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Just wanted to share my favorite book from this summer. This video is from the author and reminds us to “choose kind.” I loved the message and I loved reading the book. Thought it was an appropriate post from this blog in particular ;]

Well it seems like I am the designated picture up-loader  Which I guess makes sense since I take all the pictures! In the past week Evan finally got his splint out! To say YAY is definitely an understatement. I feel like this post will have way too many exclamation points, but this is an accomplishment and a turning point for Evan- so they are well deserved!!! We spent the morning in the city, waiting for his appointment. The night before it was supposed to snow, and so the joke was, if need be we were walking to NYC to get that splint out! I totally can see why, the minute it came out the relief in and ON Evan’s face was evident. It was as if all the muscles in his face instantly were able to relax after two months of holding tight and making sure everything was were it was supposed to be. Seeing him comfortable and smiling for real (there were smiles in the past 2 months but this time you could tell it was as genuine as could be) made me smile and realize everything he went through was worth it. His teeth touch, he is slowly starting to get back to a regular diet (no steaks or bagels yet- back to an almost normal “braces” diet) and he looked so relaxed, happy, relieved, and cosmetically everything looks almost normal. Of course there was NOTHING wrong with the way he looked before (hell I dated him for almost three years that way!) but this surgery was needed for functional reasons.

As an occupational therapy student I can truly appreciate the need for meaningful participation in functional activities, and chewing/eating is an activity of daily living- something you need to be able to participate in to live. This is not to say that Evan wasn’t eating prior to surgery for 23 years but improving that function will allow Evan to participate more fully- biting into apples, chewing normally, and preventing further jaw pain.

I will now step down from my OT soap box (thanks to one professor SBK for clearly influencing that whole paragraph- Jeff OT peeps you get that!) and go back to just being the girlfriend of one amazing guy, who I am very proud of for hitting this mile stone. WOOHOO for completing Step 1 on this journey that includes at least 5 steps (two more surgeries, teeth implants, and the removal of braces left to go!) I’m so glad I get to join you on it. ❤ Thanks to all the support Evan has had in the past two months especially- he is one step closer to his goal!

I won’t be posting for the next week as I will be working in a pediatric rehab center in Cuba (SOOO excited!)- I’m sure Ev will keep everyone updated if he has any changes!

Now without further adieu I give you 2 months post-op pictures (we are still waiting on professional post op pictures to compare! photo credits to Brittany for the hot dog pics!!!!!!)

So as I sit here clearly procrastinating studying for my 1st round of grad school finals (only anatomy and kinesiology lecture and lab left to go!) I find myself studying the jaw. How ironic. The muscles of mastication (that’s chewing!), the dysfunctions of TMJ (Evan has that!), bilateral articular disc popping (he has that too!), and how occupational therapists can help during these dysfunctions along with corrective jaw surgery (well what a coincidence!) I am trying so hard to actually study versus look up YouTube videos, read surgery blogs and compare prices for a blender, but the fact that I am required to study these things must be sign that I should be concentrating on the surgery right? Evan’s surgery is less than a month away… we hope. We have Hurricane Sandy to thank for a small change in plans… surgery may or may not be January 9th and may or may not actually take place at NYU. Evan’s new doctor doesn’t seem terribly worried, so maybe we shouldn’t be either, but who wouldn’t be with an unstable surgery date in LESS A MONTH. The next few weeks will be filled with both of us finishing our semesters, fun family filled holidays, a friend fill New Years, lots of picture-taking, can’t forget the kissing (TMI?) along with anxiety, nervousness, worried looks, a flurry of appointments and well wishes. Such a mix of emotions around such a wonderful time of the year. But in less than a month I will proudly be able to say that my boyfriend went through a hell of a lot the past year and took it like a trooper. I can’t wait to blend his food, and send him back to school next semester with a shiny new jaw.

Wishing everyone out there happy holidays no matter what you celebrate ❤

sincerely one very proud girlfriend XO