Emma has had a few appointments since before Christmas and I will recap on them now.
22 November 2013: The first one we thought was a pre-op check, but in fact it was a ‘check before op’ which was a last adjustment before the op. Emma’s wire on her teeth was taken off and trimmed down a bit, then put back on, which meant it was quite tight. Also the rubber bands were replaced with wires twisted onto each block, these are more secure so will not come off during surgery. Plenty of wax and Bonjela and a soft dinner this evening then!
10 December 2013: We received a letter from the hospital with the details for the pre-op assessment and the operation date. We had to fill in the form saying that we wanted the appointment and were to send it back.
19 December 2013: We dropped off the letter to the waiting list office this morning as I didn’t want it getting lost in the Christmas post. Emma had one of her rings fixed back onto her tooth today, it may have something to do with the toffee she had last night! Good job we are here today. It wasn’t a big job, just a bit of cement.
She also had some moulds taken today and she requested that they were made a little thicker (like the nice lady did last time) as it means that they are not in her mouth as long as usual. When Emma had one tray in her mouth, Dr Ali asked for the other one to be passed to him, even with a mouthful of plastic and gunge, Emma still managed to speak and say no, no, no to the other one being put in too!! Dr Ali said “It’s ok, you haven’t got a mouth like an alligator so I can’t flip your mouth open to get them both in!!” It was really funny (you had to be there) It reminds me of when Emma had a tooth out at the very beginning of the treatment and spoke the whole way through, probably just nerves!
27 December 2013: Today Emma had to have more moulds done as they hadn’t taken very well last time (Oh no cried Emma)
She also had to have her head measured with the weird looking contraption, she had to put a bit into her mouth and a couple of bits into her ears, it was then tightened and removed, we are assuming it then gives the surgeon the measurements of Emma’s head and the angles of her jaws in relation to each other.
8 January 2014: Today was a bit of a nightmare in that we had to wait an hour and a half before we were seen. There were two lads in the waiting room that had been in surgery only the day before, surely they should have had priority, but they were seen after us!! Emma noted that they were dressed … she plans to be in her pyjamas for at least a week after the op (we will see about that hahaha)
Mr Von Arx was in today and he and Dr Ali, measured and discussed Emma’s jaws, talking millimeters here and millimeters there. Emma will have her top jaw moved forwards 6 millimeters and up 2 millimeters, the top teeth are also sloping to one side but it is only one millimeter so they may not worry about that. I didn’t hear the movement on the bottom but Emma thought it was 8 millimeters backwards. The bottom jaw is also off centre slightly so it will be twisted too to correct it. They will take out her wisdom teeth on the bottom as they will be cutting through the bone and they will be in the way. They may take out the tops ones if they are in the way but they won’t know that until they are in the area!
Photos: Dr Ali held a ruler to her mouth and chin to measure, a piece of dental floss over her face to see the alignment, a white flexi thing to look at other factors which I am not sure of. Dr Ali also took photos of Emma’s teeth. The moulds of her teeth from last time are put on the frame to see where the jaw has to be moved to. There is also a photo of her X-ray which was on the screen (the thing at the side is a piercing in her ear and not a screw in her head!!!)
13 January 2014: We had to go for the pre-op assessment where Emma had to have her blood pressure done and sign consent forms for the op, the taking out of the bottom wisdom teeth, the possible taking out of the top wisdom teeth, a blood transfusion (a very very very small chance she will need this but they have to get consent)
Emma also had to have blood taken for various reasons; liver function test, clotting, blood group etc. We had to go downstairs and have this done straight away. She had the needle put in and 3 little tubes taken for one form and one bigger one for another form. Emma wasn’t impressed as she wasn’t prepared for this as she doesn’t like having blood tests. She has to go back next Monday for one more so she will call in on the way home from work.