Not good yesterday 😐

I ate too much and didn’t get any exercise at all! I meant to. It was really cold and wet though and I couldn’t go out to walk. The news said we had a possibility of snow overnight. Yeah right. 1. It’s not even close to 32 degrees. 2. Houston? Snow? 😂🤣 Yeah right! 3. I was WRONG!!!! It snowed! I actually went out in it to take a picture and video to prove it actually was snowing in Houston!!!

On the plus side, I did make 200 posts already! Woo hoo! Over 300 follows and 200 posts? Wow. Seriously guys, I never thought I would keep up with a blog and really never thought anyone would want to read it! Thank you so much! I love your thoughts and the likes. You guys are awesome!

So I took my son in to the dentist. He had 1 cavity. The dentist pulled his remaining 4 baby teeth too using laughing gas. He didn’t like the numbing shot but didn’t complain much at all until the orthodontist took forever to get in to us. So come to find out, his jaw is too small and they have to expand it before they can put braces on him. They took an impression of his top teeth and we have to go back next month to have the expander thing put in his mouth. I will have to turn it daily for 2 weeks and then we go in and get his braces on. This does not sound like fun! Plus not only does he have an overbite, his bite is sideways. They are going to have to fix all of that! In order to write it all off on my taxes, I paid for it so I don’t have to deal with that anymore. All we have to do now is go in and get it all done. So I’m WAY broke now but as long as he takes care of his teeth, he will have great teeth as he gets older which is good.

I tell my mom all this last night and she tells me about her family and how they all had small jaws and it made me laugh since I’M ADOPTED and her family has nothing to do with my kids mouth! 😂😂😂

I swear I will be back on track today. I have to. If it’s still cold and wet, I will have to go to the gym. Yuck but if I have to, I have to. I kind of missed my walk last night.

I have my breast ultrasound at 8:45 this morning, then 2 jobs if the roads are safe. The snow wasn’t sticking to the ground when I went out but that doesn’t mean it won’t be like that this morning. Sleepy’s son text me tonight asking if I was available tomorrow for a final Friday. Really??? I told you last Friday that I had to give you notice and you never answered me! So I booked other clients. So I actually told him that “since I never heard back from you, I booked other people”. He never answered. What a dumb ass. I’m glad to be done with him. I like her though! It’s not her fault he can’t do anything right! If you don’t communicate, I can’t help you though.

I watched Tropic Thunder last night too as well as Sing and Mauna. I still love kids movies even though my son doesn’t. Tropic Thunder was a bit stupid. That didn’t surprise me though. That’s why I never saw it before.

Y’all have a good day!

Ridiculous

Yes. This exercise watch is ridiculous. Okay, okay, it’s not the watch – but I’m frustrated with these steps yesterday!

I went out and did a 20 minute, 3.5 miles per hour walk last night and I didn’t even get near the 10,000 step mark??? I still needed 2,000 steps! And this is AFTER walking around all day while working and going out with my mom. I did stay outside walking to make sure I got my steps in.

I did get an award off my watch for doing 8 straight days of hitting all of my goals last night after I stayed out and made sure I got my steps in. I am really proud of that. I don’t think I have done this much work to better myself in forever! Literally! I’ve always been the one to work out a day, take a day off, work out a day or two, take more days off, take a cheat day on my diet plan, etc. Now I’ve gone 8 days straight.

There are 2 crackers left. Out of the 75 I made. Seriously. They are THAT tasty. I looked at what I had eaten in my log and realized my mother ate most of them. Okay Mom, I guess I shouldn’t have introduced you to those. They would have lasted me a week. That’s okay. That’s why I cook, so she will have something good to eat.

She and I had a serious talk yesterday (she was stuck riding around with me in my car for an hour) about what issues she has medically and what she’s been tested for at her doctors office. I want her to take the dementia test. Now she thinks that I think she’s crazy. Good lord mother. I just want to make sure you’re okay! I’m very glad I’ve been making diabetic friendly foods since she finally admitted to me that she’s diabetic and doesn’t check her blood sugar or control what she’s eating. She says if it’s her time, she’s fine to go be with my dad again. Umm, oookkkkaaaayyyy. I swear. If I could smack her upside the head I would. I’ll just keep cooking healthy stuff and she can keep thinking it’s normal food. I will cut out a lot of bread too (like not buying it, telling her the burger I made is steak (yeah right). This is making me nuts. She’s an adult though and I can’t make or force her to take better care of herself. All I can do is be here for her and cook healthy.

My son decided to go to school in shorts in our 40 degree weather yesterday too. And since it was raining, I picked him up to go home instead of the walking he usually does. All he had was a sweater too! It’s supposed to rain today as well but I’m picking him up early because he has a dentist appointment for a cleaning and then he will meet with the orthodontist about braces. I got a discount card that is supposed to save me $3,000 on his braces too so yay! It cost me $112 for both of us to be covered by it but since I need to go in and have my dentures checked anyway every 6 months, why not? This makes cleanings all free and discounts on everything else. It’s called My Smile Dental Plan. I used it when I got my dentures and saved almost $10,000 plus now with the savings on braces, I think it’s totally worth the money!

That’s it today. I will go see Forgetful and then pick my son up at school. He is going to the dentist to get told all about braces and what they will be doing plus a cleaning. Have a great day!

An easy day

We got a lot done yesterday. My son and I went to the 2 story Barnes and Noble in River Oaks yesterday morning where he was able to buy 4 new manga books and I got 2 new Bookshots by James Patterson. I also ate breakfast there at their Starbucks. I still can’t believe they have quiche!

So I brought my son home around 11 and went straight to my Mom’s. She had to talk to me for a while and then went to work. My ex boyfriend and I got to work around 1:30pm. I had already started my 2 loads of laundry and picked nails off the floor in my room as well as taken a few things of mine upstairs. He and I broke down the desk that’s been sitting in the patio for weeks to be taken away by the trash men, took a bunch more stuff upstairs, almost finished my closet (he had put too much mud on and has to sand it down – his hair was white when he finished most of it yesterday), moved the bookcase in my room where I want it, put doors on my mothers armoire, and talked about when he would come finish. We also got a ton of stuff ready for the Salvation Army to come on Wednesday. We did a few other things I’m sure, he was there for 3 hours. I finally gave him the extra keys and the title to the car and he was happy about that!

Since I worked hard yesterday, today is nice because all I have is a lunch with a neighbor and 2 ladies in a retirement home and then going over to see Indecisive for the first time in a LONG time. She called me yesterday morning while I was busy planning with my mother to ask me to come by. Since she just talks and asks me to fix her computer, I’m happy to just go be quiet for a while and let her talk to me. That’s it for today! Sounds good to me! I think I will just relax this morning before my lunch.

It’s weird how it works out. I really needed extra time to myself this week to be able to move the last of my stuff over and be ready for the movers and I am pretty slow this week work wise. The last 2 weeks of working my butt off helps too since I already have the money to pay for the movers and can take a slow week.

My home has been on the market for 17 days. 5 people have come to look at it. That’s it! That’s barely one every 3 days. I need this place sold. My son lost another baby tooth last night. He was complaining that his tooth hurt. He showed me his mouth and I told him, if you pull out the baby tooth, you’ll feel better since your adult tooth is already halfway out! Crazy child. He saw blood when he pulled it and said he couldn’t do the other two he has like that because he doesn’t want his mouth bleeding that much. 🙄

Oh! And it’s actually cool outside!!! 65 degrees! Woo hoo!!! The high today is supposed to be 78 so probably 80 but the past few days have had a high of 90-93 so I’m happy!!!! A good Monday!

Have a good day you guys!

March 2016

I already blogged about my dentures. I forgot that I wrote in a journal about the experience as it happened. This is long and may be boring to some but it is my story so I want it published!

Before surgery:

After years of crappy dentists and a hereditary link to bad teeth, I went to a friends dentist who is actually going to do what I have wanted for years. He is going to have his oral surgeon pull all of my teeth under anesthesia and he is going to give me dentures. I can’t wait! All of the other dentists I have seen want to “save” the teeth and do root canals and who knows what else, just as long as they make tons of money off me. How many times can a person go through the same procedures? I have no back teeth at all after having root canals with crowns that fell off and rotted or just had them pulled to save money on those root canals and and crowns!

I have 3 weeks before this will take place. I have started researching the procedure, what to expect, and actually spoke with 2 other women that have gone through this. Woman 1 had hers done 20 years ago. She paid $50 a tooth to be pulled (so not fair as these days the cheapest to get it done is $300 a tooth while you are awake) and was awake for the procedure. She doesn’t remember how many had to be pulled at this time. She got her dentures a week later and has had 3 sets of dentures in 20 years. The first for a year, the 2nd for 20 years. She just got this newest pair 6 months ago and she is very happy that she did this.

Woman 2 just had this done a month ago. She has NOT been happy so far. She has trouble keeping the dentures in, even after many trips back to her dentist. She gags a lot and cannot even eat soft foods yet! Her teeth look wonderful and she’s happy she went through the procedure even though she was awake with only Novocain to get her teeth pulled. She told me she didn’t have bottom teeth anyway so she was ready to get this done.

After researching and speaking with these 2 women, I am really excited! I still have a week before mine will get done too. I am working as much as possible so I can take a few days off without worrying about bills.

I have my ride to the procedure set (thanks to my parents who said they want to meet the man they gave a shit ton of money to), my ride for my 24 hour follow up visit set (one of my oldest friends that I met in 6th grade who also gave me the dentist name), tons of soup in the pantry, and ice cream in the freezer. My son will stay at my parents for 3 days so I can recover and have a weird schedule if needed.

Day of surgery:

I am very excited! I woke up at 5am, did everything I needed to do, and then waited on my 6:15am ride to the dentist office with my parents. My Dad was not in a good mood since he was not used to getting up that early plus I’m sure he was nervous for me.

We are on time and yet the oral surgeon ended up being an hour late (he said traffic which doesn’t surprise me here). As I waited, my blood pressure elevated, probably because I was more and more nervous just sitting in the dentists chair. When he arrived, he told me what he was going to do. My dentist came in to say hello and meet my parents. That helped me relax a lot. He’s a great guy and truly remarkable dentist.

An hour later, I woke up with my dentures. My face was numb from my neck up to my eyes. I have a full set of teeth! Yay!

I get home and my Dad goes and picks up my prescriptions. As soon as he gets back, I take everything. He brought pain medicine (Tramadol), an antibiotic, an anti-nausea medicine, as well as a mouth rinse. After taking everything, my Dad left so I could rest. I watched TV, wandered around the house, ate ice cream (not easy with a numb face!), and text a bunch of friends. My son came home after school to check on me with my friend that drove him home. She and her son left a few minutes later and my son packed a bag to go stay with my parents (his grandparents) for a few days while I recover. After many hugs and kisses, my Dad picked him up and I was alone. The only time I got up after that was when a package was delivered to the door or human nature happening.

3:30am the day after surgery of pulling 16 teeth and waking up with dentures:

I went to bed at 9pm on Tramadol and a sleeping pill as pain was just starting and numbness was just wearing off.

PAIN woke me up at 3:30AM! My mouth hurt so bad! I feel like the dentures are cutting into my gums and I’m still bleeding from who knows where in my mouth. The surgeon told me that I have to keep the teeth in for 2 days so the swelling won’t get so bad that the teeth don’t fit. I am really looking forward to going to the dentist this morning just to be having these taken out – even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

I am not happy with these dentures. The impressions that the dentist took showed how my top teeth are big so why are these so small? And why are the bottom teeth so tall? Also, why is the gum color so dark? It looks like I am sick!

I take a picture of my teeth to share with certain people and send it to them. I take my pills, and then a 30 minute nap. Then I go and watch TV for a few hours. All I’m allowed to eat on the 1st day is cold liquid foods. I ate a pint of ice cream over the course of the day (not too much fun when you’re lactose intolerant either) and I don’t want anymore. My neighbors brought me some flowers and I told them how sick of ice cream I was. One of them ran home and brought me back a vegetable juice (Naked juice Green Machine) that tastes pretty good (I am really hungry but it’s actually good too). I drank an entire glass and took another pain pill. That juice and blenderized soups saved me from being too hungry.

My friend came to spend the night and drive me back to the dentist the next morning. We talked for a while and then I took more pills and went to bed at 9pm because when I stood up, I was dizzy from the sleep aid I took.

I went to the dentist and asked him for something other than Tramadol for pain. He gave me Vicodin thankfully so that took care of all the pain I had been in. He said I was doing well. He told me I could eat hot liquid foods so I almost raced home to put soup in the blender and eat it. I had to be on a liquid diet for 3 weeks while I healed.

I had to go to the dentist every 2 weeks for adjustments for about 3 months. Then I was able to not have to go for 3 months. I had gotten used to them. My clients love my new look and are very happy for me.

Cut to January 2017. I go in to the dentist, he takes new impressions, has me text him pictures of what my teeth originally looked like, and he HANDMADE my permanent set. Now I look like I used to other than I have pretty teeth now.

This was an experience I do not wish for anyone. It was necessary for me and for a lot of people. Don’t get this done over a few teeth. I had 16 teeth already pulled or rotted out and the remaining ones were starting to go too. That’s the only reason I did it. I am NOT good at taking pain (thank God for c-sections instead of natural childbirth – that’s a WHOLE different story). I am glad I did it though. It’s worth it in the end.

Teeth issues

Ever since I got my braces off at the age of 14, my teeth have gotten worse and worse. I always brushed my teeth like I was supposed to, I went to the dentist every 6 months, I did everything I was told. I always had cavities and my mom would blame me, not knowing or understanding that in part it is genetics.

When I met my biological siblings, I noticed everyone's teeth were horrible and my sister 6 years younger than me has dentures. So I talked to my friends dentist and he said teeth are part how you take care of them and part genetics. I was so happy to have been validated!

This is a picture of myself before I did something about it.

They kept getting worse. One of my friends brothers friend happens to be a dentist and did it for the military overseas for a long time before coming home and setting up shop here. So I listened to my friend and went to see him.

I came out of his office with a price and a plan. He agreed with me that I was missing too many teeth in the back and the front ones were so bad that my best bet was to get the bad teeth pulled and get dentures. I have heard horror stories of implants and actually had a couple of people that after a few years, the implants started falling out!

Before my Dad passed, he drove me down to the dentist (30 miles away from where I live – he's in Clear Lake) and he paid for everything up front. I went to sleep with bad teeth and woke up with beautiful teeth. When the numbness wore off, I was in pain! I was in pain for 2 weeks, I even had to go ask for better pain killers. I never take pain meds either! Over the next 6 months, I was down at his office at least once every 2 weeks having them adjusted. All of those visits were covered too!!! So that was in March 2016.

After a year, when my gums are supposed to have stopped receding, I got to go back and get my permanent dentures. They look just like my real teeth, without all the disgusting stuff and missing teeth. All the pain in the first few months was totally worth it! It really was painful at first too.

This is the difference between the temporary dentures and my permanent ones. The first set was really small teeth and I hated them! I told the dentist every time I would see him that I wanted my permanent ones to look like my original teeth. He used his cell phone and took close up pictures of my teeth and he made my new set himself.

The difference between my real teeth and my dentures. I am SO much happier with my smile now!

The dentist did an awesome job and I would recommend his office to anyone, I even take my son there now that they have a pediatric dentist.

Clear Lake Modern Dentistry is the BEST!!!