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All Coiled Up

All Coiled Up
All Coiled Up by Sammy D. 4/22/2014 *

This is how I felt during my two-hour visit last week to the orthodontist to get fitted for my upper mouth splint. This beast is far more cumbersome and intrusive than the lower one I have worn for the past three months. The pressure is painful,l and the splint forces my tongue into an awkward position. Talking is difficult – I sound like I have several speech impediments –  and eating is next to impossible. Thank goodness I can still swallow wine, and chocolate melts in my mouth. Every thing else dribbles out – Must Find Trendy Bib!

This is the final part of recovery from my (most recent) bike crash last August. I’m trying to be grateful and not complain. Some days that’s easier than others. I am hoping my jaw inflammation will be significantly reduced; my bite will be properly re-aligned; and – especially – that I can overcome my fear and enjoy this biking season without further mishap!

* Inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing


Comments on: "All Coiled Up" (41)

  1. Lainey said:

    Lovely drawing Sammy. Sorry about what you’re having to go through. I hope it starts to feel better very soon – the last leg of your recovery definitely needs a celebratory glass of wine or two…(I nearly left that at “win”, till I read it through- maybe that works too!) 😉 x

  2. Awe Sammy your a trooper it sounds painful I must say but it will be worth it in the end.

    I hate to say you made me giggle too and I felt guilty for that but glad you can still drink wine and eat choccies phew! Your zentangle is amaaaazing! How did you do white on black? I sooo see your teeth and frustration and pain in that xx

    • Hi Justine – I don’t spill the wine if I drink it through a straw 🙂

      I didn’t realize the zentangle looked like teeth and little braces coils until I finished it (altho’ I don’t have braces; it’s a full splint). I’m glad you “saw” the teeth in it.

      It’s not a white on black (although there are black tiles you can buy to do white patterns). This is white paper, and I splurged to buy some recommended Sakura micron pens to do the black. I must say, I’m glad I did because they are very easy to use, and I think my patterns will become straighter and tighter as I practice with them. I did another one that I’m very pleased with that I will post next week 🙂

      Enjoy your weekend now that your volcano danger has passed 🙂

      • Awe thank you I hope you have a fab weekend too. Wow you have special pens too? Where do you get those? I thought your zentangle looked great x

      • Thank you, Justine! I bought the pens online Amazon but you can find them in an office supply or art supply store. I got a 5-pen black set – different size tips – and a six-piece color set. You get 5 blank white tiles included in the black set. I didn’t buy any additional tiles; I just measured art paper and cut 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 squares and used a thicker perma marker to outline the border.

      • thank you i might go and take a look for that on amazon hehe, i have only used pencil so i imagine quite different with pencil, your such a star xx

  3. First! I think it’s an intriguing picture.
    Then! I was about to write something “funny” (that I could use a splint for some time if it would make me not eat)
    AND THEN! You wrote some really serious stuff! It must have been awful!!!
    I’m just SOOO glad you’re up and about now! ❤

    • Thanks, Ninna. As you know, we all have good and bad days. I’m just especially sensitive to things that create sores in my mouth and disrupt proper swallowing because I’ve had so many digestive problems through the years. I keep telling myself the pressure this brace is causing means my “bite” is being repositioned, which is a good thing, but it just gets to me once in awhile.

      • Oh I know so well about that! Some days are just awful!
        Hope you’ll feel better soon.

      • Thanks hon! Have a terrific weekend and grab some good pics for us 🙂

      • Thanks! The same to you!
        For the last two days I’ve been working a great deal with the appearance of the blog. Fun, but it takes some time to do it!

  4. Awesome drawing! I feel that way at the dentist too. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. I’m sure all of this will be worth it in the end.

    • Thanks, Liane. Visiting the dentist has to be right up there with pap smears and colonoscopies! All necessary and beneficial but take a lot of “gearing up” to get through the door. I do trust my orthodontist and know this is what’s needed.

      • Never had a colonoscopy yet, but I agree about pap smears too. I swear I come off the dentist chair and gyno table with cramps in my hands, dripping in sweat, and feeling like I need a nap. Glad you have a trusting relationship with your orthodontist.

  5. EEK! Since I met you only recently, I had not realized that you were in the midst of this painful event! To a full and speedy return to the trails! Cheers!

    • Thanks, Maggie. I have been through a few crashes in my 60 years of biking, and haven’t been scared to get back on the bike until this one. Probably cumulative injuries, recoveries and age are what’s doing it. I have to buck up and Be Brave, and I will because I can’t NOT ride. Just not quite there yet!

  6. That all sounds terribly painful. With a little bravery, which I’m sure you have, you’ll be able to conquer that fear in no time.

  7. Oh, ouch! It even sounds painful. I feel for you. Hope you heal fast.

    • Yeah – this one was my worst, but I’m determined to overcome my fear of crashing again. Biking has always been such a “zen, life affirming” activity for me, and I don’t want to give in to fear. Will start with jaunts around the neighborhood and work my way back to the trails I love.

  8. Sorry to hear you suffered such a severe bike injury. Oral appliances are no fun. Hope you don’t have to wear it for long. 😦

    • Hi Carrie – thanks for your sympathy 🙂 Just 2 1/2 more months, then I should be done. I liked the bottom brace better – all that did was provide support for my jaw and take the pressure off, so the inflammation was reduced. That was the “rest period”. Orthodontist called the upper brace the “work horse.” It’s more like “torture chamber”. But then I think of people with wounds and injuries so much worse than mine, and my pity party is over pretty quickly.

      • I love your positive attitude and your sense of humor. I’m sure it would be difficult to tolerate your recovery without either!

      • Yeah, humor (even black humor when necessary) gets me through most things … eventually 🙂 Thanks for checking in. I thought there’d be dead silence for posts and comments for a few days after A to Z, but my reader keeps bringing me “good stuff”! Some have already finished their A to Z recaps. Have you? I’ll work on mine this weekend. The most time-consuming part for me is figuring out how to replace the Challenge badge with the I Survived badge on my website. I hate that kind of techy linky stuff because I forget and always start back at square one on the learning curve.

        Have a great weekend!

      • I never did the challenge. I can barely keep up with posting weekly…

      • See? I can’t even remember who did the challenge. Because I’m memory-challenged. Are you SURE you didn’t do it?? Maybe in your sleep? LOL

      • Carrie – now I see why you barely have time for blogging. Writing a novel, arduous submission process for contest AND providing great “how to” lesson to newbie authors. Looked up your first book on Amazon, and put it in my wish list to purchase with my next order. Always looking for good reads!

      • Aw, thank you. So nice to hear! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  9. I truly sympathize with the fear–I broke my back in a boating accident in 2006 and have been out on the boat a total of two times since then. I’ve decided that THIS summer is the one during which I. Must. Overcome. The. Fear.

    My husband and I both recently bought new mountain bikes and have been waiting with varying degrees of patience for winter’s snows and spring’s rains to let up so we can try actually riding them. Neither of us has been on a bike since we were kids.

    Wishing you the best in your recovery.

    • Melinda -I’m really sorry about your boating accident. You know the fearI’m talking about. I do hope you both enjoy your new bikes and have paved or gentle dirt trails to ride. It is a joy for me – most of the time!

      • We do–we live within a mile (on a virtually traffic-free country road) of a bike path that stretches for dozens of miles. Our first goal is to be able to ride to the path and back home again. LOL

        Devoted riders like you inspire us!

  10. good healing! I love Zentangle…I do it sometimes

    • Thanks, Jane. I’m seeing patterns everywhere since I started zentangling. Another thing for my mind to point out to me as we journey through the day!

  11. Wine and chocolate are essentials to life though 😉

    I wish you a very speedy recovery and I’m sure you will be able to get back on the bike in no time!

  12. I hope that you are mending well!

    • Thanks, Misty. I know I’ll feel much better in a couple months when I’m done with this mouth splint. Thankfully i’m not hsmpered playing golf and biling.

      I appreciate your visits and comments. So great to meet such talented writers.

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