Thinking it was just a head rush, I decided to ignore it and let it pass. Boy was I wrong.
OH SO WRONG. The next thing I knew, I was lying in the middle of the street surrounded by some friends and strangers, urging me to wake up. I finally managed to stand up, then I felt some liquid and what seemed like "rocks" in my mouth. I spat them out and there they were, some parts of my teeth and a whole lot of blood.
Also, my chin was cut wide open. And I had trouble closing my jaw. At that point I thought it was all a dream, a nightmare even. But nope. It was very real. I was fucked.
A couple of friends then immediately rushed me to a nearby clinic, where I had my chin treated. The doctor injected some local anesthesia around my chin, cleaned it up and immediately began sewing it up. I had a total of 9 stitches. FML.
It was already 4am by now, without wasting any time, a friend drove me to a nearby hospital (Damansara Specialist) for further treatment. This was where I had my jaw and skull X-ray-ed. After what seemed like an eternity, the doctor came out with my x-ray and briefly explained what was wrong. I must admit, I didn't really understand a word he was saying at that time. I was tired, I was in pain, and my mind was racing.
Collected my X-ray, and left. Throughout this entire ordeal, I was constantly spitting out blood mixed with my saliva, it just wouldn't stop. My friend then drove me back to the place of incident, I then drove home.
Not my actual X-ray, but it looks something like this...
Tried to sleep, which was hard as I was constantly salivating and had to wake up every 20-minutes or so to clear my mouth.
8:30AM the next morning, my gf drove me to another hospital (Tawakal). We didn't go back to Damansara Specialist as the specialist was on leave (srsly, WTF moment).
Got to the hospital, waited and waited and waited, then I was finally attended to. Oh, before that, I had to sort out of insurance paperwork as well. After all that, I was checked-in to my ward and cleaned up by the nurses.
A doctor came to see me shortly, he said that another X-ray session was necessary because the X-ray done in Damansara Specialist was pretty much shit. BUT, the "special" X-ray machine is only available in a hospital in Ampang.
This was when I had my first ambulance ride (not a thing to be proud of BTW), but yeah..got to see what is inside an ambulance and all.
Anyway, got the X-ray done, went back to Tawakal and passed the X-rays to the doctor.
Not long after that, the doctor came in, and began to explain what has happened and what needs to be done.
I basically fractured my jaw in 3 areas.
This is known as a "condylar fracture of the mandible".
How do we fix this? Surgery, physio and lots and lots of time.
I went into a surgery where I had a Titanium plate permanently implanted around my chin area. Then, the doctor "installed" what's known as a maxillomandibular fixation (MMF)or commonly known as "wiring the jaw shut".
MaxilloMandibular Fixation (MMF)
Next step consists of a strict all liquid diet, frequent check-ups, 8 weeks off work, and losing helluva lot of weight.
Will continue that in the next post. (Kudos to you if you read this entire post) :)