Day 76

My sister's bridal shower was Saturday night, even though her wedding isn't for a month. Unfortunately, I have two courses that are required for graduation that I have to take in northern Minnesota and will be staying at a forestry center those three weeks, arriving home only 6 days before the wedding. Therefore, both her bachelorette party and bridal shower had to be a month in advance. SO annoying that it had to be arranged around my silly school schedule, but I am so thankful I was able to attend both!

My mom's camera is really messed up, so I am sorry that all of the pictures are totally different color tones!

Eating is something I really don't even pay attention to anymore. My only focus is keeping food out of my braces, so I typically don't bite into things with my front teeth (that's just ASKING for food to jam into the brackets) and have also continued to stay away from hard veggies and steak. I am eating other crunchy things like softer nuts (think cashews instead of almonds) and granola. It takes me more effort than it used to, but I can eat everything just fine!

My left TMJ has been bothering me lately. I have no idea why, but it seems sore a lot more often now. Bleh, hoping it's just part of the healing process and the pain won't stick around....

I will be out of town for 3 weeks, but will still attempt to post when I can. I will have internet access and will be keeping up with everyone's blogs, but I probably won't have a ton of time for commenting, so I apologize in advance!

Catherine and Brent; I am SO excited for you to both be getting surgery! I may not get online before you go in for surgery but I want to wish you the absolute best of luck and I will be checking in as soon as I can!! :) xx !

I really am officially running out of things to talk about, and it's WEIRD!


  • Braced Blogger | August 8, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Dani - you look so beautiful! your journey is almost over as you head into this final phase of recovery. good luck finishing your final courses! what are you taking by the way? i hope to see you on here when i get closer to surgery. It's been great reading your blogs and following your journey. It's funny how blogging with the same people on a regular basis well sort of feels like we have developed a friendship. I'll be sad when you and the others who I've been following are beyond this chapter in their life but at the same time very happy that for you all the day is coming soon.

    I'm sure you'll be back on after classes are over but if you want to email anytime my address is

    Have fun at the wedding also and take some pics!

  • Nora Simone | August 8, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Ohmygosh! You are so so pretty! I still can't get over how the time seems to have flown since your first week posts. Congrats to you on your many achievements and to your sister on her upcoming wedding. I'm so happy for you!

  • Sarah | August 9, 2011 at 3:43 AM

    You look sooooooo pretty! Seriously, you look amazing. I would LOVE to look as good as you after surgery!

    Tara I agree, it'll be sad when all the people I've been so used to following slowly start to disappear from blogger as they get to move on with their lives and stop thinking about jaw surgery 24/7! I can't wait til I'm at that stage, but I'm sure jaw surgery will always be something I'm interested in and I'll still be checking in every now and again!

  • Dani | August 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Tara, I am a wildlife biology major with an environmental science minor, so I have a plant course and a field methods course to take this summer. I will absolutely continue following all of you who are getting surgery in the future! I sign on every day and check the latest posts, so even if I am not always commenting (right now I am INSANELY busy) I am still ALWAYS reading. I agree that we have formed a friendship and I am excited to see you through the whole surgery process and will still be around if you have any questions or want to chat about anything! Thank you for your email address by the way! Mine is, so feel free to email me about anything!

    Nora, Thank you!!

    Sarah, You are so sweet. I am FINALLY getting used to the new face and finally liking it!!

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