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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Sorry compete stalker alert but I just wanted to add I met @shani2 a few years (and babies!) ago and honestly her face is perfect! I would never have known she's undergone extensive jaw and oral surgery.

    Shani so sorry you went through what you did but they did a great job. You're face is perfect.

    Sorry I sound like a complete lunatic now. Just wanted to reassure @LoveLivesHere

    Xx
    Thank you. It is a real worry. Dd is beautiful as she is now. It scary that her face is going to change and she won't look like her anymore. They are doing the bigger surgery to unsure she still looks feminine. The other tends to make them look more male.

    My mum is driving me around the twist with her negative speech. Saying we are destroying her beauty.

    Both Dd and I have repeatedly told her this surgery is not cosmetic it is needed for her health. For heaven sake the public system doesn't do cosmetic surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    I have nothing to contribute to the thread, but I hope that both the surgery and recovery go well.
    Thank you. I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirgoMama View Post
    Stalker here too... My DS 7 has an expander on now. Has it on for 3 months.

    It's not too bad. After a week he was talking much clearer. Now after nearly 2 months it's just normal. Although he won't know himself when he gets it off! Then he has another fixed plate for a further 12 months but this one just sits behind the teeth, not near the roof so won't affect his speech as much.

    Can't believe the difference it's made & has been totally worth it

    *obviously ours is a very minor part of the total work your DD is having done
    Thank you. I am hoping she won't have much trouble with talking. She managed her double plates well and her expander plate when she had them.
    She has been going trough the process of fixing this for 5 years now.

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    Hi guys, I just thought I would pop in and give a quick update on this thread incase anyone goes searching for this sort of information. Dd2 (17yrs) got her next op date today and it reminded me of this thread.

    Dd2 ended up get a fixed expander plate 2 years ago. We expended her top jaw for a few weeks. It was over the Christmas holidays so no time off school needed. She had no real bad pain. She even left hospital after 22 hours so she could go to a friends birthday party on her way home. The op worked real well and she went from no gap to almost a 5mm gap between her front teeth. It's taken 2 years to transfer that gap back and reshape her teeth with braces. We originally thought it would take one year.
    So here we are 2 years later and she is preparing for her next operation which will be on the first day back of grade 12. She will need atleast 2 weeks off school. The surgeon says it will take 6 months for swelling to go down completely.
    This surgery will be removing both top and bottom jaws. Making them line up and turning them downwards. She needs titanium plates for both jaws to add in length and width down from the nose. Depending on the swelling after that they might be able to do her chin at that time too. If not she will have to go back for a third operation after 6 or so months to reshape her chin.

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    Quick update.
    We had 9 am pre admission appointment today. We finally left at 2.30 PM. Believe me I am mega grateful for this been done in the public system but after 4 changes to operation dates and a 9 am appointment with a letter that stated said allow 2 hours for the appointment for a doctor who wasn't scheduled to arrive until 1 PM. I am just a bit over they're admin team.

    First date 21st of dec - changed because they wanted to use new fancy plates from Belgium *yay for a better operation.

    2nd date 28th of Jan - changed because admin team didn't realized that it was a public holiday *😮🤔

    3rd date 25th of jan with less than a weeks notice - who freaking knows. The orthodontist told me of date change so I rang the hospital and they hadn't heard about a change of dates only to get back to me today (22nd) that has been changed.

    4th date fingers crossed the final one. 31st of Jan.

    She will be on liquid diet for 6 weeks.

    Anaesthetist said it's highly likely her jaw will be wired not just banded like we had been told by the orthodontist.
    Also likely although not booked that she will end up in ICU for the first night.

    Her stay minimum of 3 days but can be up to a week.

    Her time off school may go from 2 weeks to 6 weeks depending on her recovery. God I hope not she just applied to start a uni course while doing year 12.

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    The operation went ahead on thursday 31st. We had to wade through flood waters to get to hospital. Never a great thing before surgery.
    She was first up because she was the only scheduled for that OR.This should have been a tip off on what was to come. Silly me didn't see it.
    We had googled (yes dumb I know) that typical time of the operation was 3 to 5hrs. 3 being smooth sailing 5 being more complicated. Well at 4 hour mark I was getting nervous. At 5 hours I was really nervous, at the 6 hour I was freaking out. At 7 hours I was a bit of mess to say the least. At 7 and 1/2 hours relief finally came. She was out. It was another hour and bit before we could see her. She taken straight to the ICU. She was a frighten see. Her lips were swollen do much that they touched her nose and her chin. Her face was so round. The whole dr team (professor, lead surgeon(leaving next week ), the new lead surgeon, the intern surgeon, the anesthesiologist who double as a faxmax dr too. Came in to see her 4 hours later after they had finish clinics. They didn't do her chin they ran out of time. Her surgery went well. The new fancy pants plates were the reason it took longer. But they will give a better look in the end.
    She spent 2 days in ICU. Meanwhile our town is having a once in 100 year flood.
    We came to the ward yesterday evening. She is still on the morphine pump.
    Hang on I have to help her with something. I will do a part 2.
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    Dd2 a month ago20190202_202002.jpgtonight with and without the ice pack that needs to be on 24/7 except for eating messy foods IMG_0484.jpg
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    Part 2
    We came to ward yesterday evening. I am staying with her but due flood crisis I only have chair to sleep in.
    Any way 24 hrs after her op her lips went down and her face up. Last night was her worst time for pain. It was so hard. Even with morphine drip and extra pain relief she was still a world of hurt. I put it partly down to the fact her ice pack head piece broke and we had to wait for day surgery to open to get a new one. The constant ice helps with the pain. Today has been better, we extended the use of the pump for a extra day and that helping heaps. I have been keeping up with ice and I made sure she started the night with a new pack, as seem to only last 12 hours to 16 hours.
    She has been eating roughly 4 teaspoon to 6 tablespoons of pureed food/liquid at each meal. At first we had to use a syringe than a a spoon and finally tonight a cup.
    This afternoon she is managing to stay awake longer than 5 mins (not being awake extreme pain) iykim.

    Tips for others
    Button down clothes/pjs for a few weeks
    Use lots of paw paw cream or other deep moisturizer on the corners of your lips in the weeks leading to your op
    More ice packs the better.

    I can't think right now what else to tell you.
    Please ask any questions you have?
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    They took off the morphine pump this morning and sent us home at lunch. They need the bed. Our town is under going major floods 1/2 town is expected to go under water between 8pm and 6 am when they open the flood gates to stop the dam from bursting.

    She still in a lot pain and still as swollen as in pics above.

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    Day 4 We have had a bad day. Her pain spiked during the night. I tried to call the hospital for advice and got told there closed ring 13 health. We they couldn't help either. They had go with the it's illegal to give advice. Since they aren't drs. After getting the right royal ring around all bloody day, I ended up giving her a double dose of endone this afternoon. It hasn't brought her pain down enough for me to be happy (4) she sitting at (6) but it better than the 8 -9 she was giving me all day. It's so hard to see your baby ok teenager cry in pain and not being able to do anything about it.

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