Monday, 30 March 2015

Jaw Surgery - 4 Month Final Update, and Freedom From Braces! (Sortof...)

It's just over four months since I had jaw surgery, and things are pretty much how I assume they're going to be. It's hard to give you an update at this stage as things have changed so gradually throughout the process, but I think this is probably going to be my final update on this unless anything else changes so I'll try and make it a good round up.

I think the first thing I'd say to anyone getting this surgery or who has just had it, is, well, it sucks. It really, really sucks. I'm not going to try to sugarcoat it for you because I think you should expect the worst, and hopefully it'll end up better than you thought. I read so many blogs and thought I had such a great understanding of how it was going to be and that therefore I'd cope really well with everything, and I really really didn't. Not being able to eat was horrendous for me, not being able to talk was awful, my energy levels were horrendous and I would just sleep all day, and my face greatly resembled that of a hippo whilst the rest of my body went skeletal. I had side effects that lingered for so long that I kept assuming they would be permanent because they weren't showing signs of going anywhere at all, and then they would go so gradually that I didn't even notice them fading even though they had been bothering me for so long.

Numbness - I don't have any. At least, I don't think I do - you see, I was quite lucky in that I thought I had all my feeling back really quickly. But recently I suddenly developed feeling around where my wisdom teeth were. I didn't even know I'd lost feeling there until suddenly the feeling came back, so obviously it was never a problem to me but still, really weird when some day I just had extra feeling that I didn't realise I'd lost.

Eating - Largely normal. I can eat most things, but sometimes things hurt to eat. For example, bacon. I don't know why, but it hurts me to eat bacon. There are some things that I haven't even tried to eat because I think physically if I could fit it into my mouth it would work but I genuinely don't think I can - ie. particularly large burgers. My range of motion is not fully there, that does not fit. It just doesn't. Everything else pretty much works, although I still don't know how to use my front teeth properly.

Pain - Aside from the above mentioned ocasional eating pain (and even then it's not bad, just annoying, and it goes as soon as I stop) I don't have any.

Appearance - My appearance didn't change much, which is really odd because I had my jaw moved by quite a large amount. I think because my chin was moved back at about the same amount that my jaw was moved forward it kind of cancelled each other out. Some people see a difference but can't place their finger on what, most people can't. I wouldn't base your guesses on this though, because every single other person from my hospital that I've gone through this little journey with have ended up looking very different. You may see that as a positive or a negative! Oh, and finally, my lips close properly! I would put this down to lots of lip exercises, as I don't know whether it's coincidence or not but I can tell you that it definitely started working together a lot more when I started kissing someone a lot more...

No more braces! I had them removed the other week. Life was good. Annoyingly, a lot of people didn't notice at all, and then when I got retainers everyone suddenly noticed those. Anyway, my brace removal was actually pretty horrendous. It hurt so much more than I thought it was going to. For some reason I assumed that they would just put something on your teeth that would melt the glue and stuff would just sort of get peeled off. Nope, everything gets yanked and it hurts quite a lot. It was probably worse for me as a jaw surgery patient as it was impossible to brush some teeth for a while and therefore there's probably a fair bit of gunk stuck in them - lovely, right? My gums are already looking much happier now they've gone and hopefully they'll go up a bit as some of them got really swollen. However, as with everything in this process, nothing is quite as easy as it seems and now I have to wear retainers. I can talk pretty clearly with them, but I am constantly aware of them being in my mouth and feeling enormous and they don't taste amazing. I have to wear them for three months full time and then at night times, only, I, uh, don't. I don't know why. They're not as obvious as the braces were at all, and I'm supposed to just take them out for eating and tooth brushing. I tend to take them out for one of those reasons and then, uh, they don't go back in for a while. I know it's bad but I feel self conscious about them - again it makes no sense when people are very used to seeing me in braces, but I think having them out for those two retainer free days made me love my freedom too much. I know, I'll wear them...

So this is probably my last update - but feel free to ask if you have any questions!

Monday, 23 March 2015

So...Where have I been lately?

So far, this year has ended up being a very, very good year. Unfortunately, this means that I haven't been able to keep to my three times a week blog schedule, at all, and I'm not going to promise you that that's going to change any time soon because it almost certainly isn't going to happen straight away - however, what I am going to do is update you on what's been going on lately, and promise you that I'm at least going to commit to one post a week and ideally at least two - I'm going to be going with a bit more of a look at series based posts than I have been to keep myself on track at first, and then hopefully by then I'll be back on shifts and it'll all be easier again!

So here's where I've been...

First of all, I should probably tell you about someone who's been taking up a lot of time in my life lately. I'm not a relationship person, at all. I'm not good at them, they stress me out, and they take away from my free time in ways that I don't like. That, uh, sort of changed. From the very beginning of the year I've been seeing someone, and actually it's going really well. This is someone who was a good friend of mine for the past two years - Ironically, it turns out he'd been interested in me from the first time he met me, and I've been interested in him for about a year and a half or so, but we are both very different people so we both thought the other person would never be interested. I accidentally (genuinely) made a move on him at the beginning of the year and we've been together ever since. In a way it's been a bit of an odd one as we had perceptions of each other and why we wouldn't work that weren't quite true, and discovering more about this means we now like each other even more than we thought we did. I had thought that being friends for so long would have made things really boring for us, but actually it's all going really well. In a way, this does mean more posts - we're going to Guernsey in two weeks, California in a couple of months, and we're still planning for somewhere just after that and we are both big foodies who eat out a lot - unfortunately (well, I love it, but in terms of the blog) he spends a day a week at mine and I spend every weekend at his, and those were of course my prime blogging days - but I'm gonna make sure I find time. This will eventually be easier because...

I'm starting a new job. And it's been a really long application process. As many of you already know, I've been working two jobs for a while now. It means I work ridiculous hours but I was really used to it so somehow managed to make it work. Anyway, I have decided to go full time with the police side of things, and the interview process has been long and a bit complicated so there's been even more stuff to factor in. Anyway, I finally have a start date of next month (Clashing with my original California dates, naturally) and so things will be a bit easier as I'll know what's going on when and I won't be working multiple jobs any more. Eventually I'll be working rotating shifts, which actually means my blogging schedule will return to normal, as obviously sometimes I'll be working nights, evenings or other weird hours and I'll have slightly more days off as well, therefore it'll be much easier to fit in blogging time when everyone else is at work. However, because of the new job...

Fitness has become more of a priority. I'm such a slacker. So, I used to love doing my yoga and everything else. And then when I started applying for my new job, I knew I'd have to do the fitness test. So I went to the gym three times a week, worked really hard for it, passed the fitness test and, uh, stopped. Admittedly this is because I wasn't expecting my start date to be quite so soon, but alas, it is. Anyway, I'm back at the gym three times a week because not only is there another fitness test coming up but I obviously need to make sure I'm always at full fitness for it. So that's taken a bit of a priority again - obviously when I'm working shifts it'll be easier, because again I'll just go when everyone else is at work.

Going forward, I hope to be posting at least once, ideally twice a week. I know I need to be scheduling in more time to work on this blog and I'll be doing that - and it'll be so much easier now I know my schedule for the next couple of months. Plus I'll be on higher pay, which means I can go back to doing more fashion posts - and finally I can buy that Oasis dress I want without waiting for it to go into the sale...!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Book Review: The Humans, by Matt Haig

The Humans is the story of a nameless alien who takes over the body of Andrew Martin, a Cambridge Professor - initially with the intention of destroying evidence that would provide information that the aliens don't think the humans are ready to handle. Throughout the book, the alien gains a greater understanding of what it means to be human and shares his story and his thoughts throughout the account.

I've told you far more in the above paragraph than I got from the blurb on the back, and in this case I honestly do think that this is a problem. When I picked up the book I was expecting a completely different story, and though I don't think the above description is a bad one, or even that the blurb is a bad one, it's not what I was expecting. I would still have read this book with the above description, but I'd have started it at a much different time and I wouldn't have been as disappointed with the way the story went!

That being said - I did enjoy this book, it's just not the one I expected to read. It's an interesting tale, and I don't normally read this sort of book so it was good for me to go outside of my comfort zone with it. It's an easy read, and a little bit predictable, but it's good fun all the same. Despite the subject matter it's not massively sci-fi or anything along those lines so don't be put off if you don't like those sort of books.

If you'd like to give this book a go, you can get it through amazon here!


Monday, 9 March 2015

Win a Dozen Quail Egglets from Hotel Chocolat!

Easter is coming, so what better excuse to do another chocolatey giveaway? This time I'll be giving away this box of egglets from my favourite chocolate store, Hotel Chocolat. You get two each of six delicious sounding flavours - I can tell you that the salted caramel ones are absolutely amazing, and I can't wait to try some of their raspberry supermilk egglets! 

To enter, fill out the rafflecopter entry below, and note that you must live in the UK. You'll be contacted on the day of closing and have 72 hours to reply to my email with your address before your prize will be moved on to the runner up.

Good luck!



Monday, 2 March 2015

Our Day Trip to Whipsnade Zoo

All the pictures in this post are phone pictures, but if it helps I discovered that the panoramic picture option on my phone is pretty awesome and now long to take panoramic pictures all day long!

Anyway, as mentioned in my post last week, for Valentine's Day we made a trip over to Whipsnade Zoo. Neither of us had been, and as I've been a very frequent visitor to London Zoo over the last ten years or so, I was feeling pretty optimistic about what their other zoo was going to be like.

We arrived much later than planned after our traumatic driving experience (See this post!) so we were pretty worried about what the crowds were going to be like. But actually, we lucked out - it was seriously quiet all day, and the weather wasn't all that bad either!
My priority for the day was to watch the sealion show. I loved the sealion show at SeaWorld Orlando a few years ago and the one I watched in Spain a few years before that, so I was curious as to how a UK version would compare. We both really enjoyed it - the sealions were fun to watch and did some interesting things. It was their first show of the year and they did make a fair few mistakes, but that combined with the attitude of their trainer whenever they did it just made the show more entertaining, as he'd try and explain something just in time for a sealion to become distracted by something, fall off straight onto its face, and scare the other two into scooting off around the arena.

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