Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm Ready I'm Ready I'm Ready

This post is a tad late, but I had my appointment with Dr. Jenkins last Friday, and he said my mouth looks ready for surgery! *YAY*

He has to coordinate with his assistant surgeon to schedule the actual surgery, and wasn't able to get a hold of him during my appointment, but as of right now I have three possible dates: July 28th, 29th, or 30th! It would've/could've/should've been sooner, but I'm goin' campin' the 22-26!
So I still don't have an exact date, but we're getting closer. It's within my grasp.
My next appointment with Dr. Jenkins is the 17th of July, and I'm guessing they're taking all kinds of measurements and stuff.
I didn't really have any questions for Dr. Jenkins (because I've spent countless hours looking at jaw-blogs, and they've answered most of my questions), but I did ask him when I could start running again-- I'm on the cross country team at school, and my surgery is kind of in the middle of the season (but I'd rather have this surgery as soon as possible). He said I could start training again after two weeks, but given that I'd still be on a liquid diet it'd probably be hard to muster up the energy to train very hard, so I'd probably be able to REALLY start training again after a month. We'll see how that goes... heh.

Other than that, there's not much to report, except I'm kind of actually getting a little scared for the surgery. I've never really been afraid to get this surgery but all of the sudden my mind has gone into worst-scenario mode, like what if I wake up and the world is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? (see: The Walking Dead) I probably wouldn't last a day... this is a legitimate fear!

Monday, June 23, 2014


I had an orthodontist appointment today and...
I went in there fully expecting them to tell me that I'd have to wait until this fall to have my surgery, BUT.
Dr. C said I could have it tomorrow if it were absolutely necessary, and then he told me I could schedule a surgery date, as long as it was after the 15th of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I AM SO EXCITED. I was seriously prepared to wait until Christmas break to have my surgery, so this is just the best news of my life.

Dr. C said I just have a bit of a cross bite, because my top molars are behind my bottom molars. To try to fix that I got some 'bite blocks' put back there:

They're the blue things in the back of my mouth

They feel super weird. And my teeth only touch in two places when I bite now (which isn't a whole lot worse than before...)
*open bite intensifies*

This is me biting down with my bite blocks in place. I can basically stick my whole tongue through that opening... sigh. 

I have another appointment in two weeks!

After we got home, my mom called my surgeon, Dr. Jenkins, and we set up an appointment for this Friday to talk 'bout stuff. And we need to get my insurance stuffs re-approved, because it was only good for 90 days, and it's been longer than 90 days, but that should go smoothly.

I need to go find lots of smoothie recipes, and soup recipes, and milkshake recipes, and decide what TV shows to catch up on, and read more blogs, and plan my last supper, and tell everyone I know that I really truly am getting surgery this summer. I'M SO HAPPY. YAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Premature Posting

Hello blogging world,
I had an orthodontist appointment today, even though I wasn't scheduled for another one til the 23rd.
I had a bracket fall off (again) (pretty sure it was the same one that fell off last time).
It fell off Sunday (I think), my mom called the office Monday, and they were able to get me in today (Wednesday. They said it would've been Tuesday, but Dr. C wasn't going to be in the office, and he had to be there to replace a bracket.)
So I walked into the office, with my mom, because she was gonna ask Dr. C about a timeline for surgery. I walked in there not quite emotionally ready for what he would say.
I got news I could deal with.
He said it all depends on if my jaws will expand.
At the latest we're looking at being ready by October, which means surgery could be during Fall Break or Christmas Break?
Or if a miracle happens I could actually maybe be ready this summer.
Dr. C said he'd let me know if a summer surgery would be attainable at my NEXT appointment.
Either way, I'm happy I got a definite answer. I mean, summer would be preferable, because I'd like to get this over with ASAP.
Still, there's a little piece of me that keeps saying, "What if he's lying? What if we'll be stuck in braces FOREVER?" But I think it just needs to be quiet.