I rang my hospital yesterday to see if they'd had any cancellations in the hope that I might get seen quicker and therefore put on the waiting list for surgery quicker. But the answer is a definite no - apparently they're not even having any more joint clinic apps until the end of September (when mine is) so there's no appointments before that to be cancelled! Great. Grr.
Here are my 16 month pictures, which obviously look the same seeing as my teeth are ready for surgery (i.e. the braces are doing nothing now, I'm just having to endure them until surgery), but I'll put them on anyway just for completeness.
I also wanted to add this picture of me and my gorgeous nephew, because it was taken as I was naturally laughing, and I just can't believe how disgusting my teeth look when I actually laugh, rather than do a pretend smile for the photo. It's so gummy and disgusting.
As you may recall from an earlier post, at my last appointment (which was in May), I was told to book two appointments - one to see my ortho for final measurements, and one to see my surgeon at the 'joint clinic' (i.e. to discuss my surgery). I booked my ortho app and was really annoyed that I had to wait until 9th August for it. They told me they'd send me my joint clinic app in the post. So I waited 3 weeks, and still didn't receive this appointment, so I thought I'd ring them up, and surprise surprise, they hadn't even booked it. So the woman looked for when the next available appointment was, and the answer was... 27th September!!! I can't believe how long this is taking. I'd already been told by my ortho that I can book my surgery date at my joint clinic appointment, but if my app isn't until the end of September, then God knows when I'll actually get a surgery date... 2020 at this rate. When I rang I was at work so I couldn't really say much, but I decided to ring them back another day and see if there was any way of speeding any of this up at all. I asked the woman if I could starting booking my surgery and pre-op appointments now rather than waiting until my joint clinic, but she basically said that there's a lot of people ahead of me in the queue, and I would have to wait like the rest of them. Which is fair enough I suppose, I just wish that they'd booked my joint clinic appointment 4 months ago, rather than waiting until my teeth are ready for surgery before even thinking about it!
I asked her how long it usually is between the joint clinic app and actually getting your surgery, and she just said 'It varies'. She said I could be lucky and get a cancellation and have it fairly soon after, or it might not be until March next year! :( This is just getting ridiculous now. How can it take this long?! I thought I'd be having the surgery this summer, not still waiting to be put on the waiting list!
I think I'm going to try and ring them again and see if they've had any joint clinic cancellations. I doubt they have but I might as well ask. I'll also ask when I go in August for my ortho appointment. I'm getting so sick of this now. I don't think they realise how much having braces and waiting for this surgery affects your life. I feel like I can't move on with anything until it's over, which is stupid but true.
Just to make the situation worse, my hospital has been in the news because it is one of three hospitals in the country that is massively in debt. Great. So that will probably mean even more waiting.
I'm going to upload my usual monthly pics in a minute, but will do it in another post to avoid poor blogger getting confused.
Hi I'm Sarah, I'm 23 and I'm planning to undergo lower and upper jaw surgery to correct my overbite and gummy smile. I was offered but declined this surgery when I was a teenager, but have now decided to go ahead with the procedure. When making this decision I found it really helpful to read other blogs, and hope that documenting my surgery will help others!