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...if you'd like to join me and support me in this please check out this here website with tips and FAQ's for the jaw surgery I'm undertaking. It'll help you understand what's going to happen to me.

Also if you wanna come visit me when I'm getting better I'm going to be in Reading for the first few weeks at my parents place, some of you are coming to visit which is SUPER sweet of you and I really appreciate it! I can't eat anything so dont bring grapes!

Other things you can help me with are...

a) I really need DVDs to watch and books to read during recovery which I am going to take really seriously. I am going to take things VERY slowly which means I will be bored without stuff to look at! Boxed sets of the Mighty Boosh gratefully received. I'll return everything when I am done being ill, promise!

b) Send me good healing vibes, I'm a big believer in vibes and good thoughts and feelings so think kind, get better soon things my way please :)

c) Come to the last Duloks show/Mar's birthday party/Tent Street housewarming and bring chewy food and steak and beef jerky etc. I won't be able to eat proper foods for months and months...

That is all :)

Thanks for reading!
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I just had a really upsetting phone call from my lil bro who is in charge of looking after me after my operation as my parents are away


The most horrible aspect of the impending operation is this

a) they haven't given me a date yet

b) people around me keep hassling me because I don’t know the date yet. Work have been AMAZING - super understanding, but I have a tonne of family members and friends berating me for not knowing the date.

Believe me everyone, I want to know the date MORE THAN ANY OF YOU! And I am doing all I can to get that date, I call every day and hassle people in my surgeons office. As SOON as I know that date I will let you know!! (As if I'd find out and then just not tell anyone, c'mon!)

Saying things like how annoying it is that I don't know cos we can't plan stuff is like I know!!!! My life's in limbo til I find out PLUS I am terrified of how long recovery will take / what my voice will sound like after / whether the operation will go OK so please people, moderate your irritatedness and know I am like "Waaaargh!!!" myself about the whole sitch but just trying to be chilled and calm about it, cos after all, I have no power in this situation


Jaw Update

Nov. 16th, 2007 01:23 pm
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Looks like my big jaw operation will be coming up mid to late January now...I have had the final dentist / orthodontist checks, just two more ortho visits before the big day!!

Big Tooth!
Here is a huge blown up picture of my tooth that the dentist took. The grey stuff by the side of my tooth is the adhesive to keep the band tight.

Straight biteThe Gruesome ToothNormal bite
My bite is WAY outta wack. Left pic is me trying to bite normal / right pic is me letting my jaw bite the way it wants to, pic in the middle is my stupid face!

A Rose By Any Other Name...
That's why all the pics I take I pull a pout like this and you never really see me smile unless it's pouty Mick Jagger-esque type thing going on.


So, yeah, me + operation in January. I'm going to stay in Reading for my recovery, at my parents place. Thing is tho, they're going to be away. In !Africa! to be precise, so I am going to ask my friends to come stay with me in Reading to look after me! Err, I know it doesn't sound like a fun holiday but if that's something you'd fancy just, y'know...let me know! And you can come stay in the guest bedroom and look after me!! Le yay..(?!)

My penultimate coloured bands trip to the awesome Mr Harper is in December and I am going to get rainbow braces. Seven different colored O-rings. Whoo!
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An update...

This morning I went to see Mr Harper, he told me my operation date has been moved to January...good, cos I was stressing about the Christmas workload and bad, cos my parents will be in Kenya from the 18th Jan onwards...le eek!

Also! No rubber bands! Le yay! I was terrified I'd be fitted with ortho bands on my braces to guide my teeth into a different bite - they ping off when you sing and stuff and I had them before when I was thirteen. They're a bad scene. So! Superhappy about that!

A visiting lady ortho from Newbury took impressions of my bite, top and bottom and front on...and from these Mr Harper will make a mouth wafer which will be used in the actual operation. Of course I made the usual "sticky stuff in my mouth" jokes. These are now expected of me. Standard!

I came back to London, dropped our keyboard flight case in a minicab to take it back to Matt Snowball, Emperor of Equipment Hire and walked through the gorgeous sunshine and back streets of West London to work.

You can tell I live in the West, the cafe under my apartment was full of media types on lunch, I could hear a flautist practising as I walked past a window, there were tour buses full of bandmembers blinking in the sunlight as they gingerly exited vehicles to sign in at K West, au pairs pushing three wheeled buggies. I really enjoy the shady leafy avenues I shuffle along. A spivvy guy on a mobile walked purposefully past me saying "...well if the band don't WRITE more songs, there IS no deal!"....The West is the best. Get here, and we'll do the rest!

The sunshine is glorious today. Indian summer.


Jun. 29th, 2007 03:11 pm
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The latest ITV.com Duloks episode is up and contains many shots of me displaying exactly how much my jaw is wonky...YUCK! I can barely watch! PLUS I am lisping like Sylvester the cat.

I can't wait!!!!
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Me and the Red Racer are no more. He was stolen last night. Gutted


Good news this morning from the ortho surgeon tho - which is that they will only have to break my lower jaw for surgery and leave my top jaw alone! I secretly hoped that this would happen all along so I am very, VERY relieved! It means that I won't be wired up you see. We're scheduling the op for early December as far as I know.

Last night I had a great night - I saw lots of old friends at the Dublin Castle and made new ones and then tripped out to the Interpol aftershow ending up after that eventually at the Soho Hotel. All was well until I woke up and found my car was gone. I feel sick. What will I do without my Red Racer? I didn't mind about being a single girl with him around....I feel like I've lost part of my identity.

I have decided not to stress about this until after I return from LA, but secretly I am worry worry worry. Thank God for my mum and dad. Seriously.

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So today I have been upgraded* with the harshest wires ever...owch. My teeth feel soooo tight!! On the Nurofen Plus and Paracetomol...I am saving the Co-codeine for later. Yum.

I chose "pink panther pink" bands again.

NEWS JUST IN - Looks like the operation will be in December possibly but more will be confirmed in an Osteopathy clinic on May 16th.

The operation will be taking place in Oxford and not Reading now, so all you Oxfordians ([livejournal.com profile] juggzy & [livejournal.com profile] jarethshair spring to mind as being most Oxfordly!), please come and visit me! Will let you know when I am up for the slice and dice.

* Dr Who ref
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Exciting trip to the gorgeous Mr Harper today. My teeth have moved superfast and he says after the next adjustment I will start going to the co-clinics - which are Orthodontic and Surgical...so we'll start discussing THE OPERATION!!!

Also, it seems I may have to have my wisdom teeth out, all four of them! Bummer eh? They all came in with no problem and are strong and healthy but may be surplus to requirements. Irony. THAT'S irony Alanis.

So, here's a pic of my new braces.

Shiny new braces

They are PINK! Supercute, which means they match some of my lipglosses and that I will probably buy more lipglosses and make up to match as well. Girly = good!

On the way back to London I thought about dying on the operating table and other things, which leads me neatly to my next post which is about....

Not Sexy

Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:12 am
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Ugly teefs
Originally uploaded by Mira Manga.
Braces update! Yay! I know how you all love these!

Soooo, my teeth are all superstraight now, which is rad, BUT they no longer grip onto each other to form a functional bite so my lower jaw is sliding far over to the right.

This results in lisping, extra spittle flying thru the air when I get excited and a wonky(er) face! Whooo!! :)

(Also a gap inbetween my teeth big enough for me to stick my pink tongue thru - as pictured!)

Add to this, I found grey hairs #6 and #7 this weekend =

Not sexy!
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Another 7 weeks, another check up.

I wanted to tell you guys some good news. But on this occasion I really think that there is none to tell!

So, early estimates are - another eight to ten months before I'll be ready for the operation.

I've been brushing my teeths really well hygiene-wise, but my gums are taking a real beating...I have to lay off 'em - you have to be careful cos otherwise it all goes wrong.

Also, the killing neck/back/head pain I've been waking up with each morning is caused by muscle tension radiating from my jaw. I have to try and relax my jaw. The only problem with this is that if I do relax my jaw, I look like I've had a stroke!

No more chewing gum either.

Mr Harper is still as dashing as ever. But it didn't make me feel any better this time.

Next appt with him is on the 21st December (festive!) and I will be having the dreaded SPACERS again. Yeuch.

Please all pray to the God of Braces for me.
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Mr Harper, he of the green eyes and gentle dental appliances informs me that although my teeth are moving well, we will definately have to operate on both the top and bottom jaw. I was hoping we'd just have to do one but it's not going to happen like that.

I now have a square wire through my top teeth and a thicker round wire on my bottom set - next appointment is August 24th.

The road leads ever onwards....
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This morning I went to my handsome orthodontist and asked him for pain relief...he was shocked that I am still in pain from my braces considering I've worn them for 1 month 2 weeks and 5 days. He suggested maybe I wasn't a great candidate for the surgery, (it's MUCHOS painful) and I was like "NO! It's fine! I am!!"

He never prescribes pain killers for braces pain apparently. I did feel like a total wimp watching these teenagers saunter in and out with nary a hint of anxiety.

Oh well, back to the drawing board!! If any of you have powerful and/or prescribed pain killers that you no longer need, send them to me!!!

I chose blue O-rings today and am getting two blue hair extensions woven in my hair. I say embrace the braces and accessorise, my brother says "You'll look like a goth Mira".
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I don't want to lose all my confidence and go down in a hail of self-loathing - but I NEED TO KNOW. What will happen to me in other people's perception when I get these braces? Feel free to share your own experiences in comments.

[Poll #607905]

*not saying that I think I'm a hottie or anything - just wondering!
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The news, I had been half dreading, half wishing for.

I am getting my braces on the 28th November. That's TWENTY days away.

In a farewell to my teeth, I am holding a GOODBYE MIRA'S TEEF PARTY on 25th November at my place.

Bring me steak, bring me toffee apples, bring me peanut brittle and rock to chew on. Bring me anything tasty and chewy or hard so I can gorge over this final weekend of naked teethness.

I am scared and excited. I am depressed and relieved.

I am a big huge mess of emotions.

Come, celebrate with me and watch me descend into a weeping, hysterical, glorious mess!!


You're all invited Ljers xxx

Bad Teef

Oct. 12th, 2005 07:38 pm
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When I tell people I'm having an operation, they quite often ask "Why? Your face looks fine."

Below see two pictures to illustrate the problems with my jaw.

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1. Bad teef

None of my teeth in the front meet up properly. You can see that the teeth in my upper jaw (the maxillæ) are pretty symmetrical to my face, but the lower jaw (the mandible) has pushed over to one side. This makes chewing difficult and biting into food with my incisors is pretty much a no-go.

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2.Wonky Jaw

You can see the inbalance in my face from this picture. My jaw tries to compensate for my teeth not meeting so my left jaw joint (temporomandibular) is under a lot of extra stress and sometimes aches and pops. This also gives me headaches sometimes.

Hopefully after the treatment (braces and then an operation) my face will regain it's symmetry and I will be able to eat properly again. My worst fear is that I have the operation and then I relapse, which can happen in these cases. I am also not looking forward to wearing braces again (I had them once as a teenager). I'm not scared of the actual operation, as the team who will work with me are very experienced in these operations, I am not looking forward to the recovery! Liquid food for a good few weeks for me!
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Back to Reading again last night to make my appointment with Dr Harper in the morning. After a nightmare in the parking lot, Dad and I managed to negotiate our way through the long twisting corridors and get to the desk only five minutes late. As soon as we hit the traffic snarl in the car park I had put a call through to the receptionist so that they knew I'd be tardy. [I absolutely hate being late, and I think not calling to warn people is incredibly rude - I advise you all to do this if you find yourself in similar predicaments!]

Mr Harper was smiley and gorgeous as ever. I don't think he fancies me - which is probably a good thing, but I put it down to having to use my Mum's make up this morning. She doesn't have any Touche Eclat so I looked a bit tired-eyed.

Despite him not being attracted to me in any way, it didn't stop him from filling my mouth with sticky gunk...it was mint flavoured putty cement which he used to take more moulds of my mouth. Mr Harper has a box full of moulds of my teeth from as far back as 1993! You can see the progression of my jaw through the years underlining my need for eventual surgery. Silly disobedient bones!

I also had another photo-session. The least flattering of which involved a mirror in my mouth and two "lip pullers" drawing back my upper and lower lips. It's very hard to look attractive when your lips are turned inside out. Maybe I should have pretty things like butterflies tattoed into the insides of them. Anyway, if any of you have that Tool album with the orthodontic graphics, thats how I looked today!

I didn't get to see my bone scan as Mr Tomlins, my operating surgeon wasn't around and hadn't received it back. I hope it came out OK!! I don't think I'd like to go through that again.

The next stage is a consultation in November using all the info from the investigations, scans, xrays, pictures and moulds and decide on the plan of treatment. Wonder if I'll be in braces before Christmas...

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