SP20 Jaw Accident Pic 3
Throwback to when I wore bunny rabbit ice packs after my jaw surgery!

 

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 Fun fact: Grace’s family are ardent Packers fans, and as I type this the Packers-49ers game has just started. Where does my football allegiance lie? With Arsenal FC.

Yes, it’s been rough going for several (read “many”) years for us Gunners fans, but who knows…

Anyway, here are some updates on my jaw recovery:

Last Monday was my first day back at VCS. Although I’m not teaching classes yet, I’m spending more and more time at school and in the classrooms. My coworkers at school have gone above and beyond to make accommodations for my recovery. Thanks guys! 🙂

Last Thursday I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon, who said that despite the severity of my fractures my recovery is progressing surprisingly well! Praise God. I still can’t chew, so smoothies and blended meals are still the order of the day, but hopefully in two weeks or so I’ll have a procedure to remove the metal wiring in my mouth (in my gums, actually) and return to the Land of Solid Food. No visas required.

Also, at a previous follow-up appointment my ENT doctor confirmed that my right eardrum is ok! When I fell my jawbone punctured my ear canal outside the eardrum, which is why I was bleeding out of my ear, but the eardrum itself is ok. I am very thankful for this outcome especially as a musician and music teacher.

So between now and the procedure in about two weeks, my surgeon gave me a jaw stretching exercise to regain full range of motion. I’ll continue to work on building up stamina so that I can return to full-capacity at work. Our current plan is to stay with Grace’s parents until I’m back to regular food.

Grace and her family are tired but doing ok, still taking care of me cheerfully and willingly! Grace is still dealing with seizures and migraines, and a heavy workload from school, but she continues to demonstrate incredible inner and outer strength and beauty every day. She inspires me and I learn so much from her!

Thank you all as always for your prayers and support. God brings us into each other’s lives so that we can encourage one another and spur each other on to good deeds. May God continue to shape us to become more like Jesus each day!

10 thoughts on “To Chew or Not to Chew

  1. Great news, Ivan! You are recovering wonderfully—looks like the hand of God to me! Good you’re back at school. Blessings on the rest of the family. Still praying for Grace. Go niners! 😉
    Linda Laidlaw

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    1. So thankful for the good, encouraging news and as always,than has ful for yiur faith in God and positive out look on life as you grow through this experience God has trusted you with.

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  2. Ivan,

    What a miracle that your ear is OK! May you continue to teach others and glorify God with your giftedness in music! What you wrote is already coming true…God is using the experiences you and Grace have to spur us all on to good deeds. Thank you both for being His messengers!

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  3. Ivan,

    What a miracle that your ear is OK! May you continue to teach others and glorify God with your giftedness in music! What you wrote is already coming true…God is using the experiences you and Grace have to spur us all on to good deeds. Thank you both for being His messengers!
    Samantha Elliott

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  4. So happy you have been able to return to school but not full time yet. Be sure to give your body time to recover. It is amazing that your ear drum was not damaged. Praise the Lord for this. This is definitely a difficult time for all of you but you are both handling it well. Praise the Lord for both sets of parents who are putting their lives on hold to take care of you and Grace. Prayers continue for all of you.

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