I must say that this whole wisdom teeth removal adventure has been very anti-climactic. Judging from past experiences from friends and family and according to information from the, dentist, oral surgeon, and associates, I fully expected my face to swell up Godfather-style, to be either entrenched in pain or benumbed by painkillers, and to generally be laid up.
None of that has happened. I stopped taking the painkiller after the first day because it made me nauseous and absolutely exhausted. I've had little to no pain since, and no noticeable swelling (I've continued to take the ibuprofen to help prevent that). I ate non-chew foods the first few days, like protein smoothies, yogurt, pudding, and (my favorite!) slow-churned birthday cake-flavored ice cream. Today, a mere three days after surgery, I ate salad. Crispy, crunchy, and delightfully chew-worthy salad!
The surgery didn't even stop my activity. I've continued to take the pups out for much-needed hikes, and have done some workout videos (yay for Zumba!) and yoga. Soon I'll even be able to brush my teeth normally again, but I'll try not to get too crazy.