Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Thanks everyone for all of your wonderful comments and support. Some days are just tougher than others, I know you all know what I mean.
So, we have yet another snowstorm coming our way, I don't think spring will ever come. We have so much snow, I'm sure it will take till May to have it all melt. I keep telling myself that all of the shoveling is such good exercise (I have to get something positive out of it).

I have had a cleaning appointment scheduled for March 27th for a while now, I have held off canceling it just in case "something" came up with my surgery date. Good thing. At least something to look forward to. It's pretty pathetic when your looking forward to a teeth cleaning appt, huh?
I called the Ortho's office yesterday morning just to ask if they had latex free ligs. The secretary wasn't sure, but said she would have somebody call me back. Still haven't heard anything. At least I put a bug in their ears though.
Not much new to report about my teeth. I think I'll post another picture soon. Maybe comparing it to my last ones might make me feel like something small might be happening. He did put a heavy duty square wire in last time.
The small gap between my two front teeth still bugs me. I'm constantly putting my tongue up there and sucking any spit or drink that sits there. I know, it sounds gross I think it's a habit now. I'll have to try and be aware of when I'm doing it so I can try to stop.

Keep Smiling everyone!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Just another day...

It's been a few days, and I'm trying really hard to think positive. As disappointed as I am, how I feel is not going to change anything. I need to march forward and hope for the best. Thank you, for all the support you have sent my way:)

If you have been reading my blog for a little while, you will know that I have had a really hard time with my lips. They are still quite sore most of the time and after an adjustment, they get incredibly swollen and really hurt for several days after. During the really difficult weeks, I use the hydrocortisone ointment that the dermatologist recommended. It helps, but only briefly. So, I decided to try and research this a little more. Just recently, someone posted a message on Archwired, saying that they thought they were allergic to the archwire or the ligs because of swelling. Then, a few other people posted similar issues. The consensus seemed to be that it may be an allergic reaction to the elastic ligs. Now, I have never known I was allergic to latex before, but maybe my body has decided it doesn't like it anymore. I'm guessing now, when you go to the doctors, I'll bet most places use latex free. So, I'm going to check with the Ortho. First, to see if he uses latex free gloves and also to see if he has any latex free ligs. I hope he does just so I can see if this is the problem. If it isn't, I may just have to deal with the fact that the metal in the wires is the culprit. I'd like to be able to rule out the latex first though.

On another note, something else has been bothering me too. I wonder if anyone else feels the same way? I started this blog, and it has helped me immensely. The friends I have made and the support group we have, is invaluable. What bothers me though, is that I have told my family and friends all about it, I told them I write down what's going on, post pictures… and do you think they would ever go to it?? No! Just once I would like to be surprised by a message from them. I just don't understand why something that means so much to me, means nothing to them. Maybe this whole orthodontic journey has consumed me and they are sick of hearing about it. I just don't know! At least I have you guys! Thanks for letting me vent today:) I feel better already!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's Official...

My surgery has been postponed.

I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel right now. I’m at such a loss. I feel like the floor has just been pulled from underneath me. I know it’s not the end of the world… it just plain stinks though. I called the Oral Surgeon’s office hoping to get some information and he wasn’t in today so, I called my Orthodontist. His secretary said that it showed on the “screen” that my surgery had been canceled and that I had been notified this morning. Uh, it wasn’t me that was notified. She then transferred me to him.

So, he says that my bite was so bad, that he wants to get it as close as he can before surgery and he feels after looking at the new molds, I’m not there yet. I was very pleasant and told him I understood. What I really wanted to do was cry and plead my case. How can he do this? How can we be so close and then have it all left with no plan in mind? I’m crushed.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Only time will tell

It just hasn't been a good day.

I went to my appointment this morning and had the new bands put on, x-rays, molds, wax bite and the newest adjustment. My teeth and jaw are killing me. It's weird, after every adjustment, my lips get very swollen and really, really red. I must be allergic to something going on in there. So after all of that, he said he would look at the molds and get them over to the OS's office right away. He also had me schedule a date for my surgical hooks on March 12th. Aside from being sore, I left there feeling pretty good.
Now, comes the bad news…
My husband brought my daughter to her appointment this afternoon. While waiting for her adjustment, Dr. Post mentioned to him, that he is concerned that the cart got before the horse and is not so sure I'm ready for surgery. He says he is meeting with Dr. Weldon tonight to discuss my case.
I'm just at a loss for words! I wish they had communicated this before I was given a date and gotten my hopes up. I have scheduled everything already, the physical, the pre-op at the hospital, my vacation at work. Now it looks like I might be canceling all of it. So, both offices are closed on Friday, my guess is I won't be getting any information before next week sometime. Lucky me!
I know I need to be patient and make sure everything is aligned properly before the surgery, I'm just terribly disappointed.
I'll let you all know as soon as I hear something.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone:)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another day, another delay

I just feel so down lately. I want to get some concrete news so I have something to plan for. I am such a planner. It helps on vacations, but not a good thing for this journey!
I was all set to have my adjustment, molds and x-rays this morning BUT, due to this delightful weather we are having up here in New England, it's a no go for today. They said I could come in tomorrow at 9:45 instead. I know it's only a day, but I feel like everything seems to be falling out of place orthodontics wise.
The OS office just called and said the Insurance company really needs copies of my molds and x-rays. I'm trying! With my luck, the Ortho. will give me the go ahead and then the Ins. Co. will hold me up. UGGGHHHH!!! It's just a bad day. I'm tired and I'm sick of snow and ice!!! Come on Spring!
I'll post again tomorrow after my appointment, hopefully!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


I went to the orthodontists office today, to have the spacers put in between my lower back bottom molars. While I was there, I asked Dr. Post, if Dr Weldon the oral surgeon, contacted him about my upcoming surgery date. He said, NO. What?!?! No?? His office told me that they contacted him. UGH!!!! I’m scheduled next Wednesday to have the back bands put on, new x-rays and molds. Then, he said he’ll decide if I’m ready for surgery. You have to be kidding me! Then he’ll decide?? I already have my life planned…
He did ask when would be good for me. I told him March 24th works. I want this so bad. I want to be healed enough to go away on a nice vacation this summer without having to worry about eating, or lack of eating. Last summer was ruined by my last surgery. I mean, not ruined. I wanted it done, it’s just that I really wanted to plan a nice vacation and have this final surgery out of the way. The braces I can deal with, it’s the surgery looming over my head that I can’t stand.

I am going to be a wreck until I find out what he decides! I feel like crying.