It's been 14 days since my lap-band surgery. It's also been 14 days since I chewed anything. Everything I've put in my mouth since the day before surgery has been liquid, puree or mush. None of which requires the use of my teeth or my jaw to get it down my gob.
When I put a piece of my favourite gum in my mouth while rushing to catch my chariot I'm pretty sure I had a taste of trismus . More commonly known as lockjaw, the muscles just weren't prepared for any kind of movement. There was pain and cracking and lots of things that just shouldn't happen when I'm chewing.
So, I had to slow things down. I had to teach myself to chew without causing myself any pain. Needless to say, I couldn't chew it long and got rid of it in minutes. Considering I'm not even supposed to be chewing gum (or anything else), I pretty much got off easy.