I'm not exactly surprised that I have swelling after facial surgery. But somehow I didn't think I'd have this much. I took the baseball bandage off my forehead yesterday morning, and underneath, a whole new baseball was forming! Or maybe a small pillow. Anyway, my forehead is now very swollen.
I'm hoping it goes down by the time I fly to Florida on Wednesday. Otherwise I may scare my nieces!
The doctors told me to take paracetamol for pain, but as I've read on the Internet, apparently it doesn't do much for swelling. For that I'd need aspirin or ibuprofen, and they have other drawbacks. It's weird that it didn't happen right after the surgery -- it took about 24 hours, and then all hell broke loose. Last night I was reduced to watching "Mad Men" with a makeshift ice pack on my forehead.
As Dave pointed out, even minor swelling on the forehead -- an area where there's not much cushion and just a thin layer of tissue between bone and the world at large -- is going to look very obvious. If I'd had the surgery on a softer part of my body I wonder if I'd notice it as much.
Anyway, I spent most of yesterday on the couch again. Cleaned the house in the morning, did some more paperwork for our immigration application.
Remember how we were having a heat wave about a week ago? Well, our temperatures have since plunged down to the 50s (F)! A few days ago Dave and I were downright cold and I was walking around in a sweatshirt. Now we've moderated a bit -- today we're supposed to have a high of 73ºF. I may take Olga for a walk, depending on how I feel and how big my forehead is.
(Photo: Cricklewood, last weekend.)