I decided that I wasn't going to see the oral surgeon anymore because it just wasn't working out with my schedule. There were a few other people that I was referred to, so I decided to call them all to see what they could do for me.
I called all of the oral surgeons offices and they all told me that they couldn't work with me and that I would only come in their if I needed surgery. They referred me to a couple of TMJ specialist in Utah. I did some research of both of the specialists online and decided to give them a call.
I called them just to ask a couple of questions before I set up an appointment. I wanted to make sure that they were the right person to see because I was sick of "trying" ever doctor. Both of the offices told me that it was going to be $130 for a consultation. What?!? I was also told that it would be more money if they did x-rays. If they did all of that plus the treatment that they wanted to do the first day, then it would've costed $1,100. They estimated that it would take 6 months to a year. If it took a year, then I could being paying up to $8,000. That's a mission, a car, or school. Why would I pay $8,000 for my jaw?
At this point I was just beyond confused. I didn't know who to see. I didn't want it to take me a year before I could even put my papers in. There was a lot of prayer involved. I talked with my parents and none of us even knew what to do.
I talked to my friend who works for a chiropractor. She had referred me to him when I first started having problems, and I decided I might give him a try. She told me that with all of the treatments it would be about $800. That's way more affordable than $8,000. It was way more convenient as well because the office is right by where I live.
I had a couple of appointments with him. They helped a little. I wasn't expecting change right away. I knew that it was a process, but I just wanted it to work. It's the most frustrating thing not knowing if something it going to work. It's annoying not knowing if my jaw is ever going to find relief.
I got a text from my bishop one day. It said "Hey, I have some good news for you. Come by my office tonight if you have time." I love exciting news, so I went to his office that night.
He told me that he went to his dentist appointment that day and asked his dentist if he knew anybody that treated TMJ that could sit down with me and talk about my options without me having to pay $130 for just a consultation. His doctor said that he treated TMJ and that he could talk to me about it. My bishop asked him to estimate how much it would cost to treat it, and the dentist said that he would do it for free.
When my bishop told me that I just wanted to cry. It was definitely an answer to my prayers. I had been so worried about money. This news was such a relief. I am also glad that he is a dentist because he will be able to finish my dental. It gives me so much comfort to know that he will know what's going on with my jaw when he's finishing my dental so that we won't cause anymore problems.
I'm so thankful for answers to my prayers. I know that He listens and that He answers my prayers. He knows what's best for me. Sometimes it's easy to get frustrated and to lose sight of the bigger picture, but I know that the Lord loves me and knows what's best for me. I know that if I have faith that everything is going to work out. I know that this isn't the end of my trials, and that I'm still going to need to have faith and patience. I've become so much stronger through all of these trials, and I'm thankful for them.