I finally went to see Dr. Whizbang to get fitted for an ALF. It is astonishing that someone who is clearly so bright and dedicated to healing people seems to be completely clueless about dealing with patients.
As at our first meeting, I walked in with my list of questions. He said that if I needed time for questions, he would be happy to schedule another appointment for a consultation (I guess that would be after the impressions were made and the devices ordered?). This is a guy who clearly just wants to be left alone to do his job and not have to deal with pesky humans. I assured him that my questions were few and simple to answer.
It’s a good thing that I had done a lot of research about the ALF because Dr. Whizbang apparently didn’t think I needed to know the following:
1. I would need two ALFS (upper and lower) instead of one. Of course, there was no discussion of what anything would cost.
2. When I asked how long I would have to wear them, he said we would know in 2-3 weeks if they were working. If so, I would need to wear them for a year. Well, no, maybe two years. Again, apparently no consideration at all for the impact of time, money and commitment of the patient.
3. My research said that one of the advantages of the ALF was that it would only have to be adjusted every 4-6 weeks. Dr. Whizbang said it would need adjustment every two weeks.
4. My research said that an ALF was sometimes used as a substitute for braces (which I could certainly use!), and that over time, it could change the alignment of the face. Dr. Whizbang had already been using ALFs, but these concepts seemed to come as a surprise to him.
5. Dr. Williams (the Canadian dentist) who was kind enough to advise me about this process had indicated that there would be a need for cranial-sacral therapy (CST). Both Dr. Whizbang and the AO chiro agreed. Dr. Williams had sent the chiro instructions of some CST to try, but the chiro declined because of a lack of training. Dr. Whizbang kept insisting that the chiro could do whatever was needed. I don’t know why he did that, so I sent him the email of what Dr. Williams wanted done. Maybe Dr. Whizbang will speak to the chiro about it. They seem to be colleagues who work together often and well. Or maybe not. . .
So molds were made and Dr. Whizbang said he would see me in five weeks to install the ALFs. Except that they require that I see the chiro the day after installation, which, of course, will be in the middle of the chiro’s summer vacation. I’m now waiting to hear from the chiro to see if I have to move this whole thing back another two weeks. Auggghhhhh!
It’s almost not worth it. Except for the fact that the day they snap those little puppies in, I might be able to abandon the scooter and be able to walk and climb stairs. As comedian Judy Tenuta always says, “It could happen!” From her lips to God’s ear. . .