I'll take torque wrenches for a thousand, Alex...

Maddie worked her little Chihuahua butt off and got K3 ready for her check up at Dr. J's, her reconstructive surgeon. The nurses are very nice, but sometime I think they're a little jaded about how uncomfortable these bone graft/ implant procedures are...

"Hi K3! You look great! Hopefully it didn't hurt too bad this time..."

"Well, yeah... it hurt a lot. Because it wasn't just the implant, Mom says I had a bone graft too."

"Oh, yes...so you did" flipping through the file, "and apparently we took the screws out of your jaw from the last bone graft too. No wonder it hurt!"

Yeah... no wonder it hurt.

With the six month anniversary of the accident coming up in two weeks, we're trying to complete as much treatment as possible before the insurance closes out our claim. So next Friday, Dr. J says we need to come in to test the implants.

On the more mature implant on top, they plan to do a torque test.

 

[photo borrowed from these guys]

I know, I cringed too. But apparently that's a standard test for implants. I glanced over at K3 and she didn't understand... I must have had a horrified look on my face (or a torque wrench floating above my head) because they immediately offered to refill her pain meds. On the newest implant, they thankfully just do an ultrasound to make sure it's embedded correctly in the jaw.

Fortunately, Maddie is ready to work double shifts next weekend... talk about dedication!

 Once the implants are tested, the dentist can make new impressions and start building her new "store bought" teeth!

I can't believe it's been almost 6 months since she got hit by the truck...

What a journey...

In the meantime, K3 and I have been discussing the options around the guardianship application. There are variables on how the parties involved want to handle life issues like medical decisions, voting rights and marriage rights. Even issues around her "estate" and how her money will be handled. After a while, we put the paperwork to one side and gave K3 a facial...

Because you want to look good for your torque test...

Sorry, I just can't move past that!

Off to feed K3 breakfast before I go to work. Have a great torque-wrench-free day!

AG out!