27 April 2012

The Big Day- aka Grand Re-Opening

We're about to leave the house in 20minutes, to take the long drive down to Vanderbilt.  It's exciting, nerve-wracking (what if something hasn't healed right and I need to be wired longer), and... a sense of relief. The time has finally come (the walrus said...) and hopefully by the time I get back home I can brush the inside of my mouth, and stuff some delicious sweet potato pancakes inside my mouth.  I also have to ask some questions about physical capabilities, what I can and cannot do to my mouth, etc.

I'll update this blog later today with pictures through the journey, and today. My teeth will be stained... and slightly British looking... but I'm sure they'll clean up soon (I'm just warning you about the teeth).

**edited** I failed to remember that they don't take the arch bars off right away.  After the wires come off, are a time of using rubber bands. Similar to rubber bands for braces.  Not too big of a deal, and thankfully I only have to wear the bands at night.  Which means my jaw can relax and stuff during the day while I eat and talk, without having to get an extra workout of being banded shut.

Gross note: apparently drinking green juice can cause discoloration of teeth.  I didn't realize that my bottom teeth sit behind my front teeth, so when I use the water pik and toothbrush, I could only brush the top teeth. So my bottom teeth-were... disgusting. I called them British, but they were like Austin Powers x 10. Thankfully after a second brushing some of it went away... and I think continual brushing will help get them clean. I wanted to take a picture, but I didn't want evidence of the grossness.  Pics to come later tonight after small group.

Oh, my dear friend Emily, whom I got to hang out with A LOT because of surgery, hooked up with hubby (to determine favorite color) and she brought me a potted plant! And a $15 gift card to Cold Stone. When we came home from hospital today they were on the front porch. Seriously. I am so blessed!

26 April 2012

Tomorrow is the *BIG* day!

Aka my grand re-opening (as my dad in law put it). I say re-opening because this is the second glorious time I've been wired shut, although last time I had braces on, so the cutting free was fairly different.

Sadly I had a hard time sleeping last night, and again, woke up with a crazy tension headache. After some excedrin, water, and grabbing an ice pack, I headed back to bed. Where I slept for another 2.5 hours. Thank goodness! Because we don't have curtains in our house... I know I know, we're lame/weird or something.. our bedroom gets the morning sun. Which believe me is fantastic, unless you want to sleep in! So I normally can't sleep past 8 and that's pushing it... normally up by 7. But having the ice pack over my eyes helped block out all light... allowing me extra sleep.  I also think tension headache is associated with the increase in talking I've been doing since returning to work (slightly). Yesterday I was feeling like poo after my early arrival in the morning- so I only went in later in the afternoon-just to do some email stuff.

Today I'll be in for a little bit, since I have a teleconference at 2. Hopefully there won't be much talking... cause it's difficult to understand me over the phone :/

Definitely looking forward to tomorrow, being able to yawn, brush the inside of my teeth, and being able to just generally open my mouth and put something in side, instead of having to strain liquids through my teeth, or put food into my little hole on the side.

Indeed, freedom won't come easy... I'll have to do physical therapy to get my muscles used to opening again, and chewing will be hard, and I can't eat hard stuff (aka raw vegetables)... but still so very exciting!

20 April 2012

Seven days... until freedom!

I find it hard to believe that this time next week I'll be in the car, driving down to Nashville in order to get my wires taken off. The process is a little more than just being "cut free," since I no longer have braces... the arch bars are actually wrapped around the roots of my teeth, under the gums. Ho yup yup yup... you think about getting those off... For that reason, I'll be under while they cut and wiggle my mouth free.

And of course, I won't be able to just go out, and eat a whopper (although, not like I'd want to eat a whopper per say), but you get my drift right? I'll be likely to only be able to open my mouth a few cm, maybe an inch when I'm first cut free, and will have to work on getting my muscles all stretched out and able to open and all that goodness. I am however, plotting to grab some Pancake Pantry sweet potato pancakes (totally not Paleo, I know), and bring them home... in order to enjoy some nice soft deliciousness once we get back to Clarksville.

Anyway. I'm looking forward to being free. Perhaps more importantly, looking forward to being healthy and able-bodied again.  But I have been walking everyday this week. Mostly doing a 1.3mi loop around the neighborhood, and I started doing an upper body workout, then the next day part of Jillian's 6 Week 6 Pack. I'm hoping to continue alternating it over the next couple weeks, so I can build up my strength without seriously overstraining my jaw.

More importantly, I'm looking forward to heading down to my favorite Franklin's Farmer Market on Saturday. We're having some friends (well a college friend traveling with her parents) stop by on Sunday, so I'm making some (grassfed) meatloaf, salad greens, and mashed red potato/cauliflower. I'll be picking up some fantastic greens from the market (I need to get the name of the salad lady), seriously her greens are SO soft, and some meat.

Tonight we have a volunteer event at our community's "River & Spires" an annual event with whatevers. Booths and stuff. That'll be interesting. o_O  anyway.

Yesterday I did a "half" day at work. Although I'm still on medical leave, my boss asked if I was well enough to attend training that was being held, and I said yes. Then we talked about me going back to work part time next week. Seems doable, although I'll definitely need to prepare enough juice for it. (I'm out of greens!) Thankfully today is a day off, cause I think I need it to recover. Anyway. It should help pass the time next week.

That's about it for me. Aloha!

18 April 2012

a Hunger for God

A while ago I meant to write up this blog, but I didn't. I've been slacking in the spiritual department. You know, reading, getting into His Word. But this was profound for me...so I wanted to share.

I accidentally read the wrong Proverbs one morning, but God totally used it.
"The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry (famished), but he thwarts the craving of the wicked." Prov 10:3

And then some cross references were Matt 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom & his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well." And Ps 34:10 "The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." I was convicted this morning as I was thinking about how "hungry" I was. Then to be reminded that we are indeed-made to crave God. When I seek his righteousness, only then will I be satisfied.

Of other interesting note-the word "Seek" in Matthew means to "Crave." Zeteo. I think it also seems like an awesome name for a child.

No, no kid on the way. Just a reminder- I can't get pregnant for a year post surgery otherwise there runs a huge risk factor of complications with development (the bone morphogenic protein they used in my jaw has caused bone deformities in rabbit fetuses within a year of use).

Just sharing.

09 April 2012

Another Crazy Weekend

This weekend was a bit busier than I was originally intending. Starting off with getting up early Friday morning (by my post-surgery standards), to be ready to go walking with some ladies at 8am. Then M & I went grocery shopping, and did some Easter shopping for Z. Then finally home, and then later in the evening our Good Friday service.

Saturday was the first time we got to head back down to Franklin for the Farmers Market. Definitely got some amazing greens for an Easter Salad at the Sims, and then juicing greens, honey, eggs, butter and bacon. Then Whole Foods, some coffee, and picking up the next part of our Made to Crave study-the action plan. Back home to rest up before the Made to Crave Study, and then time to cook two pecan cherry coconut maple pies for Easter dinner at Sims. M made some green juice for me, that included some cabbage... (dun dun dun)

Sunday morning, a dear friend was going to church for the first time, and she needed to go to the 830 service since she had to drive 2hrs to see family... another early morning for us. We get out of bed and rolling, only to find out the cabbage isn't settling in my stomach very well (perhaps, it was a*hem, a few weeks old)... and the runs come on. Get to church on time, still a little unsettled, survive service, see some people get baptized and head home. Time to make some home-made sweet potato chips, carrot chips, and salt & vinegar chips. Other than burning the sweet potatoes and the regular chips, they were pretty good. The carrot chips not so much, they were too thick and were mushy and not crunchy at all. Head to Varbles, then swing by back home to pick up pies and prep salad, and off to the Sims. All I had Sunday was some kefir, some grapefruit juice, a mini reese's pb cup, some nerds...some broccoli and cheese soup... and that was it. My tummy was too unsettled, with frequent BR breaks... wasn't fun. Needless to say walking into a house of delicious my favorite kind of food (thanksgiving) was not enjoyable. I probably ruined it for M, and then while they were prepping the food, and then the kids got to eat, and I was feeding Z (after I originally told M to do it and then yelled at him to go eat)... I just couldn't handle it. So I took the keys from M and drove home.

Yup I drove. Weird. But I had to get out. I was tired, cranky, hungry, not feeling well... you get the gist. So I laid in bed... texting a friend, about how I ruined Easter dinner. Then finally got out of bed, made a shake, and started reading the Word. (did I mention I burnt the palm of my hand trying to move the cast iron skillet out of the stove?) Totally convicted:
I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice (not in circumstances); I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:1-2

After a final trip to the bathroom, headed back to pick up M and the kid. I felt horribly bad for storming out, and poor M was left with the awkward explaining... and emotionally I was just spent. I think had I been able to really eat and fill myself up, it wouldn't have been so bad. You know, but seriously. I was miserably hungry, and miserably having to go to the bathroom.

Anyway. I'm grateful His mercies are new every morning... cause I definitely needed them this morning. I slept for 14hrs last night, and definitely enjoyed every minute of it. Guess I was a bit more pooped than I thought. :D

03 April 2012

The end of a weekend

This weekend seemed a little busier than normal. Saturday M had a mens' group meeting, so I watched the kid from about 9-1130. It wasn't too bad, although the 9 part was rough since I normally sleep in. But Z minded his manners with his ipad until I could function. Then up to get Z some breakfast, and me some juice. Then I started cleaning a little since the owners of our rental home were coming by around 3 in the afternoon. Sadly it was smack in the middle of my "Made to Crave" study that I normally go to at 2... but I decided it was best to stay home with M & the kid to help out. After the owners came by, noticed that the siding needs to be cleaned and the deck redone (thankfully they'll be replacing a warped piece of wood, slightly dangerous)- I mentioned the blinds, but I don't think they're likely to replace them any time soon. I guess we can try right? Afterwards we headed to our friend Viv's house for her bday celebration. A couple hours of hanging out, before her and the hubby went to a movie. I made deviled eggs for her, with a twist. Used greek yogurt instead of mayo, and then added mustard and dijon mustard. It was pretty tasty. And.. way healthier!

Anyway. Pain is mostly manageable. Had a crazy headache Sunday morning before and during church, I think it was because I was dehydrated! I've gotten lazy and don't necessarily enjoy drinking stuff. You know? When that's all you can do... it gets old. Fast. So it's been another battle of trying to get water in...

Time to get ready for the day! We're gonna swing by The Settlement to see if we can turn in an application, and if I can check it out. It's only slightly more for full-time care, and they said they had openings for Z's age in May. I think both M & I want him in a more structured academic setting... perhaps someplace that doesn't play "I'm sexy & I know it."

Fantastic note, I made some broccoli and cheese soup last night. Amazing. Used the raw organic cheese, some homemade chicken broth, and frozen broccoli (we were running low of food funds)... nom nom nom. Looking forward to eating some today.