Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mind the gap?

Hello all!!

I just wanted to update with a couple images of my teeth at the moment. I have noticed that a gap has formed between two of my bottom teeth.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Piss off Blog #2 I hate my University

Hey everyone!
So today was suppose to be the last day of exams for me. I had an astronomy exam this morning. I stayed up all night last night as I had another exam ending at 10pm last night. Anyway, I went in, wrote the exam in 45 minutes and right when I finished some idiot pulled the fire alarm and made a bomb threat. So although I signed out, everyone needs to redo the exam, new format, next weekend!! I was so close to booking my wisdom tooth extraction next thursday too, good thing I didn't. My school is known for these occurrences. To add to the story, yesterday a girls body was found in one of the houses on campus. I'm sorry I'm just really mad at the moment. I was suppose to have two weeks off before summer term but now I have to write another exam. My school is really something special.

On a lighter note, I went out into civilization for the first time today since having braces. It felt very weird, I have to admit. When I was talking to my friends, every time I smiled I felt like my braces stuck out of my face. Good thing they are clear so you can't tell from a distance. It is going to take some getting used to.

Anyway thanks for reading, hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Life with Braces

I got my braces on tuesday and I have to admit I am getting used to them. Just wanted to make a quick post and say this to everyone with braces:

If you don't have a waterpik, then you are missing out big time!! This thing has become my new best friend. I don't know what I would do without it, it gets everything out of the braces so you don't have to brush your teeth while rubbing bits of food between them. It's really amazing <3

I also booked my wisdom teeth removal. It's May 20th at 8:00am!
The wheels are rolling!!

Now back to studying!
Later peeps!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Please welcome me to the brace face world!!!

I got my braces!!! ahhhhhhhh!!!
I couldn't believe it
I went in to finalize the plans and they actually got me in today for braces.
First off they feel really weird.
They don't really hurt.
The wire is heat activated so if I have pain I just eat something cold and it helps. They don't hurt really, I feel pressure but its no big deal if you've had the pain of having a bite issue. Anyway I got clear ceramics.
I can also do a price breakdown.
This is approximate:
  • Braces : $7000
  • Wisdom Teeth: $1300
  • Double jaw surgery + genioplasty: $3500
Please keep in mind that in Ontario and most of Canada from what I know, the surgical part in hospital is covered by provincial health care. OHIP is covering all my hospital fees. That is all a total of nearly $12 000 that I am paying. In the end it will be worth it to have a normal jaw.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Emergency Piss off blog

Ahhhh So I'm in the middle of exams, and I've been studying pretty much most of the day everyday. Anyway thats not the point, the point is my jaw is killing me!! The pain is beyond annoying. Ever since I stopped taking painkillers a few months ago it has been hell. I have been spending, on average, 2-3 hours a night trying to fall asleep. The pain is the worst at night, probably from talking all day and doing things that use my jaw, like eating. Well anyway, this term has not been fun with this jaw pain. I noticed something strange recently while I've been going through all this jaw stuff. On my right side, you can see how far out the bottom jaw comes, yet on the left side its not out nearly as far. I don't know if other people have this same issue, its very weird looking lol. Anyway the right side is where I get all the pain, I'm not sure if thats why.
Anyway yeah thats whats up. As I write this I can't explain the pain my jaw is in. I feel it spreading through my head and neck. I have an exam in less than 8 hours, I still have't slept at all, and I pray to God that I won't wake up feeling any worse, if I do get around to going to bed.
The End.

P.S. I apologize to everyone who has up until now thought my name was Vero. Its Terra. It's a long story that I will explain at a later time, involving travel, and foreign people not being able to pronounce Terra, they looked like they were in pain every time they tried saying it. So yes I used Vero. I don't know why I had it on this blog, this account is old. Anyway yes so hello world, I am Terra :)
I promise this is the end, goodnight, or morning or whatever time it may be.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hello World + Monkey business

First I just wanted to say.....
So I was at the surgeon yesterday, trying to understand why oh why I need double jaw surgery instead of just having the top jaw moved. I'm staring at the image and I'm like "well, can't we just move the top jaw?" The surgeon responds, " Well we could and your jaw will likely work out fine but you will look like a monkey, the whole bottom half of your face will stick out." Well that reason is good enough for me.

So as of yesterday I have been aware of the fact that I am getting double jaw surgery, genioplasty, braces, and 4 wisdom teeth removed. I have to admit I am trying not to let it get to me but I think I was in bed for 3 hours last night thinking about the fact that the bones in my face are going to be rearranged. Scary. Well anyway I woke up today feeling a lot better about it. The initial shock will continue to fade I'm sure. I have 3 finals left in the next 10 days so I have taken action to disconnect myself from the world for the time being.
I have become known for deactivating facebook, and throwing my phone under my bed or some unaccessible place in order to avoid distraction. I might not update my blog again until after these finals are done, but my next update will be filled with lots of important information regarding the future of my face.

Just in case you didn't see my last update video, I have been so lucky as to not only need upper jaw surgery, but also lower jaw surgery and genioplasty. Looks like this summer I will be getting my wisdom teeth out as well.

Upon talking to my brother about this whole situation he responded with, "Oh so you're going to look like the bride of Frankenstein?" He always puts such a positive spin on things. This child has been gifted with absolutely no health related issues, and I have been fortunate enough to have them all. From allergies, to jaw issues, to breathing issues, broken bones, many visits to the ear nose throat doctor, etc. I've already had a couple surgeries but nothing like jaw surgery. I'm hoping the jaw surgery will also correct my breathing as I have had sleep apnea in the past as well, it comes and goes. All in all, I'm just going to take the good with the bad and try to see it all through rose coloured glasses.

The one thing that does suck, is that during this process I will have to stay homeward bound for sure. I can foreshadow many visits to the orthodontist etc, in the next two years. I really wanted to look into doing an international exchange for a year in Australia as this is where half of my family is, but looks like that won't be happening. I'm instead fast tracking so I can finish a term early and go there for a while once I'm done my degree and my jaw is in place. To all the Aussies who read my blog, you live in the most amazing place. Oddly enough, I appreciated Canada most when I was in Australia. I think I just want to travel the world and take in all the amazing views.

Thanks for reading, hope you are all keeping well, and I will be back in 10 days :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011