It’s been exactly one week since my surgery! Today was the first day I didn’t get a hot flash or a “bad feeling” rushing through me. It was also the first day I didn’t crave my next dose of Children’s Motrin. I think I’m finally starting to get back to normal!
I went back to work today. I’ve read a lot of blogs that suggest taking a minimum of two weeks off work after your surgery, but I’m a home-based consultant, so I don’t have to drive anywhere or talk to anyone. Heck, most days I don’t even get out of my pajamas! I simply took my laptop off my docking station and worked from my bed all day (although I did miss my dual monitors). I work in Regulatory Operations in the pharmaceutical industry, which basically means I take clinical trial data and submit it to FDA to get new drugs approved.
I considered taking one more day off work, but then I saw how many submissions we had on the schedule, and I felt bad ditching my coworkers. I probably should have reconsidered it though, because in my line of work you have to be completely focused 100% of the time, and my head was SUPER foggy this morning. I usually never make mistakes, but today I accidentally submitted a document to FDA that wasn’t signed! Not a huge deal, but my client isn’t going to be too happy about it…
I’m a bit of a workaholic (like my father), so I ended up working a 10-hour day. My foggy head cleared up later in the afternoon and I was kicking butt on a large submission, so I didn’t want to stop. My fiancé pulled me away for a few hours so we could finish watching Westworld with my mom. Geez, that show is SO good!
Recently, the tingling in my chin has been going INSANE right before I fall asleep. I try to ignore it, because I know it’s just the nerves regenerating, but it’s a very distracting sensation. I remember reading on other people’s blogs that the exact same thing would happen to them – the nerve tingling would go crazy at night while they were trying to fall asleep. I wonder how my chin knows I’m trying to go to bed…
Below are the Day 7 pictures I took. The first thing I noticed when I looked in the mirror this morning is my chin is WAY less swollen. I can see a little dip under my bottom lip! But the funny thing is when I compare today’s pictures to yesterday’s pictures, the dip looks exactly the same. Going forward, my plan is to update this blog weekly, instead of daily, so hopefully my progress will be more apparent after 7 days vs. 24 hours.
P.S. – I didn’t take a picture of it, but the neon yellow bruising migrated down my neck into my chest!