Today was pink clay day, which I've been anxiously awaiting. These are the molds I've been waiting to take, for what seems like for ever! When I go back to my ortho in 3 weeks, he'll let me know if my teeth are where they need to be for surgery. Anyone who's had molds taken with braces on understands how hard it is to get all those tiny pieces out. And the sink station is smack dab in the middle of the office, where everyone can see you brushing, picking, spitting and gnarling it up in the mirror looking for more stragglers. Not a pleasant situation at all! But at least there is no pain involved.
Speaking of pain, my teeth don't hurt anymore. This should be a good thing, but I think if they don't hurt then they are not moving. Then again, what do I know? Also, I think I've started clenching my teeth in my sleep. I have never done this before, but the past few weeks I often wake up with tight jaw muscles and sore molars. My TM joints are popping and clicking A LOT now, and they never used to. So, I mentioned it to my ortho and he gave me a night guard to use. I can't imagine sleeping with that thing in my mouth, but I'll give it a try.
I still feel like I'm in limbo but other things are looking up. I've lost 31 pounds! It's not much but I'm down two pant sizes, and people are starting no notice now, which makes all the hard work seem worth it. I have 49 lbs to go still, but I'm almost half way to my goal, yay me! Another positive lately, I'm starting to feel less stressed about juggling my roles. I was a stay at home mom for two years, I've been back to work since February. I've had a hard time learning to balance full time work (I do one 8 hour and two 16 hour shifts each week, or two 12's and a 16), and being the best Mommy/chef/maid that I can. And what I've learned, is that I can't do it all with the degree of perfection I'd like, and that's OKAY. As Cece says in her blog, "Screw Superwoman!" I've pretty much waived the white flag regarding house work. I'll get to it when I can, everything doesn't HAVE to be spotless all the time. Right now, spending time with my daughter is more important. She has so many things going on right now between the divorce and a new classroom in school every couple of months, I worry about her. But, that's my job I guess, I'm supposed to worry :)
Sorry for the long-winded tangent. I try to keep my banter to jaw related issues only here, but sometimes I wander. I hope everyone recovering is doing well and those who have recently recovered are loving life with their brand new chompers!