Today was the day! The oral surgeon cut the wires on Ryan's jaw! As planned, he left the hardware on just in case there is an issue that would need to be taken care of. The hardware will be removed in 2 weeks if nothing comes up.
Jan and I were planning on taking Ryan to Flint, however, last night Jared offered to take him so we took the day off and let the boys go together. I sent the camera so they could get pics. They took some "before" pictures, and to be honest, they were just too scary to put on here!! Yikes!! So I will just share the "after" pics that I took this evening:
Look at that!! After 5weeks of being shut his mouth his open!! As I looked at this picture I realize the Tshirt he's wearing his pretty old...and Brad will probably recognize it!!
Here it is....the moment he's been waiting for....... look at that ooey gooey cheese!!! Does that not look like the best grilled cheese ever?!?!
This is the first time since the accident he has had solid food and he drank something w/o a straw!! Isn't that crazy to think about? If I remember correctly I think the last thing he ate was Subway for lunch on the way home.
His mouth doesn't open real wide yet...hard to believe for anyone who knows Ryan, I know!! Everything tasted good to him, he just didn't eat the crust of his sandwich because it was a bit too hard to chew.
Honestly, it was also a bit difficult for me to see him tonight. They may have fixed the jaw, but his teeth are not very straight. He also spoke with a bit of a lisp. It has been mentioned that he may need speech therapy, so maybe that will help. Also, with his jaw being open it was more obvious that left side of his face doesn't match the right. I am so thankful for the words that I read from my Aunt Mary this morning, "Although some things will never be the same, the important things will be better."
Since Jared took Ryan to Flint, I had the day off. My "day off" became our first day of school! Yep, our Christmas break, that began just after Thanksgiving, is now over! And we made it through 2 subjects!! It was good to be doing some of our "normal" activities again.