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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

One of Those Days...

The day is winding to a close, and a crisp, small, fingernail of a moon is rising in our evening sky. The dark silhouettes of trees stand out against the velvety grey expanse; clouds--small and translucent--are smeared across its face in liberal strokes.

I usually revel in the simplicity of such beauty...but not tonight. Today has been one of those days.

My braces were tightened yesterday and my head feels exactly like a watermelon rind must feel as it is cracked wide open. My orthodontist can never seem to understand how much pain I really am in. Every time I have my braces tightened I seriously contemplate asking to have them removed. I wish that I could make my orthodontist understand that some people experience more than just "discomfort." I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to wear braces to straighten out my stubborn teeth, but it is frustrating to have people brush away the pain you are experiencing. I'm usually knocked out for at least a week and I'm lucky if I find myself crying only...say...ten times a day. ☺

*sigh* The day is almost gone and I've found that I've accomplished hardly anything at all. I'm still a bit too foggy with pain to enjoy much of anything, but I suppose I'll drag the small tv that my uncle passed on to us into my bedroom, plump up my pillows, and watch (another) classic film.

But there's always hope. Tomorrow is another day, right?

13 comments:

Laura said...

*HUGS* :(

Everybody is so different. My sister Rachel was ok - but my sissy Stacey was in terrible pain too. :( I'm so sorry.

Hi! I'm Kirsten... said...

more *hugs*

I suffer from migraines and have for 20 years so I totally identify with the pain. I am so sorry you have to go through that :-(

I adore your writing though, the description of the closing of another day really is just beautiful!

emme said...

Thanks so much you two! I think one of the most frustrating parts of it all is having the entire ortho staff treat me as if I were overreacting... :( Arrggg!

Staff: Well, you will experience some discomfort. Take two tylenol...

Me: *mumbles under breath* I know what I feel like...and this is not "discomfort"! This is excruciating pain!! Tylenol?? Yeah right!

:)

Your hugs are appreciated! I need all I can get...

~Emily

Julia Marie said...

Aww, I'm sorry about your braces…I have them too, so I know how it feels! :( Hope the pain goes away!

Eleree said...

Oh Emily!!! Ouchers! I had braces for two years, so I know what it feels like. I wore headgear at night, with those awfully terrible rubber-bands. :( Ugghhh...

My ortho people always said "Advil". :)

Thanks for sharing. Your writing becomes a refreshment of my own. What writer would not feel inspired after reading such words as yours? Thank you!

Emma

Elisabeth said...

I can sympathize too! I'm going to get a tightening on the little appliance on my wisdom tooth tomorrow, and I expect I'll be experiencing 'discomfort' for a while after that! It's not excruciating pain, but I find it always lasts a lot longer than they say it will. They say two days and it ends up being two weeks!

emme said...

Thanks so much, Julia, Emma, and Elisabeth!

I suppose I just need to remember that this time (and pain!) won't last forever, no matter how much it feels like that right now! And it's always nice to hear that others are experiencing/ experienced the same things in their lives as you are in yours.

Emma...those dreaded rubber-bands are the evil in my life... ;) I must admit, I'm a terribly bad girl and "forget" to put them back on half of the time. I sound rather "Velvet-ish," don't I?? :D Thanks also, dear heart for your sweet comment about my writing...I feel exactly the same way about you! Only somebody--who shall remain nameless--doesn't share her writing any more! ;)

Thank you so much for your comments! You always brighten up my day...

Emily

Sarah Jane said...

I hope you are feeling better! I had braces so I know exactly (or if not exactly, at least with a good idea of) how you feel. My mouth seemed to constantly ache while I had mine and every time they were tightened it was horrible. May the Lord take away your discomfort at least enough so you can comfortably get through the day. I'll be praying for you!!

Millie said...

Hey, sorry to hear about the braces...I used to have them and I know how that feels!

But, what I really wanted to say was that yesterday I received the Superior Scribbler award. It was my duty to choose five blogs which I believe have the most amazing writing. You are one of the five I chose.

You can get the award picture off of my blog.

Here are the rules:

1. Name five other Superior Scribblers to receive this award.

2. Link to the author and name of the blog that gave you the award.

3. Display the award on your blog with this LINK which explains the award.

4. Click on the award at the bottom of the link and add your name to the bottom of the list.

5. Post the rules.

(The link on number three doesn't work on comment forms, but you can look at it on my blog where your name and blog has been posted as one of the winners.)

Congratulations! -Millie

Carrie Liz said...

Oh, you poor thing. I'll be praying for you, too. And keep your courage up: things will be better again, always.

I remember the first day I got braces I had to go to a birthday party, where a spaghetti dinner was to be eaten with oversized kitchen utensils: salad tongs, measuring cups...anything but ordinary forks and spoons. Any other day, it might have been fun; but that day--ouch!

I've since learned from reading Elements of Danger: Protect Yourself Against the Hazards of Modern Dentistry (which is previewable on Amazon) that braces aren't such a good thing. Do consider having them off entirely.

Best,
Carrie

Mandy said...

Aww, poor Emily! I hope you're feeling better by now! I've never had braces, but I have had headaches that made me feel like my head was going to split open. Not fun. I hope you are able to relax and rest until your pain goes away! :)

Miss Jen said...

Emily,
Oh indeed, I know what you are going through!!!
Having had braces twice, headgear and rubber bands I understand the intense pain you are suffering from. You will be in my prayers dear one. ;)

Love & Blessings,
Miss Jen

P.S.
Oh and yes "tomorrow is another day!"
*sigh* That statement made me think of Gone With the Wind!

Graciebird said...

I know how that feels. I was always in pain after a tightening, but it did get better; only I had my braces for four years, so they stopped hurting after a year or two. I know that can't possibly be much of a consolation, but I have suffered braces. Just think of the dazzling smile you'll have when it's all over!

BTW: Your writing was quite impressive. I was pretty sure that was the intro to a story. A good writer is always able to inspire with their descriptions.