Double Jaw Surgery: Hiding Behind The Social Media Wall

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20th of July...Maybe.

The length of time between "jaw surgery updates" from me is just ridiculous. There's really no resolving that though because there's truly nothing to report between having my braces tightened, more xrays, and that's about it. Basic thing to say is that everything has been moving along just fine. Slowly but surely.

If you're new to why I'm having jaw surgery, my initial diagnosis write up can be found HERE, as well as a secondary update HERE.

They are crazy old posts though, so I truly apologise if their layout is a bit naff.

So where am I now?

Ok, so I'm happy to finally be able to say that a surgery date HAS BEEN CONFIRMED! I say confirmed, but the date I was originally given got changed to the one it is now within literally 4 days of it being drawn up for me, so I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much. It seems trying to coordinate all the working parts of a theater team is tricky for admin.

I also have a location too! The Harley Street Clinic, London. The entire procedure, due to the nature of my condition and the extremity of it is being very kindly covered by BUPA (My work place have BUPA as an allocated health insurance partner).

BUPA, if you haven't ever experienced their services or hospitality before are WONDERFUL. Every step of the way, like tracking my diagnosis and test results as we went along, to the eventual analysis of my condition and the surgery required to correct it, has been handled with such sincerity and compassion that I can't even emotionally cope with how easy it was.

 

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So let's talk about what this blog title is all about. It's true, I'm hiding a bit. Actually hiding a lot.

Additional Diagnosis.

Since the original rundown of issues surrounding my "jaw wonkiness", there have been a few other little issues popping up here and there which ultimately required further investigation, which then in turn had a knock on effect on the proposed surgery dates.

I was actually down to have surgery at the end of April, but then it was brought up how I am a high risk patient for general anesthetic. The gases used in GA are potentially life threatening to me. So much potential that it's not even worth the RISK to try it out, so we needed to take some more tests on me, and be assured by the anesthetist supporting the surgery that I can be "knocked out" by intravenous method only.

THANKFULLY the conclusion was that I COULD be operated on safely using the TIVA method of surgery sleepiness.

So yeah, that panic set us back by about a month. THEN we had something else to contend with.

My jaws suddenly started clicking like mad when I ate or yawned. Also when I yawned, my jaws would "slip" off hinge a little to my right. Nothing painful, just awkward. Perfectly self correctable.

My surgeon was a little concerned that this might be due to the onset of arthritis which in turn would render my whole set of jiggly jaws inoperable! To confirm any impending doom I needed and MRI scan.

THANKFULLY YET AGAIN the results were good. Kinda. There were no traces of arthritis to be seen, however I was there and then diagnosed with TWO "comfortably" dislocated jaws due to the disfigurement of my jaws as they grew anyway, as well as synovitis which is basically an angry set of jaw hinges due to the way they were sitting (i.e. out of place).

ALL more reasons to help my face out and get it put back together properly, right?

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And with that, I'm not happy with selfies anymore...

The whole ordeal of my clicky face, awkward speech, wonky yawns, and mouth not meeting in the middle more and more and more as everything shifts is just not helping my personal confidence in social media.

It's funny, I was looking at my old posts on instagram last year, and I would post selfies a LOT (hah). I'd also really love posting style posts here on my blog, you know? Those too have suffered massively.

Thankfully I've been able to share more than just that kind of thing with you over the months gone by, but I know it's been noticed the longer time has toddled along.

Forgive me, but I just don't like my face as it is right now, haha. It's not what I recognise as being comfortably "normal" for me anymore, and part of that might simply be because I can TELL more what's up because it's all been laid out for me in writing!

Mind you, saying that there literally have been bone position changes due to my braces. They haven't only straightened my teeth, but they've also widened the roof of my mouth, and also shifted my bite.

All of this movement into the "wrong position" is actually the "right position" for where my jaws NEED to be in order to have an aesthetically successful surgery result.

SO! I'm hiding behind my Instagram uploads of flowers, food, and Lloyd.

I'm hiding behind progressive house renovation and memories of Japan in my "Japan Diaries".

I'm hiding from events and press releases because I don't want to spit all over you whilst my lips don't close properly when we talk.

But I am here though. You see me in my channels EVERY day. Come say hello, it can't stop me entirely. No chance!

20th of July*...Come get me!

*Here's hoping

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4 Comments

  1. 16 May, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Your surgery is on my birthday so that HAS to be sign! I’ll be thinking of you and sending you all the love you beautiful lady xx

  2. 18 May, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Wow, that was a lot to take in, I really do hope your surgery goes well Sally! It is unsettling when things stop us from doing the things we would like to do more of. You can post as many pictures of flowers, houses, cats and cushions as you want! until you feel like you again. No complaints from me…I love seeing that stuff. And Harley Street…your in good hands, Good luck! : ) xoxo

    Natoya

    http://www.juanitalikes.com

  3. 26 June, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Oh gosh, I’ve just found your blog an read your jaw surgery posts with great interest! I’m so so so thankful that you wrote it all out, just the way it is, no cugarcoating and no dramatising either. I’ve just put on my braces today (!) and that’s my first step on the journey to fix my wonky jaws. I have an underbite like you do, just a different side profile because my chin is long and protruding. Btw, I think your side view is utterly adorable! You have such warmth in your face. Also keeping my fingers crossed for you and your surgery so that it doesn’t get pushed again. I’m convinved all this waiting and patience is so worth it!

    Will definitely keep in touch.

    Lots of love!
    Klara

    • 27 June, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Klara!! Hi!! Thank you so much for your comment! So you are on the “wonky jaw surgery” journey too, huh?! I’ll be sure to help you if you need it, and I’ll naturally continue posting as best I can throughout my experience! Only a little over 3 weeks to go now! That is such a sweet comment about my side profile, haha, thank you so, so much. Oh my gosh, honestly, your comment has brightened the entire week!!! Chat soon for sure!!!

      Love and hugs – Sally xo

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