Since Madison Hildebrand broke his jaw last month, the Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles star has been inching his way back to normal — something that certainly hasn't been easy, he exclusively told The Daily Dish. "My mouth is free, which is exciting, but it's still a healing process I was not prepared for," he said. "I can't really eat. My stomach has shrunk. My mouth, if I open it to wide, I get electrocuted. It is not exactly what I was expecting."
The injury occurred while he was in Arizona for his nephew's birthday party, he said. "It was a pool party and I was sitting next to the diving board and my 14-year-old cousin went and jumped off and did a frog-leg jump and his knee clipped the back of my right jaw bone under my ear and did a clean fracture," he recalled. "And I got [knocked] out, a concussion and, obviously, fractured my jaw."
It happened on a Saturday and by the following Tuesday he had surgery, getting his mouth wired shut in the process. "It's been one of the most challenging things I think I've personally emotionally have had to endure," he added.
While he's tried to maintain a positive attitude throughout the ordeal, there have been struggles for him, including eating and exercising. "I'm talking with a grill and that's very frustrating," but he notes "I had a lot of really lovely support. I was really surprised by how much love and support I had from my friends and clients that were very supportive, that brought me meals and took care of me. And so I only lost 2 pounds, which is fantastic and most of it's muscle. But I'm now free and I'm still in shock that I can't eat [like I used to]. So it's all sorts of fun surprises."
What's next for Madison is a waiting game and a process that is currently unfolding. "My teeth aren't aligned correctly. I think it's just like with any bone, when you break it it's going to take while to build the muscle strength and coordination," he said about the current challenges. "My biggest concern is that my mouth isn't lined up. My teeth are off an eighth of an inch, so when I bite down it's not even a normal bite."
Madison has had broken bones before, "but this case has slowed me down without an option and Madison doesn't do well when he's not busy or productive. But I really had to learn in the beginning that I was, I'm down for the count here. So I just had to really acquiesce to the fact that I can't talk. I really shouldn't be around people. I don't drink or have a social life. All the guys I was dating sort of disappeared because when you can't talk or go on a date and it was relatively new relationships, so no one serious enough that would want to take care of me or that I wanted to be in my house for that long. So it's like I feel like I'm starting my whole dating life over. But in some ways I realize that ... it cleans it out [with those guys]. We'll see. It's just been a big shift for over a month of my whole year of 2016 and its going to go on for probably two."
Still Madison isn't letting it stop him. He has nearly a month of traveling ahead of him beginning in the middle of this month, and he shared that he felt "overwhelmed" by the whole process. "It is definitely a new experience," he said, "and not one I wish or want to ever experience again."
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