Saturday, May 23, 2009

Feeling Frustrated

Well, I went to the orthodontist on Thursday and I knew it was going to be a longer visit (probably about 30 mins) as they were putting brackets on my last four teeth. Well, it turned into over an hour! It just seemed like everything was taking forever (which is not fun when they have that huge-ass plastic thing in your mouth stretching it out so I look like a big mouth bass or something). Ha! They ended up taking another bracket off (and I swear it felt like they were going to actually pull my tooth out with it) and repositioning it. And with the new wires in, the ortho said they would only put the powerchain on my front six bottom teeth. This worked out nicely in closing the very large gap that had formed between my front two teeth from the rubberbands I had been wearing (from upper back teeth to lower front teeth), but let me tell you, that space closed in less than 24 hours and boy did it feel like it. Very sore!! But, I kinda like the pain. Means it's working faster. :) But, anyway, the space basically moved back to where it had been originally: between my 3rd and 4th tooth on the bottom. Very annoying.. But onto the frustrating part..
I had originally thought that it was extremely likely that I would be getting the surgery after this past tax season. And lately, I have been told another 3 mos or so.. Ok, I could deal with that.. So this most recent visit, I asked the ortho again and now he is saying it will definitely be "more than a few months". Which I responded (in hopefully a not-too-bitchy tone!! hey, I did smile when I said it! ) that I am starting to get very impatient! He said it comes with the territory and he understands, but that they can only move my teeth as fast as my body will allow (or something like that). So I explained to him that I really want to have this done by November b/c I don't want to have to wait until after NEXT tax season. To which he proclaimed "November is a definite possibility". Ok, don't like the use of the term "possibility". But, I guess I'll take what I can get at this point.
The thing is, I know I don't want to rush something like this. And I can deal with the waiting (although I am an extremely impatient person - always have been). It's just, as I explained in my last post, I will be so upset if it's not until next year b/c I could have gotten the short-term disability insurance. In other words, I would have not had to use any of my own vacation or sick time. Well, I guess I should just stop bitching and realize there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Hopefully everything will start moving a little faster now with the new brackets and wires. We shall see.
I have to say, even though I am jealous, it has been exciting that everyone and their mother seems to have gotten the surgery in the past week or two. Everyone's looking great and I can't wait to see the final outcome. I do feel for them though.. Man, it just sounds like the first week is so hard.
Well, it's now been close to a year and a half with these braces on. Hopefully I will have the surgery before the 2 year mark or things could get ugly. :) I will keep you posted as I find out more. Will be following along closely to all you "lucky" ones on the other side. Sending prayers your way!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Back from the Dead (aka Tax Season)

Ok, this time it really has been an eternity. But the hell that is tax season has finally ended and I am back to having a life again (Man is that nice!). In fact, I have one very good piece of news... I passed the CPA exam! What a nightmare all that studying was, but it is finally over and I NEVER have to deal with that again (thank god!).

So, anyway, more importantly, how are the braces going you ask.. It has been quite frustrating for some time now. The gaps on top closed up pretty quickly and I have not been wearing a power chain on top for quite some time now (several months at least). In fact, I am not wearing any bands on top at all. Instead of the bands the ortho decided to put thin metal wires around all my brackets and I have to say, I love it. Those damn bands would get so dirty and gross no matter how good I was about brushing and rinsing etc. I think they decided to do that since I would call in like every two weeks and ask to have them replaced since they were not clean anymore. In other words, I think I may have gotten a tad bit annoying. :-) (hehe I know, not me, right?)

But these freakin bottom teeth are being such a pain in my ass. They STILL have not closed and it just feels like it is taking an eternity. I asked the ortho this past Thu how much longer till I can see the surgeon (which will mean I am basically ready for surgery) and she said 3 - 4 months. That will be fine with me if that is actually the case. But, I had thought that I would be ready for surgery right after tax season so I am getting a little frustrated to say the least. All I know is I better be ready by November at the latest b/c otherwise I will have to wait till after next tax season. Not only would the waiting be unbearable but I would be beyond pissed since that would mean I could have gotten the short term disability insurance (or whatever it's called) from Aflac (you have to have it for at least a year before you can use it apparently).

Well, I guess it's best not to think about those things. There is absolutely nothing I can do about it and it really does seem that my bottom teeth have moved quite a bit just since just this last Thu so I am starting to get a little more hopeful now. Maybe they are past that slow-moving stage and are finally on a roll now. :) Anyway, I would like to say I am really happy for Aimee (? I think that is right - full name Ananda) who will be having surgery in less than a week. I have followed her since I started on here b/c she got her braces on only a few days before me. So rather than being jealous :) I am foremost happy for her and also, hopefully that can only mean that maybe my day isn't too far off!! hehe

Since this has turned into a book, I will wrap it up now, but I promise, now that I actually have free time, I will try to update more frequently. Hope to hear from all of you fellow brace bloggers! :)