2 March 2015

My Experience With A Dental Implant

Hi guys! I hope all is well with everyone. I'm writing this in hopes that I'll help put someone's mind at ease when faced with the decision of whether or not to get a dental implant.

Back when I had braces, I got a root canal. I wasn't told much about it; just that I needed to get it done. I want to say that I wasn't 18 yet and my mom made all the decisions about my oral health. When I (finally) got my braces off, I pretty much said goodbye to my dentist and never saw him again. Fast forward a few years. I think I was 21 when I bit into a cold Lindt chocolate and heard a loud crack. When I looked in the mirror, I saw a crack right down the middle of my entire tooth and later found out that the crack extended to the end of the root. There was no saving my tooth. Apparently, I was supposed to get a crown on my tooth after the root canal. I never got the memo. In case you're wondering, no, the crack didn't hurt; there were no nerves left in that tooth.

After numerous visits to the dentist, it was decided that the best route for me was to get a dental implant. A dental implant is essentially a titanium rod that is placed in the jawbone to replace the root of an actual tooth. It needs to heal for approximately 6 months before a crown can be placed on top. Reading about dental implants and seeing illustrations made my stomach turn. They looked painful! Putting a screw in my jawbone didn't exactly rank high on my priorities, so I put off the process for as long as I could.

I noticed that my teeth were starting to shift in an attempt to fill the gap caused by the cracked tooth (I got the rest of the tooth pulled out somewhere along the way). My bottom retainer broke in several places from all the movement. It was imperative that I did something to avoid throwing away all those years I spent with braces.

Shortly after my 24th birthday, I decided to finally bite the bullet and take care of my missing tooth. I was referred to a specialist for the implant part of the process. My mind was mildly put at ease when I saw all the certificates and plaques hanging in his office. When it came time to get a screw drilled into my jawbone, my mouth was well frozen. While I didn't feel anything, hearing all the sounds and having all these people around me (the surgeon, several nurses, and hygienists) overwhelmed me. Tears were streaming down my face, despite the lack of pain and discomfort. The surgeon allowed me to calm down before he finished placing the implant in my jaw.

The next three days were uncomfortable, but not terrible. There was swelling where the implant was placed and occasional bleeding (fun fact: I had a secondary job interview at some retail place the day after my implant. It bled. I had to excuse myself to check up on my mouth. I didn't get the job). After that, things were fine.

I ended up getting a fulltime serving job with crazy hours, two tutoring jobs, and a volunteer placement shortly after my implant healed, so getting the crown put in was put on the back-burner. Putting a downpayment on DK and my wedding lit a spark under my butt. I realized I didn't want to be toothless at my wedding. Last week, I finally got around to seeing my new dentist and got the crown put in. There was no healing required for the crown portion like I had thought, which was another contributing factor to why I waited so long to get it. I couldn't afford to take a few days off from all my jobs and commitments. I actually served a few hours after my crown was put in.

Missing a tooth was a huge insecurity of mine. Despite the gap being somewhere inconspicuous, I felt like people would stare the moment they noticed. I didn't want to smile too big or laugh too hard in fear of someone commenting on my missing tooth. I didn't like meeting new people because I didn't want to be judged. I'm so happy that I finally mustered up the courage to finally get it done. I've had the finished product for exactly a week now and I'm finally used to the feeling of having a tooth in what was a gap for years. I feel much more confident than I have in years. I'm not afraid to smile, laugh, and be myself. Nobody could tell that I had an artificial tooth when I told them. The most painful part of getting my dental implant was paying for it. My wallet is much lighter now, but I'm also a lot happier, so I guess it's a fair trade off!

I hope that someone who is going through what I went through will read this and know that dental implants aren't as bad as they seem. I hate dentists as much as anyone else, if not more, and was able to put aside my fears to get it done. The first day after the dental implant kind of sucks, but that's about it. Everything else is a cake walk.


11 February 2015

Corgi Magnetic Bookmarks

It's a miracle! DK finally got around to finishing our corgi bookmarks! I've named the red and white one Kimchi and the tri-colour one Tofu. I've always wanted a red and white corgi named Kimchi and I figure I'd stay with the Asian food theme when naming Tofu. You can get them individually, or as a set. DK thinks that these are his best ones (yet). I agree! :)

CLICK HERE to visit our Etsy shop!

4 February 2015

Our Etsy Shop Is Up!

DK and I are so happy to announce that our Etsy shop, BeedooTo, is up and running!

We are still coming up with bookmark designs and are open to suggestions. I think a corgi design is next in line. If I can't have a real one, a bookmark will have to do (for now).

We are having an opening special where every order over $10USD receives a free bookmark chosen at random. If you mention that you found out about BeedooTo from this blog at checkout, I may just throw in an extra something :)

DK and I really appreciate the support! 

CLICK HERE to visit our Etsy shop :)

26 January 2015

We Have A Wedding Date!

DK and I are so excited to tell you guys that we (finally) have a wedding date and venue set in stone. This past Saturday, DK and I made our way to The Manor to pay our first deposit. We also got to see the renovation progress on our floor. Things are looking great and we can't wait to see it finished in late February! We've celebrated Halloween and three New Years at The Manor with some of our closes friends and it was always a great time. The venue really knows how to throw a party, so there's no worry about what our wedding will be like.

We will be tying the knot on November 26, 2016.... on my 27th birthday. DK and I joked about having our wedding on my birthday. It just so happened that my birthday falls under a Saturday in 2016, which is the year we were aiming for, so it kind of worked out. My birthday has always been an inconvenient time for people to celebrate with me. It's exam time and the holidays and I never wanted to ask my friends to put their busy lives on hold just for me. Now I'm having the ultimate 27th birthday! Friends and coworkers have joked that I'll only get one present instead of two for my birthday and our wedding anniversary, but I'm totally okay with that. I'll just expect a bigger present to cover both bases ;)

The venue is beautiful!

DK and I had all you can eat sushi to celebrate the momentous occasion.

"Am... am I invited to your wedding?"

23 January 2015

Video of Audi and Beamer

DK has been pestering me to clean out my MacBook for about a year now. I'm really lazy a busy bee (busy as can be) and only got around to it tonight.

Let's be real here; I didn't delete anything. I just reminisced over all my old photos and videos. I laughed at some of the decisions I've made in the past, shook my head in disappointment at others, and am thankful for so many of the lessons I've learned along the way. I remembered some of the saddest and happiest moments of my life. I remembered friends I've made, bridges I've burned, and people I loved that lost their lives somewhere along the way.

One video that really struck a chord with me and brought a tear to my eye is the first video I took of Beamer. This was Beamer's first few hours with DK and I and we were so excited for him to meet his little big brother, Audi. When DK and I adopted Beamer, we didn't have a car. DK rode around the city in his little blue Vespa that he aptly named Ultra Magnus. After all the paperwork was finalized with Beamer at the Toronto Humane Society, DK hopped on Ultra Magnus and zipped home. I took the streetcar back to DK's apartment and we made sure to film Audi and Beamer's first interaction together.

This video makes me so sad for Audi. I had totally forgotten how.... able-bodied he once was. When I think of Audi, I think of a heavily crippled dog that sits in his own waste and cries because he can't keep up with us. I think of a dog that falls over every time he tries to eat; a dog that can barely enjoy being a dog anymore. Watching Audi's wiggly tail, chubby body, and quick legs makes me wonder if he remembers how life used to be. I can only hope that he's the happiest he can be for the rest of his life. 

I also forgot how small and fearful Beamer used to be. When we first got him, he was around 18lbs. I didn't realize Beamer would get so enormous and turn into the 95lb dog that's sleeping next to me in my bed right now. Beamer's starting to grey around the muzzle and it makes me so sad that my puppy is starting to age. I'm scared that my robust dog will start to encounter health problems. I never want my dog to know pain and suffering. 

This video made me realize that I'm terrified of what's to come. So much has changed since Beamer was a puppy and Audi could walk. When this video was taken, I was only halfway through university. Everything was paid for by my family and my biggest worry was getting an essay turned in on time. All my friends lived fairly close by and I could see them on a whim whenever I needed moral support. Now I'm done school, without a career in my field, working three different jobs (seven days a week), half my friends live in another province (or state), and the words "mortgage" and "wedding" are within my radar. I'm scared of how quickly things can change. I'm scared that life is going to throw a curveball at me, just like it did to Audi.

I'm so thankful that in spite of all the changes that are happening in my life, I can rely on DK. I can find comfort in knowing that DK's unwavering love, affection, and support will never change. That in between driving, working, and feeling sorry for myself, I can always wiggle my way into DK's arms.

I'm sorry this post turned into something deeper than it was supposed to be. I had originally wanted this post to be something along the lines of "Oh my gosh, look how small Beamer used to be! Look how big his paws were! Look at Audi's wiggly piglet tail. AREN'T THEY THE CUTEST?!" I'm in a glass case of emotion (please tell me someone got that reference).

16 January 2015

Meet Charlie, Rex, and Dumpling!

DK and I are starting to put our magnetic bookmarks together. I have an Etsy account lined up and ready to go. We just need to finalize a few things before our shop goes live.

For now, meet our newest magnetic bookmarks; Charlie, Rex and Dumpling. Charlie is named after my sister's miniature schnauzer, Rex is named after DK's first dog, a king shepherd, and I just thought Dumpling would be adorable name for a pug!

Charlie likes squeaky toys and Canadian winters. Dumpling likes getting his nose wrinkle cleaned and fainting goat videos. Rex likes playing Farmville and eating socks. 

Dumpling and Rex keeping my spot in my day planner.

A gaggle of magnetic bookmarks.

And.... here's your daily dose of Beamer. Don't ask me why DK's face is in the bottom left corner. I couldn't tell you.

6 January 2015