Getting Better

F woke up every single hour from 9pm to 4am last night. I kept an eye on her temperature and got very little sleep. She woke up and asked for water every time until 4am. Then she puked everywhere.

Oh man. She was in the bed with me, so it wasn’t even contained within her cot. After a major clear up job, I think we both finally slept between 5:30 and 7.

At 7:30, as the boys were asking for breakfast she puked all over the sofa with the water I’d given her (she was crying for a drink).

Then L dropped his breakfast bowl on the floor and it smashed to pieces. I finally got everyone out the door and drove up to the school and to the bus stop. I asked a mum from each school to see each of the boys in and took F home. Thankfully no sick in the car.

She wanted to go back to bed, so I did also, only to be woken by the shopping delivery coming 40 minutes earlier than the allotted timeslot. Sigh!

But F woke up then and seemed a bit brighter and her headache had gone. She lasted until 2 and slept again til 4.

Steve took the boys swimming and she’s in bed now (7:30pm). No sick for 11.5 hours, so hopefully the worst is over. She is a lot happier than she was yesterday. I am SO relieved, and my stress levels have gone right back down, which I am very grateful for.

The Raw Food Diet

Long, long ago, one of the things I started blogging about was the raw food diet and trying to eat a greater proportion of raw food. Somehow amid the craziness of the last few years my raw food quest has gotten lost. Although it was never forgotten. While all raw is a bit extreme, I would definitely like to be eating way more salads and fresh juices and smoothies.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently, especially since I’m on an enforced 3 solid meals a day regime with my Invisalign. We’ve been a vegetarian household for a while now (not sure of the last meat we all ate, but sometime in January). I have also been aware that sometimes I eat a vegan meal inadvertently, which I am pleased about. However, sugar and alcohol have always been my achilles heel(s), and I could just never see a way to get really fit and healthy until I cracked both of these things.

Well, it seems the alcohol has finally (mostly) run its course and just doesn’t hold the appeal it once did. And the sugar habit has been forcefully smashed to pieces by my braces.

My energy levels are more stable than they have been for ages, and I can now go 5 or 6 hours without eating without having a physical or emotional meltdown. Sugar makes me hungry, cranky, and is a major contributor to the last of the babyweight I’m carrying around.

Eating three meals a day, so difficult in the first few days now seems so much easier and simpler. I actually like preparing all the things I’m going to eat and then sitting down to a proper meal. Then I don’t have to give food a second thought for hours! And because I’m not on the sugar high-low rollercoaster, I just slowly get hungrier for my next meal without any angst or dizziness or weakness or wobblyness I am used to. I was spending every waking minute thinking about what to eat next, so it’s been a real revelation.

Anyway, I say all of that because I’m thinking about getting back to juices and green smoothies and a lighter, more nutritionally dense way of eating. Just thinking about it. Maybe I’ll start something in April – that will be a month in my braces and a good 31 days of better eating as a good foundation. We’ll see.

Invisalign Days 4-5

Day 4

I think I hit rock bottom on day 4.

Day 4 was the day when I actually contemplated going back to the dentist, handing in my braces and asking them to remove all the attachments off my teeth so I could live a normal, pain free life again.

Steve took the children out and I just went back to bed. I wasn’t tired enough to sleep, so I lay there for two hours feeling the aching in my teeth and feeling utterly, ridiculously sorry for myself. The fact that I couldn’t console myself with a trip to Costa or a large bar of chocolate was probably more difficult to deal with than the pain to be honest. I had not realised how much my entire day revolves around food and drink. I am a constant grazer. I lurch from cup of tea, to snack, to cup of tea, to snack, all day long. Since taking my aligners in and out hurts, and brushing and flossing my teeth takes longer than eating a chocolate bar in the first place, it just isn’t worth it to snack any more and that has left me totally bereft of my number one daily activity: eating.

In the end, I did drag myself out of bed, and I did some housework, and I felt a little bit better. But not much. Day 4 was horrible.

Day 5

Thankfully, I seem to have bounced a little bit from the hard landing yesterday. Today I have felt a bit more positive and my teeth have finally not hurt quite as much. Taking the braces in and out is now fiddly and uncomfortable rather than something that makes me cry. The not snacking has settled into something very challenging rather than the be all and end all. I got loads of work done today and had a reasonable amount of patience with the children, so things are really on the up.

I am getting the most horrendous headaches between meals, but I actually think this is nothing to do with Invisalign and much more to do with the fact that I’m not eating anything sweet. I find it quite amusing that straightening my teeth has inadvertently been the thing, after trying everything else, that has forced me to give up my dreadful eating habits and actually consume three normal meals a day. Who would have guessed? I swear, if I’d known, I’d have done this years ago.

It’s the oddest thing. I eat breakfast, and then there is a gap of 5 hours ahead of me where I don’t need to think about food and drink (I only drink water with them in). 5 hours! I used to think all my time was taken up with the children, but you know I think 50% of it was taken up with making tea, drinking tea, thinking about making tea, thinking about eating chocolate or a biscuit, eating chocolate and biscuits and making biscuits.

No wonder I never got anything done.

Invisalign Day 3

I will probably drop the daily updates for Invisalign after today and switch to summaries.

Today was better. I only really had discomfort until lunchtime. For some reason, once I put them back in after lunch the pain got so much worse – more like yesterday. I did manage on one set of painkillers today though, so things are looking up.

I’m kind of getting the hang of removing the top brace, but the bottom one is a bastard to remove. It inevitably ends up with me bent over the kitchen counter (like gravity is going to help), drooling heavily onto a sheet of kitchen towel, mouth wide open, fingers inside, with the brace semi-detached while I cringe with pain and struggle to get the front part to release my teeth.

Anyway! Here’s a pic of how they look in all their glory:

Top and bottom, whipping those toothy-pegs into shape in no time, apparently. I still can’t quite believe that my teeth are going to move when they have looked this way for so many years…

Invisalign Day 2

Another snow day with all the children at home today. By 9am we’d already spent an hour in the garden having a snowball fight and playing. The rest of the day was pretty hellish.

Not being able to ease the strain of parenting with constant snacking, chocolate and cups of tea is tough. Plus, my teeth hurt. They really hurt. The first thing I did on waking was take two paracetamol. I’ve had four more since. The last time I took 6 painkillers in one day I was in labour.

And today’s removal and replacement for breakfast, lunch and dinner made me cry, literally. It actually feels like my teeth are going to come out when I take out my aligners. Putting them back in is just pain and more pain. Once they have snapped on or off the pain eases, but it’s just awful during. And eating hurts because my teeth are so tender I can’t chew properly. And my bite has already gone all skewed so my teeth don’t seem to meet properly at the moment.

Moan, moan, moan.

It’s not all bad

On the plus side, I am drinking loads of water (to ease the dry mouth), and eating three sustaining and balanced meals so that (god forbid!) I don’t need to snack on anything. I’ve tried to work out if I can manage on two meals a day, but I don’t think I can last that long without food. Invisalign may actually help me lose the last few kilos of baby weight. I’m super paranoid about consuming anything sugary and it eating away my teeth under the brace if I don’t manage to clean it all away, so sweets and treats have been totally out of the question.

My mouth doesn’t feel so full today. I have noticed that my speech is slightly affected now and again, but probably not enough that anyone would notice.

Attachment crazy

I counted my attachments – I have 18. Nine on top and nine on the bottom. Why I have so many I don’t know.

I haven’t had much trouble with rubbing/scratching. There are a couple of spots I keep putting wax on, but nothing unmanageable.

All in all it’s really just the sore teeth that are bothering me today. And the gum around one of my back molars hurts when I brush my teeth – not sure if this is from bacteria/infection or the aligners. I’ve used mouthwash and brushed it carefully.

I am really tired. Looking after the three kiddos has been so tough whilst in pain and not eating or drinking as usual. I’m really just looking forward to bedtime. Sorry for a dry, rambling post, I’ll try and inject some more enthusiasm into the next one.