So, I’m back to work having woken up this morning well on the road to recovery.
I’m pretty much off the painkillers now, and there is a bit of discomfort but nothing I can’t handle (see, I’m getting all brave now, after the event). To be honest, the actual pain wasn’t half as bad as I’d expected, the surprise was the amount my jaw swelled up. This didn’t really hurt, it was just uncomfortable as I couldn’t open my mouth very far nor close it entirely, meaning all food had to be slurped off a spoon in liquid form. My tongue became ulcerated in one place too, but thanks to the wonders of Medigel, that little problem was soon dispensed with.
My face is still swollen and a nice yellow bruise is developing. The jaw is still tender, although oddly not in the area of the teeth, which makes me wonder if there is a nerve centre further along the jawbone where all pain is focussed. I am not ready to devour a huge burger and I doubt I’ll be able to for a day or so yet, but I’m looking forward to stuffing my face with junk food in order to put back on the weight I’ve lost. I was not exactly Fatty of the Year before, but now I look like something out of Belsen.
I’ve got a bit of recovery to go yet, but hopefully I’m over the worst. Fortunately, I was prescribed antibiotics to keep infection at bay, and my lying in bed without moving a muscle, mouth open, for the first 2 days seems to have paid off.