So, I am in the first flex wire for treatment. If it's anything like my bottoms, the doc will take a few months to step me up through the next flex wire and then on to the heavier wire for surgery. He set my next adjustment at 5 weeks. I think that is what he initially did my bottom at too for the first few wires. My bottom teeth didn't hurt at all after getting the wires back in after a month off, but I guess because my periodontal ligaments firmed up again and teeth settled, my uppers were definitely sore. Still absolutely nothing in comparison to the first ortho's banding and adjustments, but def needed a few advil for a day or two after these puppies were put back on. I ate pretty normally for the most part, so it really wasn't awful overall.
So.... here we go. Last half of the sprint left before surgery. Speaking of that, I am getting a little antsy for a better estimate for my surgery date. I am an uber planner, and this is making it difficult to plan. Southwest Airlines just had an awesome sale where I could have bought my mom's ticket in to town to take care of me, but I couldn't because I don't know when my date will be. I know roughly it could be Nov/Dec. I also need to plan for work, especially since it's the holidays and people are trying to request off and all. Me being out for 6-8 weeks is definitely going to effect our leave planning schedule. Last year when I went out for surgery number 1 we were short staffed and I got really worried about my leave. This time around, I am well versed in the art of not giving a shit now. Sounds crude, but it's true. Going through this process, as well as bum things going on at work that in general just make me care less a bit now, all just makes me realize it is what it is with stuff. Especially things I can't change and are out of my control at this point. I can chose to get really spun up about it and cause even more grief and anxiety in my life, or I can shrug my shoulders and evoke the art of not giving a shit. So, I think choosing the latter is one of the reasons I've remained as stable and together as I have through this whole shit show over the last two years.
Update on the gap-- more closure! We're getting there! Still a little more to go, but I bet after the next adjustment we'll be almost closed up. Good that it will be gone, but bad for my bite. I know I've already mentioned this, but my bite is just so awful right now, and with a little more to close on that gap, it's still going to get a little worse. I've been seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist for that nerve I pinched in my shoulder back in January, and my bite has gotten to the point where I am now having them concentrate on my neck and to adjustments and massage for TMJ too. The headaches have been pretty bad. I think the chiro is helping. I never thought I would say this since I, 1.) Don't believe in chiro. I have to question if what they do does anything, and maybe even make things worse; and 2.) I absolutely can not stand cracking. Makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit and quite honestly, I'd rather chew a baseball size gob of tinfoil than hear cracking and be cracked. So, the fact that I say it's helping is really saying something! Ugh... all I know is it's definitely going to be a long 5-6 months with this bite!