Monday, August 23, 2010

Okay, so, this is my world....

Eat, work, eat, work, eat, nothinggg. Boring! I think I just feel restless because I had to spend the whole day printing out handbooks for our new teaching artists and I kept messing up the printer and copy settings and was wasting oh so much paper. It sucked.

I left work early for an appointment with my surgeon. I told him about my issues with clenching and how it's making me really sore in the mornings, still making it hard to sleep through the night, how it's been giving me muscle spasms and headaches. He listened but was like "you're still taking pain meds?" "I'm not really worried about the clenching." I'm like "uhhh yeah I'm still taking some pain meds because my nights are freaking painful. And I don't know why you're not worried about the clenching, but can you be? Because it hurts!"

I mentioned the Flexeril to him and he seemed super concerned about prescribing that to me....apparently it's really strong and can make you super loopy. I was like, "who cares, I'm taking it at night before I go to bed!" Anywho, he ended up prescribing me Clonazepan, which is a drug most commonly used to treat seizures and panic disorder and according to my surgeon, also bruxism.

He was even super hesitant about this drug. You are only suppose to take half a tablet to a whole, but he told me to start with a quarter and see how it helped. We'll see. I'm skeptical just because my family is super drug resistant. I may be a tiny little woman but it takes a lot to knock me out, a lot for pain to go away, etc.

On a positive note, I asked how much longer I would need the splint in and he said I can get it off 2 weeks from Thursday! We already set the appointment and everything. I am beyond thrilled. It will be so exciting to see my bite/smile without this giant lunk of plastic in my mouth! Also, my ortho will be taking out all the surgical hooks on the same day and putting on a much lighter wire which will be oh so nice.

He said the bands were helping but I still have to wear them up until I get my splint out, and most likely my ortho will keep me in them. I'm fine with that. I mean, they are less than desirable, but I'm all for making sure we do this right.

Now some photos to brighten my post? I think yes. :)


Oh how I love my new Profile.


  1. Hi Sarah!
    Your profile looks just great! I am going to go down and get some of those peppers! I will let you know how that goes!
    Anyway, my sister use to take Clonazepan for anxiety...which this may help with your anxiety - just keep in mind that it can be habit forming - not to scare you..
    I am glad to hear that your splint comes out soon, it will be awesome to see your new smile too!
    Have a wonderful week!

  2. That clonazepam is what was first prescribed for me, and it didn't do anything for me. I was on it for two weeks before my surgeon changed it to the Flexeril.

    Maybe you'll have better luck with it though.

    Your smile and profile look great! :)

  3. Oh, and I heard on the radio yesterday that Central Market's annual Hatch Green Chili festival is coming up. Totally thought of you when I heard it! ;)

  4. Thanks Brent! I too am loving my profile more and more each day. When I get the splint out I'm going to do a progress post, showing pictures from the very beginning up until that point. I think it will be interesting to see.
    Wow Roxie, we really are on the same track! Well I hope it works for me too but I woke up this morning clenching, splitting headache and ahh pain, but I'm going to just take a little more tonight and maybe that will do the trick? Upgrade from a quarter tablet to a half? I'm so happy we live in the same city so you can experience the awesomeness of the hatch green chilies. heh

  5. AHHH! Getting the splint out in 2 weeks!? WOO WOO. It is seriously the biggest relief ever! I am so excited for you! YOu look so great! :)

    Love, Makay

  6. You look amazing! Beautiful!

    Claudia :)

  7. Want my man to prescribe some flexeril for you? ;) I've taken it for back pain before and it didn't really make me the least bit loopy, just a little sleepy

  8. Hi Sarah! The progress is looking GREAT! You must be SO happy about the splint coming out. I'm scheduled for January 25. Fingers crossed, lots of prayers, etc. . . . hopefully it stays on track!

  9. When I was on a muscle relaxant, my surgeon was of the mind that "Yes, it can or may be habit forming. But what is the lesser of two evils: an addiction which can be cured with slow letdowns off of the medication, or constant pain and headaches?" Your surgeon is doing a good thing to be careful - I mean, taking these kinds of medications is a big choice with possible consequences. But at the same time, you need to be able to function in daily life and be as pain-free as possible. :)

  10. Thanks for all the comments you guys! My surgeon is right to be cautious. Its just hard when your hurtin, well you all know the drill! New post update coming soon....