Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers this last week and always. My surgery last week went well for the styloidectomy which was truly strangling the vein and nerves exiting the jugular foramen and had grown attached to the back side of my mandible (as did the first side).
I had the very typical recovery with 2-3 days of jaw and ear soreness, limited mouth opening and sore throat from the nerve monitoring. True to the advice from many on this forum, staying elevated, ice and self lymph drainage keep the swelling at bay and things are going well! I did not have first bite syndrome, maybe because this is the second side and my mandible is free now - yay!
My recovery is further complicated by a large skull base CSF leak repair done at the same time and is a much bigger problem (and the more painful part for sure) but hopefully will improve with these pesky styloids out of the picture! Just have to let things settle and see what remains.
Thank you again for all of your thoughts and prayers, this is a wonderful place of support and encouragement Be well