How to survive with your mouth wired shut.
When It happened.
I never thought that I would have to deal with my mouth being wired shut! I never imagined it would happen let alone prepared for it. When I found out that I had broken my jaw I was so stunned that I did not want to believe the doctor diagnoses. When he said that my mouth would be wired shut for six weeks I became irate. I called him an idiot and continued on pouting. I mean, how do you cope with the fact that everything about your life is about to change without warning? Talking would be different, eating would be different, heck life as I knew it was over for the next 6 weeks. At first, I couldn’t, but I realized that no amount of complaining I did would change my situation. I would have to deal with it.
First things 1st.
Get out there and find out everything that you can about living with a broken jaw and having your mouth wired shut. Tell yourself you know nothing and need to know everything in order to survive. Inform yourself of what to eat, how to care for your teeth, how to cope with stress and the benefits of building a strong and helpful support system. Also never pity yourself, it does no good. Prepare your mind for 6 weeks of living a life you hopefully will never have to live again. This will be a boot camp for the mind, but hang in there you can do it.
What do I eat?
Here is where educating yourself will come in handy. There are more options out there for food that one may realize. So I am not going to tell you what you should eat cause I’m no nutritionist or dietician. What I can say is that you have to find food that you will be able to tolerate for at least 6 weeks. We all know eating the same thing over and over can be hell. Some of my favorite foods included any soups, applesauce, protein shakes, mashed potatoes, and anything I could turn into a tasty smoothie. Your blender will be your best friend in this situation. You have to eat and your body needs certain vitamins and minerals to survive. So get creative don’t be discouraged and eat. Just remember you may not eat it the same but it will still provide the same benefits as if you ate it normally. Keep your head up as this is only temporary. YOU CAN DO IT!
I can’t tell you how many time I sat and daydreamed about all the food I took advantage of when I was “normal”. I constantly dream about eating a good burger with fries or a nice tasty sandwich. I never thought I would dream of food so much in my life. I find myself envious of those who get to eat normal food. I find myself getting angry, thinking how we don’t appreciate food enough. How do you cope with all of this? Your support system. Make sure those you are around after your jaw is wired shut love and support you. I can’t lie to you, this is the hardest thing that I have ever been through and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I am already begun planning what I want to eat as soon as I get this metal out of my mouth. Though this is the hardest thing I have dealt with it has made me so strong that I feel I can do anything now. I love the person that I have become in the last week alone. Now I’m not saying break your jaw, but I am saying that I will appreciate life, especially food, much much more now.
Thanks for reading!