To be honest I'm not really tracking anything
I don't come on here very often so the signature is still the same as it was just after my surgery!
The numb spot is on the left side of my tongue, it's pretty small (about the size of an apple seed) and it just feels a bit tingly when I touch it. It doesn't bother me at all and I can still taste everything exactly as I did before.
The chin and lip - that does bother me sometimes. The numbness here is most likely related to the genio rather than the BSSO, and I knew it was a risk. The thing that most bothers me is not feeling a kiss properly. Other than that I have complete function in my lip, I can talk, eat, drink etc exactly as normal, and strangely, in cold weather I can feel my lip more than in warmer conditions! This gives me some hope that it might get better one day. The surgeon says that usually after 18 months, your nerves have recovered all they can. But he also said that as I'm older (31) it might take longer - the older you are the slower your nerves heal, so there's still hope, but I'm happy regardless of what happens!
At 7 weeks post surgery the entire lower half of my face was totally numb. It was about 3 months before I started getting full feeling back in my cheeks and around my jawline, so you're still pretty early on in the process. Biting your lip isn't just because of the numbness, it's partially due to muscle as well. Remember that your tendons and muscles will be used to the old shape of your jaw, and it will take a while for them to adapt to its new position. Also there will probably be some residual swelling, even if you don't notice it, so all of these things mean you will probably bite your lip, tongue, or cheek more than you would have done pre-surgery.
I remember how frustrating it was, I was in a permanent foul mood for about 3 months because I was so fed up of the after effects of surgery, so you're definitely not alone in feeling the way you do. Unfortunately I can't really explain how I managed because I don't think I did a particularly good job - my boyfriend got shouted at for no reason and I cursed an awful lot just because I was fed up! The only thing I can say is that it will get better and that talking to a sympathetic friend really helps!
One of my surgery buddies had some success with accupuncture - I haven't tried it yet but that's simply because there is no therapist in my town. I'm moving to the city in a few months so I might try it then - it can't hurt to try! I lived with ice packs strapped to my jaw for the first few months, not because of pain or discomfort but because I could feel them whereas I couldn't feel normal touch. I have no idea if this helped or hindered but I found it comforting, so you could try something like that? Just experiment and see what works for you
I think that because this surgery changed the way I look and how I eat, it will always be a part of my life. I am so, so, so glad I did it. I can eat without worrying now, and my profile is a hundred times better. I think in a few years time maybe I'll think about it less, but as I'm still seeing my orthodontist for check ups I'm still aware of everything. Does that make sense?
I hope this is some help. At 7 weeks you're still early on so please don't be too down about things. Everyone's recovery is different and ok, I've still got some numbness, but I honestly don't notice it anymore. You'll get through this!