1. Massage the scar tissue inside her mouth in the area where the pain was coming from. He softened the scars by gentle massage, called "rolfing," (which I had never heard of), until her entire tissue loosened up enough for him to progress from barely being able to fit his pinkie finger in there (between the cheek and the tooth/gums), to getting his index finger in there. Then having KT feel with her tongue to see how much more room there was in there. Meaning, too, that there is now more room for the toothbrush, which will allow her to keep that painful area cleaner.
photo of the device. Based on studies of acupuncture, it has various frequencies it sends out to interact with the nerves. He used about 5 different modes on her over about 45 minutes. Each mode decreased her pain further and further, until finally, she said the pain was gone. I was amazed, and wondered how much of it was psychological, but he now has me convinced. I'm hoping it will last for much longer than 48 hours, and I believe it just might!
Anyway, no decisions about any further surgeries were made, because the main focus of this visit was to find a way to relieve her of pain. So we consider this a success! (Even though his office didn't accept our insurance.) He now wants a copy of her before-surgery CT scan to compare with the most recent one, so he can think about the situation for awhile and then come up with some recommendations. Since this was the very first time he'd met KT, it was definitely a "get-to-know-you" session.
We like Dr. Matthews, and are still in shock as to how quickly he was able to help her overcome the long-standing pain. Thank you for your prayers and faith. We'll keep you posted as to how things go.
Love, Glenn, Pam & KT
P.S. We had dinner with Judy Mosher, a long-time friend and organizer of many Treacher-Collins Retreats over the years. That was a special "bonus" to this trip. We're still trying to work out a time and place to meet with KT's birth Dad, but so far we haven't been able to work out the details, so it may not happen this time.