In the Orthodontic ‘Stadium’


Today was the day…

I had one of my final orthodontic visits. I am in the orthodontic ‘stadium’, meaning, I am nearly at the finish line. As I have peered at my teeth while flossing and putting on the tiny little elastics, I have seen massive changes…significant movement of my teeth and have felt my bite transform to almost perfect. This is what it was all about. I knew, when I saw the orthodontist today, he would be very happy.

And. He. Was.

He was so happy and congratulated me on my evident constant intentional use of the elastics.

There were two things I wanted to ask him.

  1. What happens now with the implant tooth? How does that get done?
  2. When will I get my braces off?

The first question, he raised before I could ask. He has suggested I go to my family dentist and ask him if he can prepare the surrounding gum for the crowned tooth and ask him if he wants to get that tooth done or if I must go to someone else. I’ve made an appointment with him for Friday 25th.

The second question followed naturally onto that discussion.  Simple question, “Do you think I could be done before the end of the year?”

“That’s what we will aim for,” he replied.

“Before Christmas,” I said.



This is my September smile. This Thursday it’s three months since surgery. I sent Prof Reyneke the photo and he is also thrilled.

So I’m really happy! Not long now.

Today was also the day another remarkable thing happened. We finally got our car licences. For those outside South Africa, with the Covid lock down, there is a massive backlog on annual car licensing. I was all set to pay someone to do it, but this morning when Mike discovered that not only did we have 2 cars that needed an updated licence but his did too he got a bee in his bonnet. He left home at 8:15am and got in a queue at the Fish Hoek Municipal building that was very, very long.  I drove down to the civic centre half an hour later with Courage so he could stand in the queue for a couple of hours and keep Mike’s place. To our astonishment, Mike was not in the queue (half way down the tennis court – which is where he said he was). No. He was sitting on a chair right outside the door – like 10th in line. He was now in the pensioner’s queue. You have to be over 70 to get in this queue, but as Mike is 5 months away from 3 score years and ten, he was allowed. He didn’t even know about it. He was standing wayyyyy back when someone walked past him and said, ‘you should be in the pensioner’s queue’ and marched him off. Thank you Lord! He was done by 9:40am!

Pays to have a pensioner – he did all three of our cars.

So it’s been a positive day.

I’m posting this early because Julian is almost over Carnarvon and arrives in 41 minutes.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape – 102 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa – country-wide…

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Tues 8th Sept – 1079 new cases – 82 deaths (567729 recoveries/ 57626 active)
  • Wed 9th Sept – 1990 new cases – 82 deaths (569935 recoveries/57328 active)
  • Thur 10 Sept – 2007 new cases – 97 deaths (573003 recoveries/ 56170 active)
  • Frid 11 Sept – 1960 new cases – 113 deaths (574587 recoveries/56433 active)
  • Sat 12 Sept – 1816 new cases – 49 deaths (576423 recoveries/56346 active)
  • Sun 13 Sept – 1579 new cases – 20 deaths (577906 recoveries/56440 active)
  • Mon 14 Sept – 956 new cases – 52 deaths (579289 recoveries/55961 active)

Total cases: 650749  Total deaths: 15499

Hope to get to level 1 lock down soon.

1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


1 year and 307 days.

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