Every milestone counts... big and small

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Although some days are better than others, everyday gets easier and easier. And when I’m having a moment of doubt and self pity I remind myself how far I’ve come already. Today marks day 10 and right now, this very moment I’m eating a banana. Not cut up into pieces and sprinkled over yogurt; I’m biting into it whole and chewing away. This feels huge to me! It’s the first thing I’ve actually bitten into. Chewing still feels a bit awkward and forced and slow, but I’m happy with my “accomplishment” today and I really wanted to share! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!!!
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lisa j Llewellyn

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CONGRATULATIONS...yes it is a milestone.and great job taking it slow. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
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ohmyword30

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Thank you Lisa! Funny how some as small as eating a banana can feel so good (I don’t even like bananas) but It really does feel like a tiny taste of normalcy. Just another sign that everything Is going to be just fine.
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lisa j Llewellyn

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Definitely true..I remember within my first week or two I got so sad that I couldn't eat a tiny little piece of peach in chunky yogurt...lol
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charlie brown

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My first time eating eggs made me feel like a champ.
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ohmyword30

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There’s definitely a LOT of trial and error, frustration and pain. But every small victory helps to propel forward. And damn does it feel good!!!
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Donna

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Ohmyword30, You are such an inspiration. It is good to hear you are doing well. I have an appointment on Monday for extractions and immediate upper dentures. Trying to keep my bottom teeth. My mind is racing overtime about how long healing takes because I have a vacation in September and my son’s wedding in November. I was going to postpone the dental work but then one of my front teeth actually broke and the the dentist said the other teeth are not good for a bridge and no good for implant on the top because i have lost a lot of bone. I just want to look decent for the wedding.
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Donna thank you so much. And congratulations on beginning your journey. I know how scary and hard it is. Staying positive isn’t always easy, but each day I’m becoming more and more comfortable with the situation. I understand completely how you feel. I thought my problems were largely in the back, until January when I broke a tooth, front and center. I finally bit the bullet and went to the dentist already knowing what he was going to tell me. Money, fear, shame. Those are the things that stopped me from doing something sooner. Maybe denial too. As long as my front teeth were whole I felt I had time. Just 10 days in and I feel so much better about it. I had hardly any swelling and the pain I encountered was largely sore spots developing from the denture and some minor residual soreness in my jaw... but honestly nothing compared to an infected tooth. There are some things aesthetically I wish were just slightly different But as things settle and adjustments are made I like the look of them more and more. I’m still learning not to hide my face when I laugh and smiling feels a bit forced... I guess it’s just been a while lol. Healing takes time too. My stitches are just starting to dissolve over the past couple days. My dentist said it’ll be another couple of weeks before I’ll be healed enough for adhesive and a possible reline. And of course things will continue to change for a long while still. Posting updates and getting feedback has been absolutely essential in helping to get me through the ups and downs. If you need advice, have questions, are having a good or a bad day, we’re all here to help and cheer you on. Best of luck to you on Monday, let us know how you’re doing.
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For me, the pain was the easiest part. I healed great. I have had more pain from my lower partial than the surgery. All that takes is an adjustment and you’re better. Ups and downs, but I feel like after the temps are gone it will actually be fine
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Thank you all for the support. I am so happy that I found this site. It is good to know that there are others who understand what we are going through.
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I agree Charlie. I took half a hydrocodone the first 4 nights just because I wasn’t sure if I’d have issues sleeping. For the last 4 years I would grind my teeth something fierce so I was really concerned I would hurt myself or bust open the stitches. Otherwise I rotated between Toradol (prescribed anti inflammatory) and Tylenol.

Donna, this group has really helped me to keep a positive attitude and I’m so grateful to have stumbled across too. You’re definitely not alone :)
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Donna you will be fine and WILL get through this. You're a warrior woman and don't forget it! It takes 6 mths to a yr for the gums to recede. Unfortunately they slowly recede after that when losing teeth for the rest of our lives. Please don't panic. I'm sure you will get temporary soft relines but I recommend you book one in advance about a week to a few days before the wedding. As you are the Mamma bear for the wedding you may be busy with wedding details so book close enough to the date when you have time but also give yourself a few days in case you need an adjustment just before the wedding. That should make your upper feel snug for the celebration and not worry about discomfort and not able to get it adjusted. Concentrate on the wedding that will hopefully help keep you distracted . Please take note of this on your calendar or somewhere. Congratulations to soon being a mother in-law! :)
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I'm also day 10
This has been an experience to say the least but a banana is a huge deal !! I've been to scared to try anything chewing wise but I just may give it a go after seeing this ..thank you for sharing
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Things that have helped me relearn how to chew are mashed cauliflower, a nice ripe avocado (sliced), cottage cheese, things of that nature. I may try out some good ole Kraft Mac and cheese for lunch. While I’m sure I look ridiculous chewing, if feels good knowing that I can and that in time it will be second nature again. Take it slow and if something doesn’t work out don’t get discouraged, you can always try again another time.
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lisa j Llewellyn

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That's it exactly, try...if it doesn't work today give it a try another day
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Awesome news!  You don't realize pre-dentures how much we took eating for granted, but to be able to eat salads and real food with dentures is the best feeling ever!  Keep up the good work!
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Thank you Positivity!!!