Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Evolution of a Bug.

The scans were clear. I have a flowery turbinate that bears watching, but that apparently can be a normal variation. Next flip-out comes in April, with CTs of my chest and belleh.

I also got the new obturator fitted yesterday. It works. It works wonderfully, in fact. So, in honor of the New Bug, a retrospective:

The obturator on the far left is the first one I had, the surgical one. The speech bulb was added later, and they had to change the position of the wire on its right side, hence the weird plastic outpouching. I broke off the wire on the top right by biting on it.

The obturator in the middle is the interim one. Note the thumb-sized snot channel, meant to drain away what doctors euphemistically call "secretions." You'll notice that it's narrower and longer than the surgical bug, as a result of my head healing and changing shape.

The obturator on the far right is the one I'm currently wearing. It's made of chromium nanowhatsit, some nonferrous material that's only found in conjunction with unobtanium. It's hollow to cut down on weight, and no, that hollow doesn't fill up with crap. I was amazed.

See how the shapes have changed as I've healed? You can't really tell from this picture, but the first Bug is so large I can't close my hand over it, and I wear a size 7 glove. The newest one is so petite and light that it feels like nothing. Plus, since it doesn't cover the backs of my front upper teeth, I can do things like bite into an apple.

Notamus loves the fabric I laid out as a background. He started milk-treading it just after I took this picture. Weirdo.

First obturator, alone. Damn, that was huge.

Second obturator, alone. That loop of metal inside the plastic speech bulb is meant to stabilize things. Look how tiny the obturator part is, and how fat the speech bulb is in contrast to the first one!

It's like I'm watching my own baby grow up, she says, clasping her hands to her breast.

Well. Enough of that. I've got sausage and potatoes and sauerkraut to eat. With my new obturator.


Middle-aged Diva (Carol) said...

Great holiday news! May it continue.

Middle-aged Diva (Carol) said...

Great news--may it continue!

messymimi said...

Glad to know things are going well with this.

bobbie said...

What a wonderful progression!! I'm so glad things are going so well ~ enjoy your yummies!!!

Penny Mitchell said...

Who would have thought, a year ago, that all of this would have worked out as it has? I was praying for it, but...I'm human. Prayerful but scared shitless. I am so thankful. SO THANKFUL.

Cr0w$C@lling said...

You could keep a few quarters for the toll roads in that thing ::: )

Rosanna said...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011:

The skill of Dr. Elf and the technology/materials behind your (progressively-streamlined) obturators is just............ absolutely *W.O.W.Z.E.R.S.*!! A year ago, I could hardly breathe, I was so worried about you pre- and postoperatively; but now I can't EVER remember being as ~ g.r.a.t.e.f.u.l. ~ to God yesterday (Tuesday) about ANYONE just bein' able to easily eat/taste/enjoy............ A Plateful Of Sausage And Potatoes And Sauerkraut for lunch............ as I was grateful about YOU, Jo, i.e., given *everything* that's happened to you, you know.

'Hope this coming April's scans----(and also all of your subsequent CT scans FOREVERMORE, and even beyond that!!)----are *clear*, too, i.e., S.O.M.E.O.N.E. has to keep all of us informed about............ Unscheduled (And Hilarious!) Early-AM Possum Visits Outside Of Scanning Central, (haha)!!

Cr0w$C@lling said...

....or a small thumb drive, maybe you could work at the skunk farm!

Elyse said...

Amazing. Both the craftsmanship of the obturators and the fact that you've gone from there to here in just over a year.