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Yesterday I had another meeting at the oral surgeon's office about my upcoming surgery to complete (one hopes) my cleft palate repair work. One thing I had to do was read and sign a consent form indicating that all the horrible things that could go wrong had been explained to me. The form's introduction said "this is not intended to alarm you," and I thought, well, I am alarmed now, regardless. It seems overly morbid, but I suppose I really need to make a short list of instructions just in case - people who need to be called or emailed, how to log in and leave a post here, oh and then there's all that financial crap to deal with. Ugh. Well heck, I don't want to have to deal with all that, I don't want someone else to have to either, so I'll just not have anything bad happen to me. That sounds like a much better plan. Seriously though, I suppose being a property owner and a cat owner, it's probably time I drew up a will, though I doubt that's something I can actually get done before the operation at this point.

Hopefully I haven't now freaked all of you out, either. It is technically outpatient surgery - if I'm doing well enough afterward, they could release me the same day, though they told me to expect to stay overnight at the hospital. They also said I'll be out of work at least five days - the operation's on a Wednesday, and they said the earliest I could expect to go back to work was Monday, maybe not until Wednesday. I do have the option of working from home, at least. Also, I believe I can pull the necessary time off as sick days, though I have to check on that.

Another problem I face is food. At least through that first weekend, I'll basically be on a liquid diet, though I'll still need to be getting in protein and such. Chewing almost anything will be out. Anyone have suggestions or recipes to help me out? And do you want to come visit and make dinner for me? Even after that, they said I'll have to avoid hard and crunchy foods for at least a couple weeks. Now I already eat a fair amount of pasta and vegetables, so that won't be too much problem I suppose, but I guess I'll be eating soup for lunch all week.

I talked to my friend Pam earlier this evening, and she asked if I were excited to be getting the work done. I'm not. I'm a little anxious, somewhat resigned, and mostly impatient to be done with all this already. As I indicated last time I discussed this, though, the expected time frame is up to another year before I actually get the replacement teeth in place and the work can be considered done - presuming this bone graft heals correctly in the first place, that is. Someday it'll be done, but that day is not this day.



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May. 19th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
chicken stock, lots of chicken stock... get the lower sodium kind though... way too salty otherwise... then toss in a bottle of tabasco sauce to round it out. : ) Apple juice is good. white grape juice... essentially juice and stock... if you like beef stock... whole milk = protein. oh and I almost forgot. Long Island Iced Teas...
May. 19th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
The James drinks what he calls "protein shakes", which is something he apparently mixes in the blender. I can ask him more about what he uses if that at all interests you.

I ate a lot of mashed potatoes when I had my wisdom teeth removed.

But, good luck with the surgery. It does sound scary but I'm sure it will go fine. *hug* I'll think good thoughts for you!
May. 19th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
knowing you and your previous reactions to anesthesia, you'll be in the hospital for a week, sleeping. okay, you might make it to the parking lot, then you'll sleep.

cream of wheat and oatmeal do not really require chewing as much as swishing. ditto on scrambled eggs. mashed potatoes were already mentioned (seriously, find the pleasant valley instant kind and make with lots of whole milk. i can't believe i've found instant potatoes that i not only like but get excited about.). carrots and rutabaga mash up quite nicely. you can make any sort of vegetable soup and put it in the blender to make a pureed soup that'll go through a straw. if you want me to make up a specific recipe for you, i can do that. you won't be eating any meat, so you'll have to get your protein from two sources (this is all you'd eat, since all other legume products make you cringe...): eggs and peanut butter. other than scrambled eggs, you can make custards -- they're a little time consuming, but sweet and don't require chewing. i think the only smoothie/shake you'd possibly enjoy is this: whole milk, a healthy dollop of peanut butter, some honey, and strawberries or raspberries (frozen or fresh). it tastes like pb&j.

good luck!
May. 19th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Phil making custard??? heh, giggle... uhm... dude if you decide to do that. video tape it, I want to see frustration recorded. : ) I know, its not hard, but for phil, who is more about the reward from the kitchen and not the rewards of being IN the kitchen... I'm thinking... simple simple simple... I would guess anything requiring a straw is out right? its oral surgury after all... I still think the long island i the best idea... you won't feel a thing, and again record it...
May. 27th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
Ahhh, just think of all the milkshakes you'll HAVE to drink. Maybe you'll plumpen up, too. (Insert wicked witch cackle here.) I had a lemon custard shake recently, and it was lovely, just lovely. I'm sure it was filled with protein, too.
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