Actually I don't have a lot
to write about this month. I've made almost no progress on
the buying of new furniture for my house (although I did get
a rug). I hope to start the furniture shopping in earnest
this coming month. I just haven't had the time, plus I was
waiting for the rug to come (the furniture color will be
based on the rug). So it has continued to be a slow and
painful process. I hope to get the dining room set squared
away this month. I am so tired of empty rooms and no place
to sit and hang out!
The flu is going around my kids' schools and my oldest was home
a few days last week feeling sick. Fortunately she didn't get
the 103 fever for days on end!
I've been busy figuring out
what camps to send my kids to this summer. It seems that each
summer it gets harder to figure out! I really wish that they
didn't start the registration in March, because really who knows
their summer plans already in March or even April? But you know
how it is -- it's best to sign up early or you could be stuck on
a waiting list, or worse be totally shut out of something your
kids wanted to do. Anyway, I've got it all squared away except
for one thing, which will be easy. Another summer figured out!
It has been raining
and raining here in Northern California and I've got to say that
I'm tired of it already. All of my daughter's softball games and
most of her practices have been rained-out. I'm ready for some
sunshine, some tennis, and some bike rides!
My younger daughter and I are
going to the orthodontist soon for a "check up." For her -- to
see how her teeth are coming in (and to determine when she will
need braces). For me -- just to have a "look see." I am going to
ask if my retainer can be made tighter to help push a couple of
teeth closer together. As time has gone on and the teeth have
settled there are a few places where food shreds still get
stuck. It would be nice to close them up tighter without
resorting to bonding or whatever.
Well, neither of my kids
needs braces right now. My younger daughter's palate
expansion (to correct her cross bite) has held up very well.
Her permanent teeth are coming in nicely. Both of my kids are
very slow teethers; my oldest still hasn't lost all of her
baby teeth and she is almost a teenager. Our orthodontist
doesn't feel that it is necessary to start treatment until
all of their permanent teeth are in. I agree, because now
neither of them has any bite or jaw issues and the teeth generally
look OK. But I know that in the future they will both need
braces to straighten their teeth. My oldest will probably
get them in a year or two. She's happy that Mom has all the
dental wax she will ever need, LOL (i.e., our DentaKit.com
orthodontist also tweaked my Hawley retainer a bit to encourage
one tooth to move slightly and close a small gap that opened up.
At first it seemed to work very well -- the gap did get smaller.
Unfortunately shreds of food still get stuck in there when I
eat. I think I will need to get it bonded. I'm not upset about
it; I just hope that this is the last one I need to get done.
Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't go back into braces for 6
months, but I think at this point that would be rather drastic.
Except for that gap, things are fine. I get a lot of compliments
on my teeth!
This month the site is featuring
an article about
bisphosphonate drugs (such as Fosamax and Boniva) and their role
in the risk of developing a damaging jaw disease called Osteonecrosis of
the Jaw (ONJ). If you have taken this drug, you should read the
article to become informed about this condition, especially if
you plan to have extractions or jaw surgery.
I became aware of this topic
when one of our older ArchWired readers (who is in Damon
brackets and needed extractions), had to stop treatment. Many
adults are on these drugs to help strengthen their bones. As
more adults seek orthodontic treatment, the risk associated with
bisphosphonate drugs could become worrisome. At the moment there
isn't much information about the risk these drugs might play in
orthodontic treatment. As information becomes available, it will
be posted on ArchWired.
On a lighter (and certainly less
important) note, my home improvement odyssey continues. It has
been challenging at times trying to coordinate the work we're
having done, but it is coming together. Next week we will have
new recessed lights in our living room and shelves in a closet
in our TV room. Soon after the painter will come in and do his
thing, including new crown molding and baseboards. And sometime
in the process all the yucky old interior doors will be replaced
with nicer ones.
managed to finally order a sofa for the living room, but now I'm
at a standstill over the fabric for one chair. I want a nice
pattern for the chair, but it is very difficult due to the color
scheme and pattern of the rug that will be beneath it. Every
fabric I've found seems to clash in one way or another. It's a
huge headache. I may just give up and go with a solid color,
because I'm tired of searching through fabrics.
This renovation thing is like a
full-time job and it makes me very tired. I have learned a lot
about myself in this process. Mainly, that I just don't have the
patience to ruminate ad-nauseum on pieces of furniture and
fabric. I don't mind searching, but when it takes more than a
few days I start to get really cranky. And then when you finally
make up your mind, it takes 10 to 12 weeks for the furniture to
arrive! Now I know for a fact that I would never have the
patience to be an interior designer! (Not that I was ever
thinking about it, LOL).
Well, I hope that we will be done with this process by the end
of the month. Hubby wants to buy one of those new reclining
chairs that doesn't look like a reclining chair (it looks like a
nice club chair). Which is fine by me, except that he needs to
sit in a bunch of reclining chairs and pick one out! THAT is the
challenge. Some of the chairs we have in mind aren't even on a
showroom floor anywhere (although similar models are). It is
maddening, and I can't wait until the whole process is over. I
keep wishing I could wake up tomorrow and the whole thing would
be done, so I could get on with other stuff I want to do.
Before I get off my soapbox on
this subject, I want to comment on how unrealistic those home
makeover shows are on HGTV, Bravo, and Lifetime. They just go to
a showroom and pick out furniture -- no endless waiting for
them! And of course all the colors harmonize perfectly. A full
kitchen remodel? No sweat, it can be done in the course of a
half-hour show (which is so easy when you have a full-time
carpenter, plumber, and electrician at your beck and call). I
saw a show last night called Flip This House, where a real
estate team in Charleston SC bought a dilapidated little house
stuffed with junk, and in 10 days -- TEN DAYS -- totally
renovated it, inside and out, including a new kitchen, newly
finished attic, and new backyard garden. On the 11th day they
sold it and made $72,000 in profit.
Disney should consider a new
attraction: Home Improvement Land. I'm sure that HGTV would have
a big pavilion in that fantasy world. You'll find it
right next to the flying cars and the photos of the Mars colony.
Later today I take both of my
kids to the dentist for their routine cleanings and
checkups. My older daughter will probably need another baby
tooth extracted. This has been the norm with her baby molars
-- they just don't seem to want to come out on their own.
She has been wiggling it for almost 3 months now. I hate to
put the kid through the extraction process, but our
pediatric dentist is wonderful and makes it as pleasant and
painless as possible.
Why extraction? Well, if the baby
tooth isn't coming out, and the adult tooth is under it (or
behind it), it can either cause the baby tooth to shatter, or
the baby tooth may become sort-of embedded in the gum. Neither
option is good, so extraction is the answer on these stubborn
Since I have
been out of braces for more than a year, I am thinking of ending
this journal at the conclusion of this year. Simply, it is no
longer an "orthodontic journal," but just a "regular 'ol
Of course, the chronicle of all
my braces experience will remain here on the site. I may add a
new interactive blog just to say what's on my mind each month.
But I feel silly continuing to write that here, because it's
supposed to be a journal about my treatment -- which is now long
Well, I am
neck-deep in home improvement. As I write, the painters are here
cutting and hammering up the new crown molding that is going
into our living/dining room.
Some of our furniture has "come
in" and is waiting in the furniture store's warehouse. It's
painful to know that it's there but I can't have it yet (I have
to wait until the painting is finished). This is especially true
for the china cabinet -- a piece of furniture I've been wanting
for almost 20 years. Patience, patience....
I did a lot of nail-biting about
what colors to paint things, and finally those colors are going
up on the walls. Phew, OK, so far they do look good. I have very
little confidence in my own ability to make these decorating
decisions (despite help from some professionals). I have to keep
reminding myself that it's only paint, it's only furniture --
really, it's not earth-shattering or even terribly important in
the grand scheme of things.
Later this month, the door
replacement company will replace all of our yucky old interior
doors with nice new ones. Unfortunately, they need to TAKE THE
OLD DOORS WITH THEM for a few days before they put the new ones
on! They need to use the old doors for templates (??). I'm not
looking forward to this. A house with 4 people and no doors
except in the kitchen (pocket doors that were re-done a few
years ago). No doors on the bedrooms. No doors on the bathrooms!
The door company tells me, "We come on a Monday and take your
doors away, then we install your new ones on Wednesday,
Thursday, or Friday." To which I reply, "Umm....what do I need
to do to make this happen on Wednesday instead of
Thursday or Friday?" Yeah, that will be a really fun week in my
Oh yeah, we
finished picking out all the major pieces of furniture, FINALLY!
My husband and I spent a very productive Saturday recently going
to several stores so he could sit in various reclining chairs. I
was sure that this would take forever, but amazingly enough,
Macy's happened to have a very stylish reclining chair (which
doesn't look like a recliner at all -- it looks like a really
nice club chair). Turns out that Macy's was having a sale. Hubby
liked the chair and it was comfortable for both of us. Plus, I
liked the style. Sold! One more task is done!