Monday, 21 July 2014

The countdown to surgery begins...

So, I figured now would be a good time to tell you about something pretty important coming up in my life in the future. I haven't mentioned this to you before because there has never been a definite date, it keeps getting pushed back, and getting more vague, but now everything is bookmarked in.

In mid November, I'll be having surgery.

It's not super serious surgery or anything life threatening, but it will be my first time having any sort of procedure and it does have a long recovery time for me, which is going to be pretty sucky.

Quite simply, I'm going to be having jaw surgery, followed by potential chin reduction surgery. I've been in the line for this procedure for about five years now, and got braces put on about two and a half years ago. It's been quite a slow process with lots of waiting lists and longer wait times between appointments than I'd have liked, but I am getting this done on the NHS so, y'know, it's also free and I can't complain too much about that. It's been odd being in braces during my mid twenties but has had less impact than you might imagine - actually, it's probably had the opposite and increased my confidence quite a lot after realising that most people actually don't care about them - but that's a post for a different day!

I'm going to be having lower jaw surgery, which will move my lower jaw forward by about 10mm. Which is a lot, and it scares me. It's also extra worrying because despite the large size, it is surprisingly not all that noticeable on my face - but the difference afterwards will still be a big one, and more than anything I'm just really worried that I'm going to hate what my new face will look like!

Obviously my law enforcement involvement means I'm more at risk of being punched in the face than most people...! So after surgery, I'm going to be taking the rest of the year off. This is the other thing that scares me, as I really do not do well without having much to do. I am sort of used to sometimes working 24 hours straight and though I'd love a break at times, a break for me is an extra day, not an extra couple of weeks. But I've decided that getting my fitness back up afterwards is going to be one of the more important things for me, and it's going to be quite difficult as I'm going to be on a liquid diet and not allowed to do much exercise at all... but we will just have to find a way to work around that, as obviously I can't be chasing people if I have completely lost all my fitness.

More importantly, I'll have to stop watching some TV programs and refuse to buy the Sims 4 on release (or perhaps just some Sims 3 expansions because frankly Sims 4 is not impressing me right now) until November so that I have something to do in that first week or two. I suppose I'll also be a lot more blog involved but I'm not sure what my posts are going to be like - I in no way want to change this blog to any sort of recovery blog, but I also probably won't be doing very much. My face will be swollen and ridiculous and even after that I might hate it so my desire to go and socialise will probably be down!

Well, just under four months to go...
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  1. Good Luck Nicola I know you'll be fine! I know what you mean about hating having nothing to do, I get bored so easily as well. I am also obsessed with the Sims :D My friend had jaw surgery where his was moved and again it wasn't that noticeable :) xx

  2. Thanks! Unfortunately I know mine will be noticeable as its a big movement - I just hope that it is the right side of noticeable, haha!

  3. Awwwh, this made me sad and happy to read. I'm glad you've got a confident air about you and I wish you the best of luck. I guess you should thank your lucky stars it's "only" surgery, and not something much, much worse! xxxx

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  4. Thanks! Yeah, I do feel sort of bad that I'm taking months off for what everyone is going to see as essentially cosmetic... let's just hope it's an improvement!!

  5. The best of luck for your surgery, you'll be in the best hands. I had surgery last year and I was well looked after at the hospital



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