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New Do

I cut and colored my hair yesterday.

I am in LOVE with it!!!! I love the color, I love the length, I love the ease of care…it’s FABULOUS!!!!

N was SO scared about cutting it for me. Thought I was going to FREAK! But seriously, it’s hair, it grows back and color fades. I’m MUCH more adventurous now. 🙂 Time for a tattoo? 😉

EVERYONE who has seen it has given me such wonderful compliments. I’m stunned! And quite afraid of a “negative review” now. LOL

Here is a pic…it’s not the greatest because it’s from my cell, but I should have a better one uploaded shortly…

Oh yeah! Braces Update

Had an appointment yesterday.

All is well. Karen replaced the bracket that had fallen off. My bottoms are FINALLY moving and straightening out, just being stubborn (don’t know WHERE it comes from :-p)

I mentioned that I was starting to notice a gap in my upper teeth (between my eye tooth and the molar; left side). Dr. C took a look and determined my retainer was the culprit, so I got molded and will be getting a new retainer. Probably one similar to invisalign(TM). Wonder if I will have to start over with wearing it 24/7? Guess I’ll find out next week.

Still no idea when they might finally come off, but I’m not holding my breath. I have two appointments scheduled, so that puts me out into April now :-/

I KNOW the journey will end, but good lord, I think it’s one of the longest!

No pictures anymore because you really can’t see the bottom teeth when I smile anyway.

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Dumb Ass

Or more accurately, SORE ass.


Jacob and I went down to my mom’s on Saturday. Her township was supposed to be having a picnic, but it got rained out. However, we all had planned for this contigency and converged on my mother’s instead.


At one point, I ran out to my car to get my iced tea and came back inside. The boys were playing ball by the front door (inside!) with Uncle D so I ran through so not to get hit (jokingly).

Anyway, I hit the linoleum between the living room and the family room, with wet shoes, and slipped and fell on my ass/back.


Seriously, I tried to laugh, because I KNEW I looked comical, but it had really knocked the wind outta me and I couldn’t get breath in or out. Then, of course, the pain hit.


I landed HARD on my right hip/butt cheek and then slammed my back into the ground. I do NOT know how I didn’t whack my head in the process. I can only chalk it up to a couple of years of Krav Maga and learning how to “break fall”.

My sister later said that she only saw my feet come through the doorway…at about waist level.

We all got a good giggle out of it, but I DID go to the ER to get checked out (just to be safe)…8 hours later :”>

I have NO [visible] bruises, but lots of aches and pains. And I think I jarred my neck/pinched nerve again.

Good lord I am a dork.


Photo Journal(ism?)

Let’s see…

First Day of School (I do have a pic of him and I together, but my neighbor’s kids are in it as well and I don’t want to post pictures of her kids without permission)

Battle of Brandywine Re-enactment (Jacob with a “Hessian Soldier”)

Jacob goes from an expander to a retainer

Soccer Season has begun…

I finished a project!

I have yet to take pictures of my bedroom and the re-arragements that I’ve made, but will soon.

I promise!

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MRI Results

I got the results of my MRI yesterday. I don’t understand much of it, but do understand that my nerve roots are being “pinched” and it was recommended that I get cervical epidural injections. For some reason, this freaks me more than the damn MRI!

The results are as follows:


1. Limited examination secondary to patient motion and susceptibility artifact from dental braces. (I get this, I have braces and they caused some distortion)
2. Multilevel cervical spondylosis, without significant cord flattening or central stenosis throughout the cervical spine.
3. Multilevel neural foraminal narrowing, most significant bilaterally at C6-C7.
4. Straightening of the cervical lordosis.

COMMENT: History: 34-year-old female with neck pain radiating into the right upper extermity for 2 months.

Comment: MRI of cervical spine was performed a 1.5 Tesla utilizing the standard imaging protocol without contrast. Comparison is made with radiographs from 8/7/2007.

Please note this examination is limited secondary to patient motion. (HUH? I *couldn’t* move!) In addition, there is moderate susceptibility artifact related to dental braces.

There is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. The cervical vertebral bodies are normal in height and signal. There is no marrow edema. The posterior fossa of the brain is grossly unremarkable and the cervical spinal cord is grossly normal in size and signal.

Axial images are limited by motion.

At C2-C3, susceptibility artifact somewhat obscures this level. There is no disc herniation, central stenosis, or neural foraminal narrowing. There is no cord flattening.

At C3-C4, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex eccentric to the left that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is no neural foraminal narrowing.

At C4-C5, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is no definite neural foraminal narrowing.

At C5-C6, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is mild right neural foraminal narrowing secondary to uncovertebral joint spurring.

At C6-C7, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing secondary to uncovertebral joint spurring.

At C7-T1, there is no significant abnormality.”

Greek to anyone else or is it just me? I can follow a bit of it…bone spurring, narrowing, but what the hell is “cervical spondylosis”?


Drs are from another planet…

Braces Update

Had my braces adjusted yesterday.

Let’s just say “OW!”

Karen started by removing the ligature ties, upper and lower, and then removed my upper wire. She did this because one of my brackets had popped off.


She cleaned (scrapped) the epoxy off my tooth and then I waited for the orthodontist.

The orthodontist repositioned my broken bracket and Karen finished the epoxy process.

I got heavier wires on both upper and lower. Top chained 6-to-6, bottom, no chains but tied my two bottom incisors to help untie the mess. The new wire on the bottom will help to round out the jaw a bit more.

My teeth hurt from the moment the ligature ties were applied, so it should be a rather uncomfortable next few days. :-/

But I’ll be beautiful in the end, right? :-p

Therapy is EVIL!

At least, my therapist is.

Or can be.


Needless to say, he hurt me. I mean, not the “Ow! Oooh! That’s MUCH better!” kinda hurt, I’m talking, leaving fingernail marks in wood kinda hurt.

Apparently, some of the nerves, in the bundle that is pinched, run down my arm via the armpit area. This aches quite a bit. Turns out, contracted muscle can pinch nerves as well, so Bernie (my therapist that day) decided he was going to stretch those muscles. Sounds like a good idea doesn’t it?

“Don’t you believe it.”

He had me lie on the table (on my back). He put my arm across his body and put the fingers of his right hand in my armpit while simultaneously pushing down from my shoulder with his left hand. Like he was forming clay. Let me tell you, your armpit is NOT clay. It fucking hurts. A LOT!

At one point he looked at me and asked my why I was turning red. I told him because I had been holding my breath. “Don’t do that!” Well, I’m not gonna scream or cry, that would draw attention to the fact that he was trying to cut my arm off with his fingers!

OMG I saw stars. And this was something he did for like 15 minutes straight! I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream. But I couldn’t, so I squeezed the table with my left hand and dug the heels of my feet into the table while pushing my toes against the wall. It took everything I had not to rip my arm out of his grip…or punch him. Not sure which would have hurt worse.

I just PRAY he doesn’t do it again tomorrow. I think I WILL cry then.

Sometimes, I think I need to re-think my stand against “fix it with a pill”. If Jacob hadn’t had soccer practice after my appointment, I would have gone home and swallowed the whole bottle of percocets that I had. And maybe chased it with one of the bottles of wine in my fridge. I have a very high pain threshold, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt and that I enjoy it when it does hurt.

It just means that I’m stubborn and won’t admit that it hurts.

I am woman, hear me grit my teeth and turn blue.

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