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January 2018 Update

January 2018 Update

February 1, 2018

Hey Everyone,

I can’t believe that 1/12 of the year is already over. Seems like yesterday that it was the stroke of midnight welcoming in a brand new year with lots of things to accomplish. While there have been many strides forward during this month to kick off the 2018 year, there have been a couple setbacks.  As with any journey we keep pushing through to reach the finish line.

Husband and I reevaluated our financial situation for this upcoming 2018 year, especially since he is losing his GI Benefits in May and we needed to figure out how to pay for his summer classes and then the last semester of college for him. At first, it was going to be so constricting that we would have been having absolutely no room to breath, not even a penny could be squeezed out anymore.

After our conversation, we found some breathing room with him filing his FASFA for his last semester early. We just needed to figure out how to pay for the last three weeks of the current semester, summer classes and books for those times Which would have still caused it to be tight but breathable. Another windfall came as well in the form of my in-laws. Goodness, I love them. They kinda knew that with the loss of the GI Bill that we were going to have some difficulties so they gave us some money to finish paying the last three weeks of this semester, and then books for the summer. Now we just need to put aside money for books for the last semester at the University of Nevada, Reno. Much easier to come up with $500-$750 for books than an extra $6,000+.

We celebrated a whole year of braces for me, a successful eye surgery for Monster, and I even got a small promotion at work, and Husband is working on a promotion at his job. We even dropped my youngest down to two partial days at daycare to cut some daycare costs.

With all this stress and more “free time” since there isn’t as much overtime at my job at the moment (still an extra 12-20 hours a week, but less than what I did during OEP) I’ve been able to hit the streets more often. During the month of January, I’ve accumulated 36 miles under my feet. Yup, only 36. Those miles certainly feel fantastic right now. I’m only 7% accomplished with my goal of 500, but I’m slow and steady. I do not want a medical bill to worry about during this year. That can wait for a time of never.

January 36-500 miles

How about you? Did you accomplish any of your 2018 goals? Was it as hard as you thought it would be? Tell me in the comments.

Also, whoever can guess correctly the number of running miles completed by the end of February will get a special gift from me. Give me your best guess. Who knows? You might be a winner.

See you on the other side.

A Year of Braceface

A Year of Braceface

January 16, 2018

Hey Everyone,

As of the 10th, I have had braces for exactly 1 year. 12 months. 365 days. Only 10-12 more months to go.

BracesLooking at the before and the now, there has been such a tremendous transition. I have gained so much confidence when I smile and also am more than willing to be in a picture. Before I had braces I would look at other people and see their perfect teeth and get very self-conscious.

At first, when I got the braces it was just the top and my front gap was closed right away. Only the top was applied because I had such an overbite that if I got the bottoms they would be bitten off in like 10 minutes. Ouch!!

Since I have Hypodontia and have either missing teeth or just have baby teeth halfway through the year I got my canines shaved down to look like the missing lateral incisors and my 1st premolars reshaped into the canines. The other option would have been to have implants put in to replace the lateral incisors, but that costs a lot of money $3,000- $5,000, which we do not have, and I think I would have looked funny with perfectly nice teeth but no incisors.

Also, the orthodontist found that underneath one of my baby teeth on the bottom there was a “hidden” adult tooth that could have become infected down the road. I had another decision to make: I could just leave the baby tooth alone and then in 3-5 years have an oral surgeon surgically remove it (ouch!!) or…I could have the baby tooth pulled and try and pull the adult tooth up and get a cap put on. Either way, the adult tooth was going to need to be dealt with so I didn’t get oral cancer. Being that I am scared of the possibility of getting any type of cancer I had the surgery to remove the baby tooth and found that the adult tooth wasn’t viable so it was also removed and a good chunk of my jaw bone. The recovery was longer than when I had my wisdom tooth removal, and I have to say more painful. Still a good decision.

The past year has changed my oral hygiene for the better. I have had to learn how to properly do it, and also the time and money needed to invest in the correct care. At first, it was difficult because I knew that I needed to brush but it was usually a quick 30 seconds of minimum effort once a day. So to do it twice a day for a full 2 minutes and add flossing, mouthwash, and the last few month using a Waterpik. I gotta say 30 seconds a day to a full 15-20 minutes twice a day was quite a transition for me. Now I can feel when my mouth is dirty.

Some of you will say, “How could you not know?” or something about how I was so gross. I have to agree. It was gross and I didn’t know because I wasn’t taught. I never went to the dentist growing up, I got a new toothbrush once a year. I’m very lucky that I even got a toothbrush in general with how I grew up. Now that I’m older and making a conscious decision to better myself and my family I’m learning a lot. This is all part of the journey. My kids will not have to worry about not knowing how to take care of their teeth. They brush, floss and Waterpik with me every morning and night. And if they need it (knowing Husband had braces for two years, and I have braces now they most likely will as well) they will be getting them.

Did you have braces? When? How long? Do you wish you had braces? Are you going to get braces in the future? Let me know. Be a part of this journey and tell me your experience in the comments.

See you on the other side.