No News is Bad News

I wish I had some good news to tell all you wonderful people but, unfortunately, the news I have is less than satisfactory.

I had my appointment today with the wonderful Gunson, Mac, and Chira but they told me that

A) I must have the braces on for another 6 months to a year.

B) I have to go down to New York City to get this procedure that (good news?) will expedite the process of braces.

C) I have to get the dark braces, or normal braces if that’s what you want to call them.

I am so upset. The last thing I wanted to hear was that I had to keep the braces on for this much longer but then to hear that I had to get the “normal” ones? I didn’t know how to react. Dr Mac put me in my place and said that I could have them taken off right then and there and deal with all sorts of problems with my teeth, bite, and jaw. Which is true, I could have them removed but obviously that would be a less than ideal situation.

Meanwhile, Dr Gunson took out the evil hook from my jawbone which was terrifying but kind of awesome at the same time.

Here’s a picture of the little guy.


I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t cry because…I did but honestly its just becaue there is nothing worse then expecting some great news and then not only NOT getting that news but getting news that is even worse. And then I start to think to myself “how shallow am I that I am actually complaining about something that is superficial?” or “there are so many worse things that I could have and here I am complaining about this.”

The procedure that will expedite the braces (which by the way will still mean I have them on for 6 months) involves me going down to NYC to see Dr Mac and having him make some minor incision in my jaw bone and chiseling at it? I don’t know the specifics but thats what it sounded like.

I already told my parental units that I would pay for it. The last thing I want is for them to have to pay any more money for this process. Funny thing is I have no money so, Im offering and the thought is sweet and all but….I have nothign to show for it.

I wish I could act happier but I’m graduating in a week. Tonight was my last weekend night in college which was fun. I was fortunate enough to have a young gentlemen come up to me, ask me what class I was, and then proceed to lie to me saying he was also a senior and had recently transferred from Harvard.

Apparently I have the word stupid written on my forehead. At least he made me laugh, even if it was at him…it was worth it.


7 thoughts on “No News is Bad News

  1. Hey Ashley,

    Im sorry about the news you sound pooped :/ … Did they give you any more explanation as to WHY your not ready, what specifically needs to be in place for you to be ready? Im really curious. Typically they say 6 months post op… You should be good to go. Im truly confused at this point. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again this whole jaw surgery thing should be called ‘shit happens’ mostly out of your control. It is insanely frustrating. Even if you do all the right things, follow the instructions to a T… I guess it depends on how our bodies heal/move/react and how or what these surgeons/dr’s want for us…

    I’ve already decided that at the 18 month mark, if the braces arent off Im taking a crowbar to them. I consented for just that much suffering, no more.


    1. I never answered you comment! Argggggg.
      I am so on the same page as you haha. If they dont take my braces off soon I am taking them off myself. But you’re being better then me because 18 months is a longgg time for me to wait haha. I want these things off NOW.
      How is everything going? Jaw? Life?


  2. Thanks for the kind words!
    I think what needs to happen is my teeth need to move more to the position they want. It’s so frustrating because they LOOK perfect but nope, apparently they just aren’t good enough. I agree with you on the whole randomness of jaw surgery. I have followed ALL the rules, I mean EVERYTHING and still it seems like Im doing things wrong.
    Wait until you talk to people who are getting jaw surgery and only have to have braces on for two months before surgery and like, 4 months after. Its painful for me to hear.

    I just can’t wait to get them off!


  3. Hi Ashley! Just a quick question for you 🙂 I had surgery with gunson 6 weeks ago. My hook in my jaw bone is super painful and I actually haven’t had to wear a front elastic because of it lately thank goodness! I didn’t see you had many troubles with yours and I know it kinda depends on the patient but I am super nervous to get it out! Do you remember how quick it was and how they helped to numb you to take it out? Did you feel it? Hope all is well, I can’t wait to be a year or longer post op:)

    1. I thought I replied to this comment! I’m sorry, I hate that I didn’t respond 😦 Grrrrrrr how was the hook removal? Please let us know! (I’ve heard it CAN be very uncomfortable for people. I just felt traumatized with the hook but the pain wasnt there)

  4. Hi Ashley! Question for you. I had surgery with gunson 6 weeks ago. I have had terrible pain with my hook in my lower jaw and I haven’t had to wear a front elastic lately thank goodness! It doesn’t look like you had much trouble with yours and I know it kinda depends on the patient. But I am super nervous to get it out! If you can remember, how long did it take him to pull it out? How did they numb you? Could you feel much of it? Hope you’re doing well, I can’t wait to be a year or more post op and just be left with results!:)

    1. Hi!
      I know what you mean about the pain but I didn’t have as much as what yours sounds like! If it makes you feel any better, YES they numb it. Using an ointment gel and then he literally zips it out. I had it on video but accidentally delete it! Gerrrr!
      Don’t worry about it though. It’s quick and when it’s gone, it’s gone! No pain.

      You’re more then half way done with this huge process 🙂
      HUGE HUG

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