After putting it off for almost a year, I finally went to get all four of my wisdom teeth out this past Thursday. I’ve never had any kind of surgery before–for which I am so grateful–so between my irrational fear of needles (for the IV sedative) and the horror stories of excruciating mouth pain and chipmunk-like facial swelling from others, I was understandably nervous. But my fears proved to be unfounded as I awoke just over an hour after being knocked out, slightly foggy but in no notable pain. I went home, mouth full of gauze and ice pack strapped to my face, and promptly passed out after a nice helping of Greek yogurt and pain killers.
Naturally, with the gaping holes in my gums, I’ve been left with no choice but to be on a soft foods/liquid diet for the last few days. For anyone that’s awaiting oral surgery or simply interested in a liquid diet*, I just thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been eating lately, kind of like a What I Ate Wednesday, but on a Monday:
*While I am not a nutritionist or dietitian, I strongly advise against a liquid-only diet for any extended period of time. While it is possible to get all of your nutrients through supplement powders, it’s very likely that you won’t be getting a sufficient amount of calories just by drinking juices. Please consult your doctor before beginning any kind of juice cleanse or detox diet.
I have my follow-up appointment this afternoon with my oral surgeon, so hopefully he’ll tell me I’m healing up nicely and can go back to eating normal foods relatively soon. I won’t say I’ve been upset about having to eat Greek yogurt and fresh fruits & veggies, though! I’m actually very proud of myself for not copping out and using this as an excuse to eat tons of ice cream. I was almost positive that’s what I’d end up doing. Cheers to the removal of some useless molars.
Have you ever had to alter your diet because of a medical procedure? How did you stay healthy during that time?