Friday, July 17, 2009

Breakdowns, Root Canals, Smoke, and Bleach

So I’ve officially ventured into a well known avenue called insanity. I’m sorry dear (normal) friends, but I had to go…insanity beckoned. You all know how completely normal I am, right? (My husband now walks out of the room shaking his head).

It has been an interesting week. It’s been full of, well…surprises I didn’t expect.

First I woke up not being able to breathe last Thursday because I was throwing up (I know you all needed to know that and your lives are now fulfilled). I survived and God used this time to show me some things I wasn't seeing (more later).

Then, last night I had my routine, “freaking out over finances during an adoption process.” I wasn’t going to have it this time. I don’t freak a ton over money. I figured if I told myself I wouldn’t freak out during this adoption enough times, it might actually be true (ha ha). I really was at peace for a long time. Satan worked on me this week though and in my humanity I let him. You would think that by now, after two complete adoptions, that I would know without a doubt that God has my back (front, side, upside down, and inside out). He is so good to me and has such patience I sometimes wonder when I am going to learn to trust God. I do, but something is obviously lacking at times when I let things get to me that God has under control. Finances during any adoption can be daunting…are daunting. Yet God let us know he has another two beautiful blessings for us. I don’t think a little thing like money will get in the way.

One of the biggest surprises this week happened when I was referred for a root canal by my AWESOME dentist (PROPS Dr. Berry!). I walked into the specialists office this morning thinking that he would just take a look….BUT NO…this doctor was proactive. He strapped me to the chair…the restraints biting into my flesh (ok, there were no restraints, but it sounded so dramatic). He tipped me back, took a very cool digital x-ray that appeared immediately on the computer (I’m easily entertained), and said, “We have time to do this now!” He said it like it was a good thing! Really? Really!

He put this “jaw prop-er” into my mouth (don’t you love MY English language) and then this form that looked like a popped balloon made into a square and maneuvered it into my mouth. He said they put that in so they didn’t accidently drop these GIANT spikes (that he proceeded to show me) down my throat. I’m thinkin’ that was a very thoughtful thing to do.

Needles don’t phase me, even the long curved ones that you think only exist in horror movies (think again). As he plunged this into my gums I felt a tiny sting. Then the next time he had to maneuver it a tad while STILL IN MY GUMS. This was going to be fun!

I lay there, praying for the doctor…ok, seriously…nothing focuses my mind like prayer, I smell a wonderful burning smell of the drill digging into the “guts” of my tooth. What was that bleach smell? I still don’t know!

I had to laugh (mentally, I wasn’t going to laugh out loud for fear of the restraints ;-)) when he said, “This looks GREAT!”. I thought to myself, “Yes, I often have people tell me my teeth ‘guts’ look hot hot hot!

Unfortunately, the first shots didn’t quite cut it (that’ll teach me to let a broken back tooth go for so long). After a total of eight shots, I find that apparently they had to trim back my gums which were growing over the broken tooth (thus gingivectomy). THEY TRIMMED MY FLESH!

I’m home now. The pain is settling a little, but I have five children…this is nothing!

I’m gonna settle down with a Vicadin soon so that I can sleep. Hey…are these colors supposed to be talking to me?


*All references to the dental specialist are a tad melodramatic, true, but coming from a person that would rather…ummm…fall down a flight of stairs than get a root canal. He was a good guy that had to put up with a patient that was a tad bit of a big baby!

On a serious note...
Please continue to pray with us as we bring our twins home from Ethiopia...
Please Pray…..
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
*For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing. That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing.
*Currently we are in the paperwork stage in which many issues can occur. Please pray that God has His hand on our paperwork and that it gets done and processed quickly and correctly.
*Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.

1 comment:

  1. ONE word OUCH!

    Praying Jeremiah home Quickly


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