Interstellar Adventures

January 12, 2008

If this is

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 12:04 am

If this is what the year has in store for me, I’m in trouble. I took off the weeks of Christmas and New Years, and so Monday was my first day back. The last five days have felt like a month. Why I’m not consuming mass quantities of alcohol right now, I don’t know. I should be.

Elle got her palate expander on Thursday. It looks like this. The key turns the wheel rod and pushes the plates outward. I have to turn the rod once a day. Check out this creepy video that shows what it does! And it hurts her every time I turn the rod. Which if I don’t turn completely, will get stuck and we’ll have to go to the ortho to get it unstuck.

My poor baby cried when they put it in. She has a sensitive gag reflex and between the choking, and the crying and the tightness of the expander, she was quite upset once it was done. Since she’s on soft foods, she ate mac’n’cheese for dinner. But the macaroni noodles kept getting caught between her palate and the expander. And she broke down crying, asking me to take it out. She’s also having great difficultly talking and being understood, which is frustrating, and she also gets excessive buildup of saliva due to this device, so she’s slurping and drooling. Supposedly she’ll get used to it. I hope so. It’s going to help her tremendously in the future, and that’s what I keep telling her.

This weekend I get to (unexpectedly) go help my grandparents pack to move. My grandmother’s heart condition has gotten worse, and under doctor’s orders she and my grandfather have to move out of their 2-story condo. They bought a single story house, and rather than moving at the end of the month, the guy who owns their condo (that they’ve lived in for 17 years) gave them til the 16th to move out. A couple of 70-somethings, one with a bad heart, and one with diabetes, and they have less than two weeks to pack and move. Not what I wanted to do with my weekend.

And to top it off, the fantastic dinner I had planned tonight went all to hell. The crab cakes burned, the salmon didn’t cook right, the glazed parsnips caramelized to the pan, and my spinach cheese puff wouldn’t set.

Time for me to take a deep breath and hope that next week brings brighter news and events.


  1. Well, think of the potential you have for better days!

    I’d never heard of a “palate expander” until now. I think it’s a modern version of a mideival torture device and, no, I did NOT watch the video.

    Hang in there, Lass!!

    Comment by abbynormal — January 12, 2008 @ 12:28 pm |Reply

  2. Poor thing! I wonder if you couldn’t call and find out if you can increase the time between turns. I remember the 5 years I had with braces, nightgear, elastics – ugh. I totally sympathize.
    Hope it gets better!

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants — January 12, 2008 @ 9:48 pm |Reply

  3. wishing you happy days your way!!!

    braces are a pain, I remember it was a darn pain in the mouth, forever getting bits stuck but it is something you put up with for the sake of better toothy pegs! xx


    Comment by wislon — January 13, 2008 @ 7:15 am |Reply

  4. Aw! I’m so sorry! Poor Elle. That thing just looks barbaric. She’s going to have a beautiful smile though when it’s all over. I hope everything else works out. This is just a bump in the road. Hang in there.

    Comment by carnealian — January 13, 2008 @ 8:37 am |Reply

  5. Umm, to quote an old Howard Jones song that I absolutely love, things can only get better?

    Poor Elle 😦 That contraption doesn’t look fun at all!

    Comment by Bone — January 13, 2008 @ 11:03 pm |Reply

  6. Damn those palate expanders! I had one as a kid, and so did Anya, more recently. We both got used to them, but they really are weird at first.

    Afterwards she will feel like she’s just got a TON of room in her mouth!

    Comment by Jen — January 14, 2008 @ 4:29 am |Reply

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