The Dentist is Done

The main event today was the dentist. I planned this day carefully. I was up at just after 5am and after my Bible reading (of which I did the Old Testament last night), I got stuck into work at not long before 6am. At just after 7-50am, I went to gym. I got home, showered, dressed and was in the car just after 9-30am heading for the dentist..

I have this massive filling in a top left molar that needed to be replaced. When it was first put in, some amalgam leaked into the space between it and the next tooth. When I floss, I can’t reach the gum. The old chunky metal filling had to come out in favour of the healthier white composite they use these days. It was a long appointment. Apparently the tooth was in peril. The dentist said he was having to do a reconstruction.  After an hour, the job was done. He took a quick x-ray only to find that a little bit of composite was again left in the space between the tooth he was working on and the one next door. He asked me when I was having the braces put on and asked if I could come back again. His rooms are in Green Point and not just round the corner from Sun Valley. I asked him how long it would take and if he could do it now. He said if I didn’t mind, he could. So back into the dentist chair I went and 20 minutes later I was out of there. Today’s cost was R2025. I’m holding that one back from medical aid until after I’ve submitted the initial braces bill because all these payouts are supposed to come out of our medical aid savings. I need to pay an initial amount of R10 000 on the day the braces go on. I’ll pay and submit and hope for at least R6000 back.

One day in the future, my grandchildren or even great-grandchildren may read this and smile at the account of their ancient Gran getting braces.  This is going to impact the next two years of my life, but with, if God allows, another thirty or more years to follow, it will be worth it.  Elsie won’t remember me with braces.

Talking of Elsie, she rolled! She was lying on her front and flipped over to her back. That’s the start! Rolling today, crawling tomorrow!

#932 of my 1000 thanks – the filling is filled. Next appointment is on Tuesday to be assessed by the surgeon. Riana whatsapped me to ask how it went. This pretty much sums up the mental and emotional progress I’ve made since being hit with news of this lengthy 22-26 month treatment….

1 John 5:4

For every child of god defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

These are the days.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


  • 30 minutes on the treadmill
  • 30 minutes grid – I was careful today because last time I did it, I completely overdid a muscle in my neck and it’s taken the best part of a week to get better. Heart rate at the end was 147. Nice and mild.
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