Friday, 21 May 2010

The price to be paid

Here's a panoramic x-ray of my jaw post surgery, you can see the big chunk of jaw they removed and a number of staples they left in..

Still cute though, check out those cheek bones!!


Kathleen said...

Will you have to do anything reconstructive for that area of jaw that is missing?

Boring old Fart said...

yeah once it has all settled down and stable, I will have to have implants fited to replace the 3 teeth. I dunno how they will do that with a big hole in the jaw but we'll see.

Kathleen said...

My mom had oral cancer and lost half her upper jaw and the roof of her mouth so that you could see into her nose. She couldnt talk well at all because of not having the roof of her mouth and it actually being a big hole. So they build her a plate to close up the hole and it had false teeth attached to it. That was several years ago so I am sure they have a lot better options now. They could do a bone graft with dental implants, and I think they have this stuff that they can create bone that they use before they put in a dental implant, but I am not sure they can do it to that degree. I wish you luck and I hope you don't mind I am following your story and praying for you and your recovery.

Boring old Fart said...

Oral cancer certainly sucks.

Sorry to hear about your mum, it is shocking to hear of some of the extreme levels of butchery the surgeons seem forced to carry out. In many ways I've been incredibly lucky and have got off light.

Feel free to follow the progress, thats why I am putting things here, when I was diagnosed I just could not find anything except dry medical reports and terrible scary statistics, until I found Erics site and managed to put a human slant on things.

Yes its a bad bad cancer, but its not the end of the world, this will help others to see that.