Good News, Bad News


Today was the day…

I had an unexpected call from the cosmetic dentist to come in and have my temporary crown fitted for my implant. It had arrived and he had time. Yay! What good news! I went immediately. When I got in, one of the first things he said to me was, “So you’re seeing Hardus on the 7th?” Hardus is the orthodontist. I looked at him quizzically.  “Well,” I said, “he  may not need to see  me on Monday. I was there yesterday for the casts and Davika said they would call me today if that appointment was on and they haven’t phoned.”

He was blunt. “You have to see him on Monday. Your teeth are not yet perfect. You have come so far.”

“Aaah, no!!” I said. “Are you telling me I can’t have the braces off on Thursday?”

“Just a couple more weeks,” he said.

Where is the head-banging emoji?

He went onto say that he dreamed about me. After he saw me on Tuesday, I was weighing on his mind. He obviously had noticed something after he had worked on my implant and on Wednesday he got hold of Hardus to say he had to see me again – my front teeth were not quite right. The orthodontist is really fully booked up, so the Dr Hardus himself reserved Monday during his lunch hour.

These guys are experts in their field and I have to go with what they say, so I let my manager know and she kindly made our weekly meeting 30 minutes earlier so I can be at the meeting and go to the orthodontist right after.

When I sat in the lounge this morning and said, “this is my last Friday with braces, God willing,” it was with rather high expectations. It wasn’t Covid that has delayed them. They are not quite perfect. It will be worth the wait.

But the good dentist did put in my temporary crown which is looking rather large and in charge in my mouth at the moment. It’s super white and clean and puts all those around it to shame.  The dentist did assure me that the braces will be off before Christmas. All I want for Christmas is….

That was what happened to me today. But the main event of the day was:


She turns 33. When I was sitting in the dentist chair, I cast my mind back 33 years when I was in a different medical facility and the ultimate joy of a safe delivery had washed over me. I was a Mom to the most amazing newborn girl with a mop of hair that was Wow! She had her first hair cut at 6 weeks.

Stacey 3 months old

And now she is 33 and a Mom herself.  Elsie is 2 and a half now. This was the day she was born.

Precious mite.

Stacey is such a wonderful Mom. I think she is doing a far better job with Elsie that I did with her. She’s brilliant.

Happy birthday my Stacey. You’re the best and I love you madly! Can’t wait to see you.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –2456 new cases over the last 24 hours. Last night the President implemented a stricter curfew and alcohol sales in the Eastern Cape. As the Western Cape’s numbers are also rapidly increasing, (2 of my friends have had it and a teacher at a local school), we may be next.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771
  • Frid 27 Nov – 3370 new cases – 89 deaths (722876 recoveries/37687 active)
  • Sat 28 Nov – 3198 new cases – 61 deaths (723347 recoveries/40353 active)
  • Sun 29 Nov – 2563 new cases – 38 deaths (730633 recoveries/35592 active)
  • Mon 30 Nov – 2302 new cases – 58 deaths (731242 recoveries/37227 active)
  • Tues 1 Dec – 2295 new cases – 109 deaths (732531 recoveries/ 38124 active)
  • Wed 2 Dec – 4173 new cases – 65 deaths (734305 recoveries/ 40458 active)
  • Thur 3 Dec – 4400 new cases – 94 deaths (739367 recoveries/ 39702 active)

Total cases: 800872  Total deaths: 21803

Psalm 107:31

Give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love.


The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


2 years and 21 days.


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