Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ceramic Braces Progress - 9 months

 My teeth has gone through a lot. A lot of dentists visits, orthodontists visits, and even implant surgeon visits.

I grew up with not-perfectly aligned teeth. It was not too bad, but it is the case of overcrowded teeth. I suppose I must be thankful that I have small mouth with big-sized teeth ( that can still be saved, hurray! ) compared to having a big mouth with small teeth. 

And then during my teenage years, I was naughty and pillion ride on my ex-boyfriend motorbike, which with him as a driver is not the best place to be. We met with an accident and I lost one of my front teeth. Besides that, the whole alignment of my teeth was moved because of the impact and the space of the missing tooth. For the next few years, the missing front tooth has always been replaced by a denture. A one-tooth denture which is so uncomfortable because it is not that fitting as a whole mouth denture, and I miss crunching on apples, biting on corn in a cob, etc. 

Community service message courtesy from Shurainian.blogspot.com : Please remember to "appreciate" your front tooth because you won't realize how useful it is until you lose it!

No one knows about it, except my family and a few close people in my life. Not that I am ashamed of it, but it gets so uncomfortable if a person looks at my tooth instead of looking at my eyes when speaking to me. I like taking of my tooth for my family member to see! It just clicks in and out. Lol
I realised I must get an implant quickly, but before that I will have to have braces fitted to get my teeth back into alignment and then have my implant that will feel like a real tooth! I got my braces eventually, and to make the long story short, I am near the end of my braces and have a temporary crown on my missing tooth to be replaced by implant soon.

I realized that I haven't been updating on my braces progress since 4 months ago. So let's see where I am now, from Aug 2010 until May 2011.

Upper Teeth 

 

Aug 2010

Sept 2010 - after 1 month

Jan 2011- after 5 months

May 2011 - after 9 months

Please excuse the yellow bands around my braces, I ate curry on that morning. Lol.

What? Did you say you see no difference at all? Pictures can be deceiving :)
The difference is at 9 months, I had all my wisdom teeth taken out. As the straightness of it is already sorted out (excluding the missing tooth), my Orthodontist was working more on my bite as well as pushing the teeth to the back. Also, if you look carefully, you will see thin wires twisting around each brace. This is to tighten the gap between the teeth.

Another difference is the fake middle tooth (on the right, my left) has been replaced with a temporary crown. The colour of the crown is not right, but as long as it is just temporary and not permanent, I am not fussy about it. But the dentist promised me that before he implant the permanent tooth, he will make sure that it's perfect :)

Lower Teeth

Aug 2010
Sept 2010 - after 1 month

January 2011 - After 5 months


May 2011 - after 9 months

Again, please excuse the yellow bands :) Besides the fact that it needs to be pulled to the back a bit, my Orthodontist is pretty happy with my bottom teeth. Just need it to maintain their places and that gums are healthy.


Previous posts on my Ceramic Braces Progress :

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dog that is afraid of grass

Rainbow might be the only dog in the world who dislikes grass.
It is never the dog's fault, it is always the owner's fault. And in this case it's no exception.

I used to stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a rented apartment (flat). Me and Jen will walk Rainbow twice a day for her to do her business. The grass in the playground is not well kept and the grounds are wet and soggy. So we normally walk her either on the pathway or in the carpark. In other words, she is not exposed to being on the grass.

Fast forward 5 years later, Rainbow is no in South Africa. It is not as humid here as in Malaysia, so grass is somewhere people like to lie down or have a picnic to enjoy the sun. However, Rainbow still does not like the grass. If I place her on the grass, she will just stand there and not moving at all (no matter how long I leave her and walk away, or tempt her with something she really likes). She will lift one of her paw up, and not move for hours.

It takes time for her to learn. Now that we have a garden, she is more and more exposed to grass. She progressed slowly, first by putting her feet on the ground, to running funnily on the grass (or actually, off the grass).

Look at this video I took of her running on the grass. Which is a very very BIG improvement from a year ago. Please excuse the ending - Rainbow was taking a poo - and her bum looks so sexy and round, could not resist filming it as well ! :-)


She still prefers the ground than grass. But slowly but surely, she is getting there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Goodbye

I hereby announce that this blog will close down..... until then, goodbye!
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No lah.. i also sayang this blog wan.. although I should update more :(
The title says "Goodbye" because every morning when I leave for work, Rainbow says goodbye to me!

What happens daily is before I close the front door, I will say "Bye Bye" to her. Then I will walk to the garage to pull my car out. While pulling out the car, I can see Rainbow from the window.

Pulled out the car and closed the garage door. Rainbow peeking out..

Say Bye to mummy!

As you can see, there are currently no curtains yet because we are busy renovating the walls... You can see the green wall full of holes... We have to re-skim and repaint it - obviously to another colour !

Monday, May 16, 2011

Growing My Own Vegetable Garden

We finally managed to grow our own vegetables in our garden.

After doing researches in the internet as well as visiting our local garden store at Stodels, I am very happy with the results.
Here I will share with you the secrets of how we plan, organize and plant the vegetables.

1) Choosing a site
Remember you need to choose a place where it will receive lots of sun (preferably at least 8 hours of sun per day).

2) Preparing the soil
Heavy clay soils are fairly rich in nutrients but very poor in aeration and drainage. Add builder’s sand or sandy loam soil to help plants grow better. An ideal garden soil will contain at least 20% organic matter to improve aeration and drainage as well as to hold nutrients until plants can use them. You can add sawdust, barkdust, manure or compost (You can make your own compost if you want, we made ours). Dig "square holes" for your veges but remember to leave enough space in between the squares for you to walk and to harvest the vegetables when they are ready.


3) Planting
You then have two choices of planting. Seeds or seedlings. We chose the seedlings option. Vegetables are often grown in rows. This makes it easier to hoe weeds. However, a small area can be used much more efficiently if plants are planted in groups.
Before you decide which vege to put next to which vege, you need to read up about companion planting. Companion planting is a practice used to help deter pests and encourage healthier plants in the veggie garden.

4) Watering
Vegetables need a constant supply of water. The best time to water is in the morning so plant leaves dry off quickly. Never water late in the evening so leaves are wet overnight. The most efficient watering system is drip irrigation. It puts the water directly in the soil where it is needed and keeps the tops dry so there are less disease problems.

5) Natural Insect Repellant
There are also several natural ways you can do to repel insects. Eg. I plant marigold on my vege garden.  Annual Marigolds can be used anywhere to deter  bean beetles, squash bug, tomato hornworms, and flies.

This is the result of our vegetable garden. We currently lettuces, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, chives, spring onions, carrots and celery.

My Vege Garden

Marigolds that still need to be planted amongst the veges
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