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My First Surgery Experience & Tips for Recovering

[pipdig_padded_text]I'm just going to say it, I don’t do well with physical pain. At all. But I always knew the day was going to come. It had been a long time coming actually, to the point that it had become an everyday burden for me.

So when I was finally told I needed surgery on my gums, (yes, gums, I didn’t even know that was a thing), it was actually a relief. That was until I came out of surgery with a mouthful of stitches from top to bottom and a new gum-line, that was literally hanging on by a thread. It was the day after Halloween, but man I really did look the part. I even scared myself.

The procedure I had done, (under just a local anesthetic may I add!), is basically a gum graft - I believe the medical term is, gingival graft. Side note: if you’re going to Google that, just beware - it ain’t pretty. Whilst I’m grateful it wasn't a more serious health issue, at worst I could have lost a tooth over time, it still hasn't been easy.[/pipdig_padded_text]

Trust in yourself, time and the healing process

[pipdig_padded_text]It’s that one scary word that fills us control freaks with nothing but fear, anxiety and uncertainty. It’s that reminder that you can’t control everything. Post-op life was just like going through puberty all over again – you feel so awkward and unsure of yourself. With a mouth full of stitches, I didn't exactly look or sound like my usual self. But having to cut your food into itty, little pieces like a child, now that was really awkward. With a list of strict do’s and dont’s, most being the latter, yet your body is telling you otherwise, that self-doubt can rear its ugly head.

So lets just say it’s been as much a mental challenge, as it has physically. But I’ve learned to trust the process. If you can learn to tune out the fear and tune into your gut feeling a little more, everything will turn out okay. Your body just needs time to heal, so let nature run its course.[/pipdig_padded_text]

Change up your daily routine, even just a little

[pipdig_padded_text]Eat. Sleep. Repeat. That was basically my entire life at the time. Whilst that may sound like fun, it’s really not. With a soft food diet, food becomes exactly that - repetitive. Dull. Boring. Bland. To start with, it felt like death by scrambled egg and smashed avocado. I must admit that eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner wasn’t my finest moment! My cravings were so bad too – I could have devoured a burger or two for sure!

So I switched things up to avoid getting the munchies and stay away from that dreaded boredom. My go-to was smoothies; just chuck anything into the blender and you are good to go, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. I also loved smoked salmon with scrambled egg, and it may sound really basic, but mashed sweet potato and tuna can’t go forgotten either.[/pipdig_padded_text]

Get that much needed beauty sleep

[pipdig_padded_text]So just take the day off? Or better yet, the entire week? Wait a minute, it’s a lot easier said than done. Especially for those of us who are self-employed and work from home - a day’s work is never done!

I’m naturally a busybody, so it was hard at first for me to accept defeat and carry myself up to bed for some much needed rest. I don’t know how I got my stubborn-ass to listen for once, but I totally blame the doctor’s orders for my (almost) lunchtime lie-ins.

Aside from the long overdue beauty sleep, don't disregard how much better you will feel after a lovely, hot shower (if you can), a spritz of your fave perfume or relaxing with a hydrating face mask. It's these little things that make such a difference, giving you that much needed pick-me-up. It's also the perfect opportunity for a marathon YouTube sub-box catch up and I (finally!) binge-watched the first season of Ozark – loved it. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, I got my blog-post-writing groove back again! Result. Just enjoy the break whilst it lasts, and remind yourself on a daily basis that time really is a healer.[/pipdig_padded_text]