So…what’s new in my dog mom life? Well good gracious – where do I start?! Perhaps with the title? Ah yes, lately my life is about houses, teeth and steroid injections.
September has been nuts. Absolutely nuts. I definitely didn’t expect it to be crazy but somehow it turned out that way. I’m looking forward to October. It will be a little bit less insane and hopefully it won’t be 100 degrees out anymore.
Let’s start with teeth. Last week I broke a tooth. It basically broke in half and panic set in. I hate the dentist. I am TERRIFIED of the dentist. But there I was, the next day, sitting in the dentist chair as I got news that I did not want. What’s left of my tooth has to be extracted and I have to get an implant. It’s going to cost me $5,300. Yes, you read that right. “That’s nice – I get to buy a tooth for $5,300! YAY!” said no one EVER. At least it will be a nice new tooth? Sigh. Thursday I go in for the extraction. I told the dentist they are going to have to seriously drug me. He obliged. This means pudding diet for a few days! Yessss. Extra whipped cream please.
On a happier note, Matt and I are currently in the market for a house. We are starting to seriously look at our options and discuss what we want to do in terms of buying a great home for us and the kids. This weekend we looked at model homes. We had looked at them before but we decided to go look again since we plan on making a decision in the next 5 months or so. The model homes are always so gorgeous and fun to walk through. There was a two-story that we really fell in love with. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large loft and a media room. I’d say that’s more than enough space for my animals! After all was said and done, we decided we’ll make a decision in January so we don’t have to worry about anything over the holidays. If we build a new house it will take about six months and we want to be out of our house by July 2016. That gives us plenty of time.
The lady at the Meritage Homes models was really nice and helpful. She answered all of our questions in detail and even gave us keys to go see a brand new house that was just built in the neighborhood. I love when realtors and builders ask about our lifestyle and our “kids.” I always say, “Yeah, we have four kids,” and I get a “Oh my! You have your hands full,” reply. Then I show them pictures. When they discover that my kids are my animals, they become very intrigued! Matt and I are going to purchase our home with all of our animals’ needs in mind (and I bet realtors and home builders don’t hear that often). We especially think about Joey since he is disabled. If we get another two-story home, we have talked about installing a kitty elevator so it’s easier for Joey to get upstairs and back down. We’d still like to get some acreage, but we’ll see what happens when we take the plunge in January.
Today I started getting steroid injections for my chronic back pain. This is my last hope. I’ve tried everything in the past two years in attempt to get rid of the excruciating pain I deal with everyday. I’ve tried physical therapy, going to a chiropractor and frequent massages. I’ve gotten X-rays and an MRI. Finally I started seeing a pain management doctor after my X-rays and MRI came back fine. Soooo my pain management doc said that my SI (sacroiliac) joint is allll messed up. My chiropractor told me that was probably the issue when I was seeing him. I have issues with my right leg and hip and chronic back pain. Unfortunately, injections are my last hope to get rid of the pain. I’ve literally tried everything.
I love my pain doctor. He’s really knowledgeable and straight forward. Dr. Pelligrino has been in pain management for a loooong time. I was definitely nervous for the injections. I was nervous about the pain, but I’m even more scared that the injections won’t help my pain. For the procedure, I had to lay down on my stomach on a medical table. An X-ray technician set up a machine over my butt where the injection was going to go. The live X-rays allow Dr. P. to put the medicine and injection into the right place. It stung and my entire butt cheek and leg went numb. Luckily the doctor walked me through every single step and kept asking how I was doing and feeling. Here’s a video of pretty much exactly how the procedure looked for me:
My right side was numb for a few hours after the procedure. I’m in quite a bit of pain now, as the doctor said I would be. He said my pain would be good some days and really horrible other days during the next few weeks. I follow up with Dr. P. in October to discuss how the injections are working. I’m really praying for the best.
I feel very blessed that I have the opportunity to go to the dentist, doctor and purchase a home. Millions of people may never see a doctor or receive medical attention in their entire lives. The pain is only temporary (hopefully!) but I’d rather go through the pain in order to see good results. I’m glad I’m getting all of this done now so I can have a wonderful October! I’ll be taking Khloee and Wynston to my mom’s vacation home in Payson, AZ and I am going to Disneyland with Matt (and possibly my mom)! I can’t wait 🙂