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Facing my Fear

15 Jul

On Tuesday I got back on my bike for the first time since the crash.  I wasn’t too nervous about it before hand.  However, when I first got on the bike my heart was pounding. It took about two miles for me to get comfortable.  Once I got over all the nerves I really enjoyed my ride.  It felt so good to do what I love again and get a good workout.  I could tell I was slightly more timid and my eyes were glued to the road the whole time.  In time I’m sure I’ll get over the fear and relax a little bit.

If you broke your jaw participating in a sport I encourage you to get back to it as soon as you are able to.  It mentally is challenging at first, but once you do it feels really good.

Last Wired Post!

7 Jul

In 13 hours I will be going under to have my wires and arch bars removed! It all seems too good to be true.

In the last couple of days it feels like my jaw wants to move. It’s a hard feeling to explain, but there are times when it feels like it’s going to move and the arch bars hurt a little.  I’m hoping this is a good sign that it has truly recovered and that I will have a smooth recovery from the removal.

The next time I write I will be Wireless!!! Here’s hoping that I can eat breakfast tomorrow morning . . .

Things I’m Looking Forward To

6 Jul

With less than 22 hours left before my wires are removed, there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to!

  1. Of course, FOOD!!
  2. Being able to breathe through my mouth
  3. Kissing my husband 🙂
  4. Brushing the back of my teeth
  5. Waking up to lips that are not stuck and cut up from the metal in my mouth
  6. Talking clearly and loudly
  7. Working out

Removal Scheduled!!!

1 Jul

EEEEK I am so excited! My doctors office just called and they have scheduled my removal for 7:15 next Thursday morning.  In LESS than a week I will be wire free! The countdown has officially begun! I have never been so excited to go to the hospital, have a nurse poke at me to get an IV in and then go under.

I Love My Husband(‘s Insurance Plan) :-)

29 Jun

So I think for the first time in my life, at least in my bill paying life I’ve reached my out of pocket max for insurance.  Although I would have preferred to spend that money on a number of other things, it’s a relief to know that when I go back in for outpatient surgery to have these things removed it won’t cost us anything! Luckily with our plan the OOP max is very low compared to past insurance plans we’ve been on. I know we are beyond fortunate to have such an amazing plan.


24 Jun

I have to admit, I have moments where I feel sorry for myself and can not motivate myself to do even the simplest tasks. I have all this time on my hands, but can’t go and do the things I love like hiking and biking. You’d think this would mean the house would be spotless, but it’s not.  (It’s not bad, but it could be better!)  Today I learned of a story that really gave me a reality check though.  A friend of mine posted on Facebook a story of a friend of hers, Dave Blumenthal, that was riding in the Tour Divide and had a head on crash with a motor vehicle.  It was just released that he did not make it, he left behind a wife and a young daughter.  Since learning of his crash I read some blog posts he wrote as well as listened to his “call in” updates from the race.  I did not know him, but he seemed like such a genuine loving man that will be greatly missed by those he knew.  This story made me realize how lucky I really am.  Yes, it sucks have wires on my teeth, not being able to eat and feeling like their is plaque all over the back of my teeth.  But, for me this will all be (mostly) over in about two weeks and the only thing to show for it is a small scar on my chin.  My thoughts are with Dave’s family as they process this terrible tragedy.