So, the best news of the past couple of days is that I saw my OS yesterday and everything is fine! He said that my muscles are just trying to adjust to my new bite, and that's why it feels like I'm not biting into the splint. No crazy rubber band configurations, no being wired shut, just the same thing I've had for the past week. I know there was a very (very very very) tiny chance of him wiring me shut, but I'm sill so relieved!
Sunday I went out shopping with my mom for a couple of hours. We went to the outdoor mall, and it was really nice to walk around outside...even if it was cold. By the time we got home I was exhausted. I'm starting to feel like I have some energy, but I have no reserve energy, so I get tired quickly. My OS told me that this is normal and that it will take awhile to get those energy reserves back.
Swelling- I haven't seen much improvement in the swelling over the past few days. Sometimes I look at myself and think "wow, you look almost back to normal" (which I know is so not the case, it's just the vast improvements since days 1-5 that make me think this) and other times I think that I still look like a balloon.
Talking- I still don't think that I'm understandable...my OS had trouble understanding me, and you'd think he'd be used to listening to patients with splints and swelling! This needs to vastly improve before I go back to school or I'm going to be carrying a whiteboard everywhere I go!
Bruising- there is still a little bit of yellow along my bottom jaw and some bruising under my chin, but it's fading and is much less noticeable now.
Stitches- I haven't noticed any of my stitches dissolving and falling out, but my OS said that one already dissolved (a bit early) because he could see a tiny hole where it had been. It's nothing to worry about, I just have to make sure I keep my mouth clean, which I'm doing :)
That's pretty much all that's been going on. Here are some pictures (Day 13) for your viewing pleasure, haha.