- Pain: 0/10
- Inconvenience: 3/10
Three days. That’s how much longer I’ll be married to “the splint”. I have an appointment at 7:00 am on May 10th to have it removed. My day of reckoning looks like this:
- 7:00 am — Get my splint unwired and removed at my surgeon’s office
- 8:00 am — Have an impression made at my orthodontist’s office
- 1:30pm — Head back to my orthodontist’s office to get an appliance put in
I’ll also be at work in between the last 2 appointments, so it’s going to be quite a hectic day. You may be wondering what an impression is and why I need an appliance put in. The appliance is going to take over the job that the splint is currently performing. Since my bone won’t be completely fused for another full month, the appliance is necessary to keep the roof of my mouth from contracting. I believe it’s just a simple, firm wire that attaches to my molars on each side of my top jaw.
The impression is required so that my orthodontist can construct the appliance to fit perfectly inside my mouth. When you receive an impression, they fill 2 trays with some really odd molding material and and ask you to bite down on them. After a few minutes, they remove them, but in the process, little chunks of the material break off in your mouth. You then have the privilege of spending the next 10 minutes of your life gurgling, swishing and spitting in a sink in an attempt to expel all of those little bits.
Does anyone remember my incessant complaining about the large stitch in the middle of my top lip? It was frustrating because it was continually getting caught on my braces and was slowly ripping out of my lip every time I brushed. Well guess what! It’s finally dissolved! My lip feels so much nicer.
A reader requested the recipe to the taco hamburger soup I spoke of a few days ago, so here are the ingredients:
- Orange peppers
- Garlic powder
- Beef OXO
- Old El Paso taco seasoning
- Jasmine rice
- Ground beef
The only instructions are to chop all the vegetables up, brown the ground beef and then throw everything in a giant pot of water and let it cook. Add the rice at the end (but not too much, or it will absorb all the water and you’ll be left with more of a casserole than a soup).
I’d also like to let the world know I am no longer skilled at the honorable game of table tennis. I think my ping pong skills are directly tied to the health of my jaw.