A little over a week ago I had corrective jaw surgery to fix my crooked face! The first couple of days were really difficult; painful (not too painful, they give you good drugs) and a little scary when I felt like I was so swollen I couldn’t breathe. My husband and sister have been wonderful taking care of me and the kids though, and luckily the worst is over.
I was worried about eating, considering that during my overnight in the hospital I couldn’t even manage a sip of water through a syringe, but once I got home I got in a good routine of soups and smoothies.
Everything I’ve been eating is very nutritionally dense which has helped a lot with energy levels, and I must be eating well because I’ve only lost a few pounds (I’m not super skinny, but I don’t have a lot of weight to lose either). My advice to anyone undergoing this procedure is to eat as healthy as you possibly can, including drinking a lot of water, because you’ll feel better and recover faster.
Also, eating’s not easy, but try eating from a spoon and drinking from a cup as soon as you can, because not only is the syringe a pain but you’ll have a hard time eating enough. You may prefer to eat alone, I did. I’d escape up to our room with my little mugs and mason jars, scream “don’t look at me, I’m hideous!” while slamming the door, then enjoy my concoctions in bed, draped with a tea towel, watching Netflix.
Here are some ideas if you have to be on a liquid diet for some reason, or even if you don’t!
Rainbow of soup.
Green juice through my syringe.
The weekend beforehand I cooked a bunch of soups and froze them: butternut squash and carrot; potato and parsnip; beet, tomato and beef broth (basically borscht); roasted cauliflower with spinach and coconut milk. I’ve been thawing them out to eat little by little, and since I hate to eat the same thing over and over, making even more variety by blending in sundried tomatoes, cooked lentils, fresh spinach or steamed broccoli. I thinned my soup the first day with a lot of almond milk so I could use the syringe, but after that I could use a spoon.
I’ve been making various combinations of blueberries, cherries, banana, and avocado with almond milk or coconut milk. Sometimes I’ll blend in a spoonful of almond butter…or Nutella.
I got a pack of Boost – some people live on these after jaw surgery! I have been having one a day; I think it’s been good for some extra protein, but I wouldn’t want more than that because of the sugar. My husband also brought me some green juices, smoothies, and coconut water which have been nice to change it up a little.
Avocado, banana, and coconut milk smoothie.
Butternut squash soup with sundried tomato, and blueberry, banana, almond milk, and Nutella smoothie.
So I’m pretty happy with my liquid week, but this week I got the go ahead to eat some (soft) solid food. Yes please. Tonight I ate two sardines with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt and it was awesome.