Posted on July 22, 2017
I have an update!
First, as for my eyes, they are still sensitive and dry, but I can see much better, thanks to you!
As for dental, I went to Mexico this week to get my most recent treatments in order to save on costs ($200 instead of $400-1000+ in the US). I now have a night guard! For this, I was told that I have to come back every 4 weeks or so, and do laser therapy as frequently as possible. They said that I have to wear the appliance 24/7 except when I eat and drink because my TMJ is very severe due to stress. They also said that my bite is really deep (my upper teeth should only cover my lower teeth about 10%, but mine cover 80%), and that my upper and lower teeth have to be centered correctly, and that there is a high risk that any treatment (crown, bridge etc) would break like the most recent ones did if I don't treat the issue with braces. There is also other remaining dental work that has to be done as well; I have to replace 3-4 crowns (especially the one that's really affecting my bite) and a bridge eventually, as well as remove my two bottom wisdom teeth, which are aggressively compromising the teeth next to them. However, all of these treatments have to be waited on until my TMJ gets better and stops hurting for at least 2-3 months. Then they would do braces on the upper teeth (they said that they can't do lower teeth because my bite is too deep and they will break), and I would wear mouthguard (?) to prevent everything from breaking, and then braces for the lower teeth. They said that it typically takes 2-2.5 years to complete the treatment, but it can take 3 or more years depending on the situation. In terms of pricing, they said that braces would cost about $400-500 for the initial deposit, which you can divide into 2-3 payments, and $60-75 per month after that. Besides that, they would have to take X-ray every 6 months, which costs $25 or so each time. Since this specialist does not practice general dentistry, I will need to go to another dentist in Mexico next month to treat the rest of the dental work, and then discuss orthodontic options after the more serious procedures are done.
As for my PTSD medication, I was able to get the supply for this month. However, since I have not been able to see a psychiatrist for over a year, I will need to see one soon to see if any adjustment is needed, so I've been working on that still.
Your support has made so much possible. I didn't ever imagine that I would be able to take so many steps towards healing, or that so many people would show me so much kindness. Thank you!!