Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Braces, Books and Yo-Yo's...Oh, My!

So I had to take my 12 year old to the orthodontist today.  Personally, I don't think his teeth are THAT bad but it's something that needed to be done.  


If you look at Michael, there's not a whole lot that is obviously wrong.  He has one tooth that hasn't come in (and today we found out why) and his two front bottom teeth are a little crooked but other than that I was thinking this was going to be minor.

Silly, silly me.

After some lengthy panoramic X-rays and pictures I finally got to sit down with the good dentist.  Nice guy, no issues with him but once he started his presentation suddenly I felt as if I was a bad parent for letting my child leave the house with his mouth in the condition that it is!  Bottom jaw grew faster than the top jaw, top jaw needs to be widened, head gear will need to be worn, not enough room for wisdom teeth...blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!  And then when I seemed a little torn he was like "Or we can just do surgery and make the room faster."

Hey, hey, hold on there sparky.  Slow down with the surgery.  Why does everyone jump to surgery??  We finished discussing it slowly and then he left and one of his assistants came in to discuss the "contract".  For real? Well, long story short for a fee of $5,800 over two years my boy can have a spectacular smile!

You're lucky I'm not typing from the cardiac care unit right now.

I leave there feeling a little dazed and take Michael home and pack up a lunch so that I can head off to work.  But before I go I check my Amazon ranking.  Seriously, it's a disease!  I'm sorry!  I was pleasantly surprised to still be in the 90's and had a ranking of 1992 in Kindle downloads (out of a million titles) and so I had a little spring in my step.

I'm telling you, the hourly updates are hard for me.  I keep checking, I rejoice when it goes from 95 to 94 and then want to cry when it goes to 98.  It's like a 24 hour a day yo-yo!  It never stops!  LOL!!  Help a sister out and keep me moving toward the top 25!!!

I had the great pleasure of being the highlight story on a great website -  They are a great site that highlight some awesome ebooks and indie authors.  You should definitely check them out - and like my post while you're there!  



Elizabeth said...

If you haven't already signed the contract, get a second opinion. I've been told by at least 3 dentists that I don't have room for my wisdom teeth, and yet I still have them and they don't hurt. Also, we took our middle daughter to an orthodontist who said we needed to start ortho immediately to the tune of $6,800 over 2-3 years. The second guy was much more laidback and didn't want to start anything until she lost the rest of her baby teeth. This child didn't want braces, so we asked what would happen if we did nothing. He shrugged and said, "I'm a science guy, and the current evidence is that braces are cosmetic." The first orthodontist was older, probably had kids in college and needed some tuition money. :-)

Lola said...

Congrats on having your book published. Your Amazon stats are impressive!

Stop by my blog sometime. I've started blogging again. Getting in lots of stuff to review. Not much readership though. Wish I could do something about that.

Hope everyone is well.

Lola's Diner

Petula said...

Whew, I'm tired just reading that. You made me nervous because little Miss Anna is still sucking her thumb and her permanent teeth have started coming in. *teeth chattering* Oh lord re the cost! Cardiac, indeed.

Now, I'm gonna need you to do some yoga and meditation. LOL. Step away from the stats lady! :-) I'm glad things are going well and I'm gonna click on over and check things out.