been a total of 17 hours without food but, to be honest, my stomach feels too queasy to worry about it. 

I’ve recorded a quick video and taken some pictures to show you what kind of state I’m in. They’re quite gorey and it’s probably really difficult to understand me but it’s all for informative purposes. 

So far I can feel the difference in the way my teeth are positioned and I think my nose as slightly changed. 

Some pre and post pictures to show you the already noticeable difference! 







I apologise if my writing isn’t up to scratch, it’s been a long day!

Thank you again to all those who sent me supportive messages and particularly my mam and dad for helping me when I’m feeling my most vulnerable.

Once again if anyone has any questions, I’d be delighted to answer them, just comment below!!


Ash xxx

Vlog: T-Minus Three Days 

With three days to go until D-day, the nerves are kicking in and my first ever vlog is live! 

A video discussing all things underbite before I undergo my jaw surgery. I tried not to ramble too much and just stuck to my main points so if I forgot anything please let me know!

I really hope it’s somewhat informative and if you have any questions, blog post ideas or anything to say at all, feel free to comment below! 

Jaw Nom Nom was a blog that I found extremely helpful for the food element of the recovery so definitely check it out. 

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram and to like my Facebook page to make sure you’re always up to date! 

Also a quick shoutout to all the amazing people who’ve sent me supportive messages and tweets. It means so much so thank you!


Ash xx

An Introduction

I really wanted to write a short and sweet introductory post to say a massive HELLO to everyone and to also give you all an idea as to what this blog will be all about.

Blogging is something that I’ve been considering for a while so I’m absolutely delighted to get started!

A Dash of Ash is exactly what it says on the tin (or web bar..). It’s my little corner of the world wide web. I can’t define it as a fashion blog or a beauty blog because I’ve got lots of likes and dislikes, just like the next person. They are all a part of me and my life; therefore, they should be a part of my blog.

As for me, I’m an 18 year old girl living in Meath, Ireland. I just finished up my Leaving Cert and plan on going to DCU next year (touch wood!). In general, my interests are makeup and fashion so I imagine these will be the front runners for most blog posts. However, I’m not limiting myself to these either.

On the 6th July 2015, I will be getting orthognathic surgery on my upper jaw to correct my under bite. It was only once I became aware of the procedure and started doing some research that I found out how common it actually is.

After countless hours of research, the best information I received came from other people blogging about their jaw surgery experience. So I’ve decided to join them and share my jaw journey with all you lovely people. I’m planning on focusing on these posts to start with and then branching out further down the road.

Anyway, I’ll be posting a ‘Pre-Surgery’ blog or vlog ( I haven’t decided yet) in the next few days. I’ll be sharing all new blog posts via Twitter and Instagram. Follow me so you can keep up to date.

Thanks for reading!

Ashleigh xx