Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My daughter, the dentist, and psychedelic drugs

Dental work has been sort of a semi-annual pre Thanksgiving tradition with Shelby, and this year was no exception. Today she had her wisdom teeth surgically removed.

Because of the structure of her teeth and gums, the poor kid has had more dental surgery done in her 17 years than anybody else should expect in their entire life. She had molars removed on two different occasions, braces placed, gum reconstructive surgery, an extra tooth removed, and bone reconstruction. Almost every one of these has been done on the day before Thanksgiving due to her school and my work schedule.

It hasn’t really interfered with the Thanksgiving feast, because her favorite holiday foods are perfect for a recovering sore mouth. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream is very soft, and the turkey can be shredded to make a delectable mash when mixed in together with mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing.

Shelby's most memorable pre-Thanksgiving surgery is the time she had the extra tooth removed. For some reason, she had an extra primary tooth between her two front teeth. This was a full sized rooted tooth that evidently had been there when she was born. She developed a big gap between her front teeth because there was no room for the extra one to come through, so it had to go. I was a bit apprehensive about having it removed because this was no small oral surgery, and Shelby was only seven years old. Everything went well however, so the memorable part was before the operation

As part of her preop prep, the nurses gave her what’s called a "Demerol cocktail." I determined it was pretty strong stuff when my normally chatty daughter became silent, and sat in the brown overstuffed waiting room chair with a silly grin on her face. Suddenly, Shelby's expression changed to one of reverie, and she started reaching in front of her, opening and closing her hand as if to grasp something.

"What are you doing?" I asked.

In awe, she responded, "Oh, look Momma! The picture…!"

I focused on a print that was way out of our reach on the opposite wall. It an ordinary framed picture of some pine trees in a field, similar to what one might find in a medical office anywhere. Shelby reached out her hand as far as possible, and in a hushed voice she continued:

"The picture! It’s…so beautiful! And… it's coming to me!!!"

Those were some pretty powerful drugs, if you ask me!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The hits keep on coming!

Despite my month of silence, this blog has been getting a whole bunch of traffic recently. I would like to be able to say that it's because of my brilliant writing abilities, but unfortunately that isn't the case. :)

The reason I've been getting so many hits is Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and people are searching for recipes. If you search Google for a smoked ham recipe, Andy's smoked ham recipe appears on the first page.

Here is a little interesting tidbit: although the recipe was not "invented" by Andy, he took a liking to it because he liked Southwest flavors in cooking. He found it on the internet somewhere back in 1999 and copied it by hand. After his death I typed it out and posted it on our family website, and later moved it to my blog. I recently noticed a typo and corrected it. Well, now the identical recipe appears on a cooking site. And, lo and behold... MY TYPO IS IN IT!!! LOL, my typo lives on.

My other "big hit" item is Shelby's essay.

Hmmm... my biggest hits were not even written by me, and my claim to fame is a typo. I guess it's time for me to start blogging regularly again in order to practice my writing. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our New Baby

Sorry for not updating for so long, but you know how it is when you have a new baby in the family!

Isn't she pretty??? :)

I promise I will update again very soon!!!!