Here are before and after pictures of Miss J-Bird, who got her braces put on this morning.
She looked at herself in the rear-view mirror as we drove away from the Orthodontist's office, and stated, "They are ugly!"
"They aren't ugly," I told her, "they look like braces."
"UGLY braces." she muttered almost under her breath.
"You'll get used to them," I said, "and remember, you're not the only one in the world with them on!"
Big sigh from the back seat...
I came home and stopped next door to help out my Mom. She is still having a significant amount of pain, but then again, it's only been a week since they did major surgery on her spine. She is frustrated that she can't do much of anything, including get comfortable, in the hard cervical collar that she wears. I didn't realize until last night that she hadn't been able to shower since her surgery. She can't reach up to wash her hair, or to wash her back. I helped her with all that today.
I'm not sure how to encourage her. It does seem like a VERY long road to her recovery. I've reminded her a couple of times that she has to take baby steps. Maybe if we compare how long it took her to get to the point of surgery (several years), the 3-6 months recovery won't seem so bad! I feel bad that I haven't been available more to help...this soccer schedule is sucking every last ounce of sanity out of me most evenings. (Luckily, it has leaked back in during the night!) So, I'll do what I can...that is why my parents are our neighbors after all, for me to help out in these kinds of ways.
In the meantime, I'll keep reminding my two braced and bruised ladies...baby steps...this isn't forever...you can do it.