All in all, I have to say that this has been a relatively pain-free experience. Friday night I took a Vicodin before bed, concerned that I’d wake up in pain in the middle of the night. I didn’t. Around 2:30 I got up to nurse Laura and took 400 mg. of ibuprofen and that held me until about 8:30 a.m. I got by just on a couple ibuprofen pills and didn’t feel it necessary to take anything stronger (though I did take another Vicodin at bedtime). I felt great all day and at times I had to remind myself that I couldn’t eat the foods I normally would. My jaw is more sore than the areas where my teeth were pulled, actually. I now remember this from back when I had braces. Anytime I had to have anything major done my jaw hurt so bad. This is bearable, though.
Last night Laura slept for a much longer stretch, so when I woke at 4:30 to nurse, I actually felt uncomfortable. Again, I’ve just been managing the pain with a normal dose of ibuprofen. I can’t take the Vicodin during the day because it makes me loopy and really, I don’t need it. I really don’t have that much else to say. I never had any swelling and I’ve been dutifully rinsing with salt water after eating. I’m bored with soft foods, but I’m trying to make the best of it. I don’t think I’d have a problem chewing something like ground beef or pasta, but I am terrified of something getting stuck in one of the holes so I’ll have to just keep this up for a few more days. Blargh. I think I’ve done a pretty good job eating a variety of soft foods and making them as interesting as possible. I think I’ll save that for another blog post, though.