It’s been one week since the operation to remove the titanium plate from my jaw.
This is how I looked on Sunday, the day I came home from hospital. The monochrome hides quite how awful I looked, but let me tell you the skin around the left eye was yellow and puffy.
By Monday morning, my eye was swollen shut. It took several hours for the swelling to go down enough for me to see out of the eye. While the area around my left eye still swells overnight, it is markedly improved.
The anaesthetic knocked my sleeping around again. I was too tired to function, but not sleepy at night and I lay awake for hours. Bless Steve Jobs’ cotton socks for the iPad. And bless whoever invented painstop, the children’s pain medication with a sedative. I used to take it instead of Panadeine Forte back when my jaw was wired shut. It has done the trick over the last two nights and I am feeling much more human.
I’m still taking two lots of antibiotics and Panadeine Forte/Painstop. Those prescriptions finish up today or tomorrow. Each morning, we remove the tape over my new neck dissection wound and Darren cleans and re-tapes it. Tomorrow, we head out to the hospital clinic to see my surgeon, Dr P, and find out what’s next.
Question… How do you feel about photos of the operation?
I have some photos from this operation. (I must bug him again for the photos from the big operation last August.) Would you like to see them?
They are not for the faint of heart. I was thinking I could put them up on a separate page on this blog and you would have to click through to see them.
No surprises on the main page when you are bleary eyed with your morning coffee. Promise.