Friday, 21 August 2009

Long time, no see!

Hello all,

So it has been a rubbish couple of months for me blog-wise; after the internet repeatedly disappearing in my flat (it's back on now), then having to seriously knuckle down for the end-of-year exams (all passed), as well as Dad finally receiving a kidney transplant after 4 years of waiting (not quite out the woods yet and working, but still incredible), and now Mum having minor surgery today (phew!), I have massively fallen behind in my updating - which is what I swore I didn't want to do after experiencing the disappointing dwindle of so many blogs post-surgery. And I can't believe how many surgeries and updates I have missed - will definitely catch up. But I'm sure you'll all forgive me under the circumstances.

So the state of my jaw today is... well, pretty much fully functional with no areas of numbness or even tingling. I can open it as wide as pre-surgery as well as even still touch the tip of my nose with my tongue. I am one lucky girl.

The last few months have been agonising however for a new reason; I'd gotten used to the braces pre-surgery and with the big date looming you don't even imagine life after de-bracing. But once the big day comes and goes and you're well recovered, it's ALL I can think about. And it's not even as though they are doing much - literally half-millimetres of tweaking and fine tuning. Promptin me to ask my consultant whether anyone had proposed a study of the correlation between orthodontists and incidence of OCD...

But.. the great news is...


I honestly can't wait and will have pics of pre-and post- up for comparison once I get round to taking them.

As for how this whole process has affected my life? Well...

1. Looking at old photos of myself is incredibly weird. Like it's not me. Not the reaction people assume I have looking in the mirror now - quite the reverse. I can't get over how *bad* I looked; pictures that I'd thought were OK (they were, just the best of a bad situation) I now can't believe I felt that way about. For ages, I felt a bit funny about my new face, but I am super-used to it now, and thrilled.

2. Life still goes on. I found I had the same problems and dramas pre-surgery, but a combination of feeling more myself due to the sugery and the wonderful counsellor I see through uni have given me the confidence to do something about it.

3. Have patience! Invariably, the process will take a lot longer than you expect. But it's worth it and patience means better results, no matter how frustrating!!!

4. Even now, 5 months after surgery, I'm still seeing old friends for the first time who marvel at my new face. Which is a nice reminder, as I've almost forgotten it happened by now!

5. I'm still getting approached all the time by weirdos trying to chat me up. Only now there are more of them. And the flattery is more OTT than before but I can now accept it deep down. And then run away... :)

So.. photos and developments to come. I couldn't have done it without all your support and the main message I want to send, in my own personal case is that I am so so happy I've been through this journey and pleased with the result at the end of it. It's by no means easy, but every time I look in the mirror, I smile and it looks FABULOUS!


funkyrhodes said...

Hey V! It has been a while, hasn't it? It's great to see that the numbness and tingling have subsided. I can't wait to see the latest pics.

It's interesting how quickly you've disconnected yourself from your old looks. I wonder if this is going to happen to me. Thanks for the update, take care!

Rita said...

Hey V, good to hear from you. I have been wondering how you are doing. Congrats on the exams!!! I am back in school now. English and Algebra...

I am also doing well, although I am still in cross bite which means possible 2nd surgery. I am coming to terms with that now. : ) I am please with the results as far as eating and my looks.

I agree, it is strange looking at old pictures. I see people from years ago and they don't recognize me any more. haha

Again, it is good to hear from you. Can't wait to see the pics!!! : )

Anya said...

Yay, debonding. Congratulations. You are so lucky. Hasn't it only been like 4 months?

You must be a good healer, and it sounds like the time has flown for you, with all the events that has been going on in your life.

I hope your father and mother have a speedy recovery. It must be a lot to deal with on top of having braces and jaw surgery, exams and so on. Good luck with everything. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey- hopefully when you read this your getting used to having slippery teeth again!

I was just wondering- did you ever get genioplasty?

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