Some of you know, and some may not, that about six weeks ago, I was in a rather serious car accident. I’ve considered writing about that, but haven’t found the gut to do it yet. The accident came with a host of injuries, most of which I’ve been getting physiotherapy for from the amazing Health and Performance Centre at the University of Guelph. Unsuspectingly, it turns out I also broke my jaw. It’s been getting worse since the accident as I’ve been thinking something was up with my teeth and didn’t get it checked sooner.
The photo is my xray. A represents a happy jaw bone, in tact and connected. B represents a mouse. C represents my nose in xray and D represents an unhappy jaw and overlapping bones.
The options aren’t exciting. At the absolute best case scenario, I am on a no-chew diet for at least one month. At the worse case scenario, I will require surgery on my face. We’re hopeful it won’t be worse case, but that will depend on the CT scans and the direction of the break… I won’t go into that, unless it turns out I need it. The idea of the procedure scares me quite a bit.
After receiving the news, my big brother sent me a blog-link to check out and a few tips. I’ve since purchased a blender and am trying to stick to this tedious diet. Energy is lower when not eating solids, I’m noticing. I’m three days in and have already tried a neat assortment of foods (pureed lasagna, pureed rice, pureed chicken, etc.). The milk-shakes, protein powders, and such are in full throttle. In any case though, cravings come about and there’s no real way to satisfy them. I haven’t felt really ‘full’ either, seemingly getting hungry every couple hours.
I am extremely grateful that I was in an accident like that and I’ve only had relatively minor injuries, compared to what might have happened if the airbag didn’t off. I am trying to keep in good spirits, which isn’t always easy, but I think blogging and maybe some videos will help with that. Lots of people go through similar diets, though typically for shorter time periods, when getting their wisdom teeth out. I think I’ll be testing out various recipes and sharing some of the humorous moments with all of you. I’m going to need to appreciate some of the humour that comes with this whole thing to get through it.
So, if you have a wisdom tooth surgery coming up, or if you just want an occasional laugh, please do keep up. Any and all suggestions are welcomed. Creativity is appreciated.