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Things you miss when you can’t open your mouth

It’s now been 36 day since I broke my jaw. Since then, it has has been held shut with rubber bands and I’ve been on a liquid diet (which, as you can imagine, is pretty miserable). So, naturally, I’ve made a list of the things that I miss about opening my mouth.

Sausage sandwiches 

This category covers solid foods in general, but especially sausage sandwiches – I haven’t had one for years, but from the day after my surgery I’ve been desperately craving one!

You don’t realise how much you love chewing food until you’re not able to. I just want to bite, chew and taste something. I’m so bored of soup.

So now all of my food has to be liquid as well as gluten free. It really does rule a lot of things out!

The silver lining? I can have entire cartons of custard in one sitting, and no one can judge me.

Spoons

It wasn’t until week 4 that I was able to open my mouth enough to use a spoon. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never take spoons – or any other cutlery – for granted again.

Until then, everything was drunk through a sippy cup. Not only did all ‘food’ have to be blended until little more than water, but I looked like a child whilst drinking it.

Speaking

It takes some time to learn how to talk whilst keeping your teeth together. Sounds ‘th’ and ‘sss’ are particularly difficult. Plus, when you meet strangers, they have absolutely no idea what you’re doing – and it’s difficult to explain!

Brushing my teeth

I know, it’s disgusting. But for a few weeks I couldn’t open my mouth, so only the front of my teeth were getting brushed (with a special baby’s toothbrush that I was forced to buy).

I did get a – what I’m sure is 100% alcohol – mouthwash from the hospital to use. I can tell it’s  doing something from the way my mouth burns and my eyes water every time I use it.

As a kid, I hated the dentist. Now, I can’t wait to go and get a deep clean!

Not having braces

I’ve had braces. Been there, done that. I was 11, and I didn’t really care – everyone had them, and I wanted straight teeth.

Now, as a 24 year old woman, it looks like I have them again. Technically they’re not – they’re ‘arch bars’ which are used to keep my jaw in line – but other people don’t know that!

It’s eye-opening to realise how self-conscious I am of them now that I’m older, and something that I definitely need to address.

Cuddles

Cuddles can only be done on one side, opposite the side of the broken jaw. Plus, people are generally scared to squeeze me too tightly, in case I break.

Laying on my left side

I love laying on my left side in bed – that’s how I get cosy! Trying to sleep on the other side, or my back, just isn’t the same.

Not having a broken jaw

It’s safe to say that I cannot wait until my jaw is healed, and I can do all of the things that we take for granted. That being said, I am terrified of the moment that the doctors set me free, and I have to trust that my jaw has healed properly.

Does that make a wimp? Probably!