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Sunday, December 12, 2010

I can't believe it's been a month since I passed out, fell, and severely broke my jaw. Thank you all so much for the well-wishes and concern! I'm recovering pretty well, and the doctor said that my jaw is healing very well.

I still don't have any answers as to WHY I passed out. I saw a neurologist on Friday and had an EEG. The neuro exam was completely normal, and I should get my EEG results in a couple of days. The neurologist said that he highly doubts it was a seizure, and he's pretty sure that my EEG will be normal as well. That is a good thing :)

I have another follow-up appointment tomorrow with the ENT surgeon who performed both of my surgeries. I'm not sure what he's going to do, because I know my jaw will still be wired for a couple more weeks. It takes 6 weeks for a bone to heal, and it's only been 4 weeks.

I also have an appointment on Friday with a cardiologist, hopefully to rule out any heart problems that could have caused the syncope (fainting). I doubt they will find anything. Something in my gut tells me that it had something to do with the ice cream I had eaten--as ridiculous as that sounds.

My friend Renee and I had made plans to have wine a couple of nights ago (Friday). I asked my surgeon about it, and he said it was okay as long as I stop taking my pain medication (oxycodone) for 24 hours before I have wine and for 24 hours after I had wine. So my last dose was on Thursday afternoon. By Friday morning, I was feeling a little sick. Friday night I was so sick that I called Renee to cancel. I was sick yesterday too--I've had chills, sweating, nausea, stomach cramps, and trembling. From what I read online, you can become physically dependent on oxycodone in about 4 weeks, which is how long I was taking it. I think that I am having withdrawl symptoms, which is really scary. When I first got the script in the hospital, I told them no--I was scared to take it, because I've heard that it's really addictive. They kind of pushed me into it, and told me that I would only get addicted if I didn't take it as prescribed. I was very careful to take it as prescribed. So anyway, I had planned on resuming the meds 24 hours after having the wine with Renee, but after all this, I've decided not to take it again. Today, I'm still feeling sick, but much better than Friday night. Hopefully I'll be back to normal within a couple of days. The jaw pain is still there, but it's not unbearable. I just constantly feel a tingling in my chin where my nerve was severed, and it drives me crazy.

ANYWAYS, the liquid diet isn't so bad. I usually have a fruit smoothie (made with Boost or Ensure) for breakfast and sometimes lunch, pureed soup for dinner, and pudding for my daily dessert. The pudding was really hard to eat at first, but now that I can open my teeth a little, it's much easier. (A couple of weeks ago, the wires that were holding my jaws completely shut were replaced with rubber bands. I still have metal things and wires running along my gums on top and bottom, but I can open my mouth a little now). I haven't been counting calories at all since I went into the hospital, and I've been doing really well with "intuitive" eating. I eat whenever I'm hungry and I eat a "normal" amount of food, stopping before I'm stuffed. I thought this would be good practice for when I get the wires off--hopefully I can continue eating this way even when I have a huge variety of foods to eat.

I've been running, but not very much. I still try to run every other day, but the most I've run in the last month has only been 3 miles. I'm scared to run outside (fear of passing out again), and the treadmill is SO BORING that I can't stand it. However, I've been toying with the idea of possibly running a full marathon in October 2011. It would give me a good reason to run once I get back in the groove of things.

Again, thank you so much for thinking of me. I hope you all have a great holiday!
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    Keeping you in my prayers.
    2500 days ago
  • RIGBY31
    Great recovery! Cannot believe you're running, but then again I cannot wrap my brain around running quite yet. And the oxy... glad you kicked it to the curb. It's helpful for pain (which you needed!), but it can wreck you in other ways. You're so strong!!!
    2500 days ago
  • HOPE2011
    I missed it too and went back to read what happened - poor Katie! I'm glad that you are doing better and are on the road to recovery.

    2500 days ago
    Glad you got off the pain meds! It is scary to think about becoming addicted to something that the doctors prescribed!!

    I've been thinking about you and hoping you're doing well.
    2500 days ago
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. It sounds like you are making really great healthy choices in a difficult situation! And I hear you on the tingling... after I had my wisdom teeth out I felt tingling on my cheek and it felt like something was on my face or my face was wet. It finally went away after about a year!
    2500 days ago
    Oh my goodness! I missed this too! What a horrible thing to be going through- and you have such a great attitude! Thanks for sharing. I think the idea of setting a big goal for yourself will be just what you need to help with your confidence to get out there! Good Luck!
    2500 days ago
    Well done for coping so well, so far. Good luck for the rest!!
    2500 days ago
    I don't know how I missed all this. I just went back and read about the accident.
    I'm so glad you're ok!
    Hopefully you'll be weaned off the meds in time for Christmas and feeling like yourself again.
    You have an amazing strength.
    Go easy with the running until they figure out what the cause was. You're making me nervous! LOL
    2500 days ago
    Wow, you are coming through this like a real champ! Keep up the good work.
    2500 days ago
    Glad to hear you are healing well. Hope they figure out what caused the fainting so you can feel free to get back to life completely. I'm sure it's scary to run too far for fear of fainting again. Keep up the good work on the intuitive eating. I'm sure you'll do great with it even when you have a wider range of foods to choose from.
    2500 days ago
    Happy to hear you are healing. I hope they attribute your passing out to the major sugar rush rather than something more serious. Keeping you in my prayers.
    2500 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    great spirit in dealing with your challenges!
    2500 days ago
    Keep healing we need your motivation :)
    2500 days ago
  • BRENDAT666
    Wow - 4 weeks. You're handling it amazing well. Def. go easy on yourself - most important thing is to heal up so you can go back to normal life. Must be hard to not be able to run - I know you've really built up stamina and endurance there. But if you were able to do that while losing all the weight, it will be so easy for you to pick up where you left off.

    Thanks for sharing your story and hope the book is coming along.
    2500 days ago
    So glad to hear you're doing well... the oxycodone is addicting (any narcotic is)... not if you take it for a week...but yeah, if you take it "regularly" as I'm sure it was prescribed to you for 4 weeks, there will absolutely be some physical addiction.. can I make a suggestion? take some ibuprofen alternating with tylenol for mild pain.. but if you have more severe pain - take the oxycodone - particularly at night when it *may* help you sleep better.. and sleep is necessary for healing... also, you can always cut the pill in half and see how that handles the pain... my point is this... please don't suffer in pain because of your fear of addiction.. your fear is healthy.. pain is not... and it absolutely will inhibit your healing... sorry you didn't get the full scoop on your pain meds when you got them...
    2500 days ago
    I'm so glad you're feeling better and taking care of yourself. I believe you will be completely healed very, very soon. emoticon
    2500 days ago
    Dang, you are wonder woman in my book. It's been 4 weeks already. Definitely scary and what a way to lose weight. LOL Glad to hear you are progressing well but do hope they can figure out why you passed out to begin with so you don't have it happen again.

    Take care and thanks for the update.
    2500 days ago
  • BUGSMOM211 does not seem like a month as gone by. I know it does for you though! Glad to hear things are looking up for you. With your meds it sounds like you have that under control. You will need to take Advil or some other kind of pain reliever and get yourself off the hard stuff. Enjoy your day and glad you are doing good! emoticon
    2500 days ago
    sounds like you're managing the challenge..Take care of yourself... emoticon
    2500 days ago
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