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Offline anton08

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #120 on: 31. March 2024, 09:43:59 AM »
Wow! This all will happen during an operation?

There is no opportunity to avoid it?

Long orthodontic treatment is one side, but such an operation is another league.

Wishing you all the best!

Offline mr_90proof

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #121 on: 04. April 2024, 20:16:34 PM »
It sounds pretty intimidating.  And I can imagine stressful.  Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #122 on: 05. April 2024, 03:01:13 AM »
I hope and pray that all goes well for you.

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #123 on: 05. April 2024, 20:26:31 PM »
So do I.

Please do tell us the exact day of the operation.

We will have our fingers crossed! ;)

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #124 on: Yesterday at 08:55:47 »
Ugh! It’s been a roller coaster the last few days. My husband got a call from our insurance company yesterday, but wasn’t able to talk to them at the time so he had them call me. They let me know that the county had not paid for our insurance this month. While I knew this was a possibility, I was being told this while driving my daughter to a routine appointment. I was able to explain the situation between my husband’s benefit allotment not covering our benefits completely and us needing to potentially pay the difference once we were informed of what that is. The lady was very understanding and made note of it reassuring me that she made a notation and as long as payment by the county is received by the end of the month, it’s not an issue.
Today, I had my ENT follow up. I did end up taking the 20 days of antibiotics. While my gut is as clean as a whistle, I can’t say the same of my sinuses. My doc let me know that my maxillary and frontal sinuses both show chronic sinus infections. He scoped me again, this time causing a bloody nose. Everything was so blocked on the right side, that he couldn’t get the scope in far enough to visualize anything. I’m now scheduled for balloon sinuplasty at the end of the month. He is confident this will open my sinuses and clear up the infection so I can move forward with jaw surgery. He’s also going to consult with my jaw doctor to come up with a surgery plan that will minimize future sinus problems.
I figuratively ran out of that appointment and headed to my back doctor where I was scanned for a new brace. Yes, you read correctly, I need a new back brace. There are two reasons. First, I’ve lost weight since getting my back brace, so much that the brace does not fit correctly- even after several modifications. Second, during my January X-rays, it was noted that my back brace does not completely correct my scoliosis while in the brace, and does not address my kyphosis in any way. Even though I have had a small curve reduction my current brace will not move my back completely where it needs to be in multiple planes. There will need to be some changes, including using a thicker thermoplastic and some changes to the shoulder portions, whether it be attached plastic shoulder guides, or an added strap between the brace outriggers. I’m leaning towards the Free Spirit design. I know it’s a bold choice, but I really want to get away from the white base color. I like my wisteria, but the padding on the underside make the brace look yellow in those places because of the adhesive that’s used. Having the variety of color will be cheerful, a bit more forgiving with minor scuffs, and not so dark as to absorb heat in the summertime. At least that’s my thought process.
So I’m driving home from this appointment and get a call from the county letting me know about the insurance benefit shortage. In truth, I’m amazed that they followed thru with contacting me given the size of the county my husband worked in, and were super nice about the situation. The amount wasn’t horrible, about $250. It was actually a relief to hear this, as I was super stressed going into my 2 appointments today praying that neither would check my benefit eligibility and find an issue. I mailed the check as soon as I got home. It’s clear that my jaw surgery will not be done before our insurance changes. We have a lot of plans for the summer and I was recently asked to be the guest speaker at our local Memorial Day remembrance, so I need to schedule for after that. I have another ankle post op appointment tomorrow and my next orthodontist appointment is on the 24th, so I’ll update again soon.

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #125 on: Yesterday at 09:54:18 »
Again I have to call you a very brave patient and I keep my fingers crossed for you to have less pain and very successful treatments!  :)

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #126 on: Yesterday at 19:37:39 »
That Free Spirit pattern would be cute.  A little splash of color without it being so dark it would be more likely to show through on lighter colored clothing.  Maybe I missed it, but how long will it take them to fabricate your new brace?

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #127 on: Today at 06:46:27 »
Around 4 weeks.

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Re: Double Braced
« Reply #128 on: Today at 16:38:45 »
I hope your new brace is far more comfortable and does its job well.