A year ago in January, I was hit with 2 of the most humbling things in my life.
When I was 11, I was at a skating party for school. A boy pushed me down at the rink and I hit face first on the concrete. At first, all I felt was shock, until I put my tongue on my front tooth and felt the most shocking pain. 10 feet ahead of me, was my front tooth, it had broken in half.
In November of 2011 I bite into a sandwhich and the inevitable happen, the small portion of my tooth that remained had broken off. There I was, at 34 years old... with no front tooth.
I immediately ran down to my dentist and there was nothing they could do until the morning. When I arrived at the dentist in the AM the put my crown on the best they could and broke the news to me that I needed an implant. A $4000 implant.
From November till January I couldn't bite into food, actually I'm still not able to bite into a sandwich or god forbid an apple.
Mid January I had surgery, they put a metal rod in my face and I had to wear a flipper for the next 8 months, a flipper I named Buck. 2 days after my surgery, with no front tooth and the complete inabilty to speak properly, I lost my job. A job that I had worked at for over 9 years and truly believed it would be the job I would have for 9 more. It didn't turn out that way - I was replaceable for a lot cheaper. I was so angry - but I know that anger only comes from hurt. I was completely broken, I didn't know what to do with myself. My job had become my life.
But there is always a plan, only a plan that God knows - I got my dream job at McCall's Quilting Magazine. A job where I love to go everyday. I get to work with the most amazing people and I'm happy and happiness is truly priceless.
So, I would like to introduce you to toothless Tracee.
I currently have a crown on that I hate. It doesn't match and I'm avoiding the whole situation right now. I suppose I'll deal with it later this year. I also carry around fix-a-dent; just in case it decides to pop off.
Just another one of the many things that has happened to me in my life, but hell, if you can't laugh at yourself - what can you laugh at.