orthognathic surgery,janell smith,jaw surgery,lower jaw surgery,over bit,overjet,the quest for less character, character blog, braces, adult braces,mandibular advancement, jaw The quest for less character: 08/04/11

Aug 4, 2011

The Time in NEAR!

Fall it is!
Routine visit with Dr. Simon reveals that October is the month!  It works with me at work, and my mouth is ready. Well, except for this pesky bottom canine that doesn’t want to turn around and behave!  Other than that, we’re ready!
Knowing I had a very tight window, due to when I can take the time off from work, I immediate get on the phone with Dr. T’s office to schedule an appt to see him and get a surgery date.
2 months out was the earliest!  NO WAY!
I, of course panic.  How can I see him on 9/23 and have a surgery date 2 weeks late?
I called Dr. Simon’s office and asked if she could make a phone call to Dr. T. and try to get me in sooner.  Which of course, because she is the most awesome Doctor EVER!  She texted, emailed and called him immediately, and he told her he would handle it!  They are buds like that you know!
We went to S. Padre island and put this behind us for a week.  Vacation was awesome.  I really needed the break. The surgery has consumed me and the forums, the blogs, websites and videos have been an obsession.  I feel like I just can’t get enough information of read enough on the surgery. I keep reading the same things over and over, and yet I still keep looking to find something new.  I have had many surgeries but none have quite been so daunting as this one.
Anyway, I followed up with Dr. T’s office when we got back and his office was able to move me up to 9/9 and the surgery scheduler said she would call the 2 hospitals where Dr. T. is on staff to see what they quote for the procedure to self-pay patients. I told her Dr. T. said around 6K and she said, “Um, well, I think that is just Dr. T’s fees.  I have seen the surgery upwards around 20K.”
Immediately, my heart stops. How on Earth can we pay for this?
You wouldn’t believe the thoughts that went through my head when I heard 20K.  We are really going to spend more on my jaw than we did on either one of our cars? Will they allow me to make payments? Is it really that much? What are we going to do?
Pray Janell.
Pray through it.  God will take care of you.  He always does.
That’s all I have done since I heard that is…..  Pray….. Pray … Pray…..