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I came home this morning. Yesterday was up and down. The nausea came in waves. I asked for anti-nausea meds more than I pressed the little green button for pain relief. I felt enormously tired and dozed on and off. My face continued to swell. Dr P and Dr J visited mid-afternoon. Dr J had […]

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Surgeon visit

My surgeon, Dr P, visited a few minutes ago. The surgery went well, he said, and they removed the titanium plate and scews. The new jaw bone from last year’s surgery had fused nicely and no artificial bone was needed to strengthen it. The drain in my neck can probably come out this afternoon, he […]

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After surgery

My surgery yesterday went from about 10am to 11.30am. I was awake in recovery by about 12.30pm and back in my room on the ward by about 1.30pm. It is so much less painful than the major surgery in August last year. I am not on ‘background’ pain relief, just the little green button that […]

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Surgery morning

It’s the morning of my surgery. I am third on the list and scheduled for 9am, though they can run a little late. A new nurse just popped her head in. She didn’t know whether I needed the special pink pre-surgery wash and said I needed a doctor to ‘chart it’ if I want an […]

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Pre-surgery jitters

All of a sudden, I got the pre-surgery jitters yesterday. Curling up with Darren and chocolate on the couch last night helped, but I still can’t shift this queasy feeling. Am I worrying that anything might go wrong? Not at all. If something were to go wrong, as Darren pointed out, I’m in the hands […]

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Tumourtown

This Thursday, I go back into hospital for a few days.  The operation to remove the titanium plate from my jaw will take place early on Friday morning.  I’ll spend a few days recovering on the ward and about two weeks recovering at home.  My face will swell up again from the surgical trauma and, […]

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Fusion

Cone beam scan On Friday, I had a cone beam scan.  It’s a special type of CT scan. Like an MRI, you lie on your back and have to stay still.  Super.  Still. No boom-boom-shake-the-room music like the MRI, but you can’t move a millimetre.  Seriously. There are test pictures and then 35-seconds of shallow-breakthing-no-swallowing […]

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It’s a date

In a little over a month, I’ll be back in hospital to have the titanium plate removed from my jaw.  That’s Friday, 13 January 2012. The surgery involves reopening the neck dissection scar that runs from below my ear to right under my chin.  Three screws hold the titanium plate to my mandibular-fibula bone at […]

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Four months

Yes, I’m still here. It’s now four months down the track since my major surgery on 1 August. The swelling on the left of my face has subsided still further.  Like the outgoing tide, it leaves behind it the shipwreck of my titanium plate that juts ever more prominently from my jaw.  On Friday, I […]

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Surprises

As many of you know, I asked a lot of questions before my surgery. You can’t ask everything, of course, although I gave it a good go. A friend asked what has surprised me.  Here are a few things. Sushi.  It’s still too wide to fit through my compromised jaw.  At home, I can slice […]

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