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HS Day 87 – Teeth, braces & impression moulds !!

Soooooo…  yesturday was a super fun day spent taking James for a dental X-ray and then appointment at the Orthodontist.  He has a weirdly placed front teeth, so after a dental visit a few weeks back, we were referred to an orthodontist.

As Jaz is already well in the throes of braces prep with a lovely Orthodontist locally, we went to him with James also.  I was surprised to learn in the appointment that what James needs is 4 braces on his front teeth.  Apparently the weirdly placed tooth is not actually a concern as he has plenty of baby tooth to still come out, which will create the room needed for this tooth to correct it’s position.  However, he has a slight gap between his two front teeth, as well as his bottom teeth being slightly off centre (Jaz has same issue), so they are putting the braces on to hopefully correct this.  He also has a incorrect jaw positioning which will require surgery if it doesn’t correct itself as his face continues to grow.  These braces will be on for a short period (8-9 months) and then he’ll be left to grow as he grows… and then when he’s 16-17, they’ll re-assess.

Jaz’s next appointment wasn’t until June 25, but seeing as we were there and he had the time, he very kindly slotted her in and got her braces ball rolling. She had pictures taken (as did James), and a mould impression done.

The grand price total is a little daunting, but hey, what can ya do!

I’m so happy with the service they provide at this Orthodontist.  Very helpful and accomodating to my millions of questions etc.   Plus they even waived James’ consultation fee yesturday as they already have a sibling as a client.  Then, on top of that, they said we are welcome to bring Jordan in for a free consultation also.

It’s fair to note though that they charged me $60 to take 8 pictures… Seriously, that’s a bit over the top.  LOL.  I literally watched him take them, plug his camera into his laptop.. and BAM, there they were….  $60 worth of work??  I think not.   Same thing though.. what can ya do.

Unfortunately for Jaz though, she needs 4 teeth pulled prior to the braces going on in 3wks.  So, she has 2 appointments (they do a side per visit, so she can still chew on the opposite side during healing). She’s not keen on the tooth extraction exercise though… but who can blame her.  I detest going to the dentist.  Thankfully, I have good teeth though.

As, with all this excitement, our school day was rather unsettled…  we are thoroughly enjoying our relatively uninterrupted school day today !!

We are trying to get into a ‘Pace per fortnight’ program, so this week and next is a little different, but thankfully by the end of next week, we’ll have corrected all to run smoothly from that following week onwards.

Blessings peeps.

Lv Fi xox

HS Day 41 Part 2 – I don’t wanna write part 2 tho :0(

Hi all.  This is part 2 of what happened on Tuesday…  what was supposed to be Dad’s surgery day !!  His long awaited, much fought for surgery !

Anyway.. in the pics shown in part 1, we were under the impression that if Dad wasn’t already in surgery, he was very close to going in… turns out he wasn’t in at all.. he was upstairs in pre-op having a very bad panic attack!

As soon as we found this out, we rushed back up.. Mum, the 3 kids and I.  While I set the kids up with iPads in the waiting room, which Thank The Lord was right outside where Dad was…  Mum went in to find Dad extremely upset.. in tears.. miserable.  This was at about 3pm ish.  His surgery was supposed to be at 1pm.. he’d been fasted since midnight, which really means dinner the night before.  Poor fella was starving !!

Finally at 4.30, we were told that not only was the surgery cancelled, but the battery replacements that were to be fitted were still in SYDNEY !!  Let’s just say, we were a bit P-I-S-E-D  (joke from Rome & Michelle’s high school reunion movie).  I mean seriously, if the batteries were still in Sydney, they would have known that before he’d even been transported by taxi from transition care that morning.  Putting aside how damaging emotionally this ordeal was for Dad… what about the huge waste of tax payer money etc etc.

Then, can you believe it, it actually got worse when they had no bed for Dad anywhere.  We were so mad with PA hospital by the point, but I do have to say that the nursing staff and community health nurse were more than helpful…  they were also very angry about Dad’s treatment and really bent over backwards to fix this as best they could.

I had to leave at 6ish to get my kids home…  walking to the train station before it was dark.  At this point, we had literally no idea when a bed would be found and Mum could go home, so I thought I needed to get the kids home, who by that point had been there for 8.5hrs.  We got home at about a quarter past 7 and by that time, a bed had been miraculously found for Dad at the PA.

He has now this morning returned to transition care until his re-booked surgery next Thursday.  We’ll definitely be putting some phone calls in that morning though before transporting him over again.. making sure the batteries are actually in the state.

We have since found out that Dad’s neurosurgeon, Dr Sarah Olsen, has resigned a few weeks back because of patients being treated exactly as Dad was on Tuesday…like an unimportant number.. not a person.

OK.. rant over.. now to be positive and put my focus back on GOD’S plans for Dad.. which let’s face it, is what I should have done all along.

I’m going to share my download from Tuesday nights journaling. My question to God … Why did this happen today ?? First response… I’m not allowed to ask ‘why?’. Lol. He always pulls me up on that one.
Anyway moving on… Here’s what I got..

“I am carrying Ken ! I surround him. He is protected, he is loved. He is my son. I love him & he loves Me. I am his resting place, his fortress, his ever present strength in times of trouble. Have faith in ME, not in man, and the works of man. My love is constant, unrelenting, loud & heavy.

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Not hard to see how I felt so much better after this journalling, plus the praise & worship time I had on Tuesday night.

God is GOOD !!!

 

HS Day 40 – Filing, filing & more filing !!

WOW !! The amount of paperwork involved in Homeschooling is amazing !!  The file system I started with is going to have to be revised.  Also, the children often need their completed books if they’ve had concept descriptions or diagrams in them etc.  So, I’ll need to find a file drawer/system for them to have on their desk.  Seems easy right? Not so much. All desk file systems have 5 slots.. and I need 6… for 6 subjects.  So frustrating.. and yes, such a first world problem I know. LOL.  

What a busy full-on weekend we had !!  With the boys at Cadet Camp, Jaz & I were able to go to the shops and have a nice girly time with some retail therapy followed by milkshakes and cake at Coffee Club.  Yesturday morning we went to the movies and saw ‘Mr Peabody & Sherman’.  Great movie !!!  After rushing back home for our lunch visitors, we then had to hang out for Terry to get home from camp, as I’m too chicken to use the BBQ myself after the last ‘incident’.  whoops.  

Our lunch visitors were two or my most favourite families !!!  It was such a HUGE blessing to me to have these two women come into my life years ago.  They are like minded Godly women that speak into my life often.  They help me along my walk with The Lord when I have blisters and can hardly walk….  they encourage me when I’m unsure of something… and basically, I just know they’re always THERE !! Blessed much peeps !!  Love you two Alison & Janelle !! 

My full weekend was topped off with a GC board meeting with 5 of my fav people.  No matter how tired you are… it’s fun being with these great people.  It’s always a huge blessing to be surrounded by like minded people who have a heart for being bright lights in the darkness for our GEMS & Cadets.  We have our national leaders conference coming up in only 11wks, so that is exciting !!  It’s in Hobart, Tasmania too, so that makes it even more exciting.  I LOVE Tassie !!!  

My Dad is having his very much long awaited surgery t’row !!  It’s battery replacement for his brain stimulators.  So, the kids & I will gather all of our books up and head to hospital with Mum in the morning to most likely spend the morning, if not the day, there…..  to be there when he goes in, and also when he wakes up.  There would be nothing worse than heading in for an operation, or coming out of one, without a familiar face there.  

Visiting Poppy today was fun for the kids, as they got to go to the beachfront and have a swim.  Not so appealing to many.. but they thought it was fab.  Dad really has been blessed to be in such a beautiful place for his transition care.  Ocean (technically Bay) views out his HUGE windows, great size room, great atmosphere… plus my sister works there, so he had great visits with her on all work days.  

We have now found out he is first up on the afternoon surgery list, so we’ll head there late morning to see him before he goes in.  Hoping to get all schoolwork done before leaving, but if not…  Hospital schooling it’ll be for t’row.  :0)  Heading to bed now after yet another full on day..  Just got back from coffee with the girls after being at Physie with Jaz.  Gotta love Mondays !!  LOL  

Blessings Peeps !  xox

 

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