Metal, wire and stone

I had my braces put on yesterday 😦

Let me reverse quickly… I have been having some major issues with my jaw over the past few years so I made a decision last year to do something about it. I had two options, 1. to have an operation to fix the problem of my jaw dislocating, or 2. to go by it a slightly different way and go visit a guy who specialises in jaws who could help me with no operation. Either way, I had to fact the reality of getting my braces back on.

So naturally, i chose option 2! I am absolutely petrified of operations and from talking to some girls who have been through the op before, I decided I really didn’t want to go through that that pain. Plus, these operations that you do for your jaw only really work if you have an issue with your bone structure (so we’ve heard)…they don’t fix any ligament or joint problems. Apparently it just makes the whole situation worse.

So anyway, I have been going to a fantastic ortho for the last 9 months who has been brilliant in fixing my jaw. He uses very new methods and moves the jaw, muscles and ligaments without applying any force or need for an operation.

I’m in my 9th month of my 2 1/2 year treatment, and my jaw already feels hundreds better! The dislocation has stopped, I can eat harder things again and I can yawn like a normal person! I am so happy that he has been able to fix it so quickly. However I am still in the early stages of my treatment, as he now has to keep the new position of my jaw very stable so it does not move back to where it was previously.

Part of that process is moving my teeth to a new position in my mouth so my jaw has some leverage to rest on. The only great thing about having my braces again is the fact that I can fix all the issues I had with my teeth in the meantime.

The major problem I’m having now (and it’s only been a day for goodness sake) is the pain!! it’s funny how your body makes you forget pain. I remember being in discomfort when I had braces previously, but nothing like this… it’s really horrible…

…and the worse thing is, on top of the pain, I had to really pluck up my self-confidence this morning to get up and go to work! Now that I’m here, everyone has been so supportive which is wonderful… I love my work in that way, everyone here actually cares… it’s so great!

So in order for me to start feeling a bit better (and to spoil my mom), I have booked for the two of us to go have a hot stone massage and pedi tomorrow morning at this wonderful spa in Magalisburg called Woodlands.

It is very tranquil there as it is situated right on the river. You have treatments in these little private rooms that have decks onto the Crocodile River… it’s really wonderful…

I’m hoping a few hours there will give me some time to spend with my mum and relax to forget the pain 🙂


4 Responses to “Metal, wire and stone”

  1. 1 Mom
    May 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Can’t wait!! We are going to relax and enjoy it! Glad you’re having a good day! There is a large advert in Woolies at the moment which reads “When we believe in ourselves, anything is possible”
    I now need to apply that to my gym class – I now have to teach 2 yoga classes in June!! OMW!!

  2. May 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Enjoy your day with Mom 🙂
    The braces really don’t look bad, and there are quite a few people who wear them in the business world 😉

  3. 3 Kathy
    May 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    So sorry you are in such pain, but just think everyday you are so much closer to your goal. Enjoy tomorrow with your Mum she really needs some TLC and so do you. Love the photos that Jeannete took of you and your life long buddy.

  4. 4 carl de Montille
    May 23, 2009 at 6:57 am

    hey lainy, im sure you will do fine… just think of the pain u would have had with an op. have fun tomorrow, we were plamning on visiting, but if you won’t be there, well we will have to make it another time

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