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Re: Dilaudid wishingstar

Posted by SandyWeb on April 29, 2007, at 13:28:00

In reply to Re: Dilaudid SandyWeb, posted by wishingstar on April 29, 2007, at 11:52:04

Hi wishingstar,

Don't worry about taking awhile to get back to me. We don't all check the forms every day. *smile* But thanks for the response.

My daughter has braces, so the wires were connected through those. That's probably why she didn't have the acrylic plate like you did.

Yes, I can't imagine what it's like to be choking on something as stupid as water....but not being able to open your mouth and spit out the excess water in your mouth. She was gagging and coughing with her eyes running, and then she just stopped and swallowed the rest of the water in her mouth and coughed a bit more. And then she cried a lot. That really scared her. She just had a stitch come out last night, and it came out on the INSIDE of her mouth. She was terrified to swallow it after the water incident. So she worked for a VERY long time trying to pass that stitch through some spot between her teeth. She finally got it out. Poor girl.

My daughter had a lot of work done. The x-rays are amazing. Both jaws were broken, and it looks like someone took a pair of scissors and just cut straight down through the jawbone on each side of her chin....separating the bone....and the same on the upper jaw but with much more "stuff" happening up there. The separated bones are now held together with titanium plates, but that's only at the very top. The rest of the bone, all the way through, is not joined at all. I guess it will take awhile for the bones to "fuse" back together? They also shortened her upper lip, and there are tons of inside stitches all around her nose, and then the titantium plates for the upper jaw right below all that. And then there are little plates and stitches back further in her mouth, plus she had the wisdom teeth cut out. I can't imagine being able to handle that kind of pain on just Tylenol, but the surgeon did say that it wasn't a normal jaw breaking. They really did a lot of work in there. One thing I'm concerned about, though. She says that she can feel the tip of one of the titanium plates in the upper jaw sticking outside of the gum! How can that be unless it shifted? It shouldn't be sticking out, even just a little, right??

Yes, it sounds like you had the same prescription oral rinse that we have. She says it doesn't make her legs feel like they're floating anymore. So weird because she didn't even swallow the stuff! Lol. I guess it tastes pretty awful!

I have a feeling she will lose a lot of weight because she is hardly drinking anything. And there is not ANY space ANYWHERE to get soft foods in her mouth. She is getting headaches from her jaws clenching together so tightly, and there is nothing she can do about it. She's been drinking Instant Breakfasts, Yops, hot chocolate, chocolate milk. I have a ton of apple juice and cases of Ensure, but she won't touch those. I'll have to get her some other type of juice. And I tried softening up some ice cream and adding whole milk, but even the little globs of hardened ice cream in the drink caused her trouble. I just hope she doesn't have to be rehospitalized!

Anyways, she has Dilaudid (which I mix with grape Tylenol) for pain, Naproxen for inflammation and pain, pseudoephedrine for her stuffy nose, a nasal spray to clear her nostrils if she bleeds again, the oral rinse, and Gravol for nausea. And do you realize that one of the least expensive meds on that list is the Dilaudid???? Seems unreal!

Thanks for writing back.

God bless,




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