My health plan doesn’t cover dental, so I enrolled my teeth as 32 dependents, each needing a complete physical once a year.
What’s on my to do list:
1. Schedule dental visits for the entire family. I am so so late. That whole six month cleaning thing? Hasn’t happened in over a yearish.
2. Schedule doctor’s check ups for the kids (and myself . . . though I’ve noticed my hubby needs me to schedule his appointments too. Is this a guy thing? Like, do men need women to make sure they stay healthy? That they see doctors, etc.? ).
3. Get organized for upcoming photo workshops. I’ve got at least two coming up! Yay! When I’ve got my camera in my hands or I’m standing before a group of or one or two eager students, I am in my element. I love teaching workshops!
4. Design “proof books” for clients, marketing, and workshops. This actually fun.
5. Plan a vacation, otherwise known as “mental health break.” I need one right about now . . . though it is totally warming up. Hooray for sunshine!
Meanwhile, as much as I feel like I’m getting organized for the coming weeks, I also feel like we’ve been living at the doctor’s office. Next week, the kids have two appointments. This past week, we had three dental appointments. Tomorrow I have another doctor’s visit and then I need to squeeze in time to go for bloodwork (no biggie . . . hopefully it will help identify or eliminate something).
And then there’s this other thing. This is a tooth and mouth discussion so scan ahead if you don’t want to read about my teeth, okay?
A dental cosmetic thing. I feel like it’s totally vain and totally necessary at the same time. I am scheduled to get Invisalign. First, let me say that I sort of like my smile. My teeth have never been super straight; I’ve never had braces or worn a retainer before; and, I have a somewhat chipped front tooth. Still, I’ve gotten by with it. But then, years ago, while in college and without insurance, I did a stupid thing. I needed a root canal on my left molar. At the time, money was tight and I was young: at age 21, a molar just wasn’t worth $3000 to me.
Fast forward nine years. My teeth are shifting forward; my upper molar is growing and growing down; my dentist says my upper and lower teeth are crowding and moving forward and that my gums are receding.
I hate hearing things like this and I’ve been hearing things like this from different dentists for nine years now.
So I went for two consultations. One orthodontist tells me I need heavy duty braces with screws drilled into my upper gum to bring that upper molar back into place. He swears Invisalign will not address all my dental problems.
The other consultation? My new dentist. She says that she’s treated cases far worse than mine (which makes it seem like my mouth is in terrible shape and I don’t think that it is but anyhoo). She also says that orthos don’t usually endorse invisalign because they don’t have the kind of contracts that dentists who offer cosmetic dental work do. Does that make sense?
Here’s where I feel redundantly stupid but practical too. It costs $1000 to $6000 more for traditional braces than to go the invisalign route . . . so I’m going with invisalign. Enough said. But . . . ahhhh . . . anyone have any experience with it? I want to do the right thing . . . the best thing . . . ultimately, I want my teeth to be healthy and I want to have a nice smile. Is that so bad? Am I a totally terrible person for wanting to take care of my teeth and feel good about my smile? Please say no, please say no.
Oh, and say that I’m a good great wonderful person who is doing something good great and wonderful for herself and that it is totally a good great and wonderful idea for me. Got that?
Moving on . . .
There are other beautiful neat things going on this week too.
I found an old GAP gift card and purchased these jeans on a 40% off Wednesday. They ended up costing me $20!
I’m reading this book to gather ideas for baby photo sessions. I also purchased a small space heater for newborn sessions so that that babies are cozy, happy, and sleepy. Which lets parents and me get to play around with props, posing, etc.
We saw this amazing musician this past weekend. What an awesome concert! Levi and Matt weren’t totally loving it, but we girls certainly had a great time, hee hee. I loved Annabelle’s purple cowgirl hat.
Oh, funny silly add-on. The concert was downtown at George Washington University, which is about 30 minutes from our house. I joked (okay, maybe half joked) with Annabelle that she should consider going to college there so she could attend a great school and be close to home. I know, I know . . . I’ve got to let go one day . . . but it’s so hard. Some nights I lie awake worrying about when she starts elementary school (one year away) and I won’t see her for hours on end. So. Freaked.
I’m also excited about this baby photo contest hosted by Whole Foods. I’d love to participate! . . . but I’ll need to pour over old photos, which could take a few years (I take alottsa photos) to see whether I have any of Annabelle and Levi trying their first foods. I’d love to see yours though! Please do let me know if you participate, okay?
Anyhoo . . .
That’s it for now. I’ve got a kid photo session tomorrow and a newborn session on Saturday. Have I mentioned how happy I am to have work again? So happy! So so happy!
Thank you to the universe!
Talk more with you all next week.
Love and peace,
P.S. Photos of my beautiful children for the grandmas.