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Old 09-25-2003, 07:33 AM   #1
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Red face dr rondeau - guy sitting next to chick w/ red pants!

yesterday, i had my 3rd appointment at dr. rondeau's office. before i talk about my actual appointment, there's something that really funny happened.

as i was sitting in dr. rondeau's office, janie came in all excited saying that the guy she was talking to for a consult had found dr. rondeau on healthboards. she continued to add that he'd talked to marlene *and* sarah [im guessing that's me.. hehe]. it was a crazy experience because i had been sitting near the dude in the waiting room [i was the chick with the red pants if you're out there! hehe]. i had noticed he was reading a TMJD pamphlet and was debating whether or not to talk to him to see if he'd heard of the healthboards and whatnot.. hehe. yah, im noisy.. but i was too shy, so i didnt talk to him.

if the guy from hamilton is out there and you were at dr. rondeau's yesterday, hi...

anyway, my appointment was to get dr. rondeau's opinion on what my treatment plan could be. it turned out how i thought it would - he suggested a repositioning splint for phase I and braces for phase II. thus far, ive decided to go with only phase I and not continue with braces because im too paranoid.. as well as showing me my xrays, they did more impressions, and my splint will be ready in 1 week.

my right condyle was flattened and my left condyle had a peak in it. not a pretty site. as well, the left condyle is too back, so it needs to be moved forward.

the thing that sucked the most about the appointment was that im going to be a "very difficult case" because i have an openbite, but not that much of an overbite. it'd be so much easier if i had a deep overbite. since i dont, there isnt much room to move me forward. blah. additionally, i felt like the office oddity - dr. rondeau kept on saying how difficult my case is going to be and how he'd like to refer me to his associate [dr. matton, i believe] or dr. rawson [jamie, you're seeing him, right?].. he even showed my bite to 2 other people in his office. it was embarassing even tho i knew he was joking.. i guess everyone sends him the difficult cases.

another funny thing was that he seemed very surprised that i knew about repositioning splints and all this TMJD stuff. when his associate came in to look at my bite, he told him that i was a very intelligent lady. hah!

anyway, im going forward with his treatment, but im not getting my hopes up. he doesnt seem *that* optimistic about it working, since im so difficult.

btw, the splint therapy and future xrays are going to cost $1300 and last between 4-6 months. guess i have to cut my food budget down even more... ergh.

sorry for the long-winded message.. just thought that i'd keep everyone informed of what went on.

- saaraah.

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Old 09-25-2003, 10:08 AM   #2
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Yes, Dr. Rawson is the doctor that I am seeing.

I give him * * * * *!!! He's a great guy.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this splint helps. I have a follow-up in October, and I am hoping he can take X-RAY's to see how I am progressing.

Good luck Saaraah!!!
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Old 09-25-2003, 10:16 AM   #3
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Saaraah:

I'm the guy who was sitting next to you yesterday! If you recall, I'm Sheldon, formerly known as 'SRH_NF'. I had my first appointment with Dr. Rondeau yesterday. Janie told me that a 'Sarah' was there at the time, but she wasn't sure if it was you.

It was good to finally get an opinion on my condition. I can only open my mouth 30 mm and it is 'locked' from going further. On the scale of seriousness, Dr. Rondeau said it was a '2 or 3'. They are considering using a 'pivotal splint' on me and if that doesn't work, then Janie said it could be time for surgery. My second appointment is on Oct. 8.

Anyhow, Saaraah, it was nice NOT meeting you formally I have to take off now because this is a departmental computer I'm using at the university.

Take care.

Sheldon

 
Old 09-25-2003, 11:36 AM   #4
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jamie - yah, dr. rondeau spoke very highly of dr. rawson; i believe he said that dr. rawson was his teacher and they're very good friends.

sheldon - it's pretty cool that we almost met. hehe

i've never heard of a pivotal splint.. sounds interesting.

anyway, i wish both you guys luck with your treatments.

take care,

- saaraah

 
Old 09-25-2003, 07:29 PM   #5
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Saaraah & Sheldon,

That is way too bizarre that you guys "almost met" at Dr. Rondeau's office!! Hmmm ... I wonder if he still remembers me?? (LOL!!)

Hope everything works out for both of you with your proposed treatments!

Marlene

 
Old 09-25-2003, 08:14 PM   #6
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marlene - yah, i think that both dr. rondeau and janie remember you. you seem to be pretty famous there. hehe

- saaraah.

 
Old 09-25-2003, 09:26 PM   #7
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