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!!


 Ash xx

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