Wednesday, March 30, 2011


   I went again yesterday to Dr Stelzman to get fitted. The first fitment of the frame was Monday. The frame sat down good but I really couldn't tell what it was and a mold was made from what looked like wax or something then something else that felt like playdo was squirted in. Yesterday it had and looked like the real thing. They put it in and he lined it up, it felt and looked great. Dr Stelzman wasn't liking the way two of the teeth looked after the adjustment and sent it off with the proper adjustments to be made. I'm suppose to get it tomorrow.

 From the looks of it I can't wait. I may just go ahead after the test next month and get the uppers done. Part of me just wants a time with no pain though, or at least no more than usual, which is tolerable most of the time, more of a nuisance. I am so excited though. I wasn't sure just how well I would like wearing them but I don't think I have ever been so tickled in all of my life to get something. This is definitely one of the top 10 best moments of my life. I spent the last two years with 6 or less teeth on the bottom, thank God they were in front. I think I had maybe 5 left? The last two days I have 2 on the bottom, the I teeth, one on each side. Denise has been making soft meals and I squish the food on the roof of my mouth with my tongue to eat, but with my weigh these days it's not like I'll starve to death anytime soon. :) Man it looked great.

  Again, I have a great doctor with a great staff. Dr Stelzman took the time to tell me all about how it would work, future expectations and adjustments. He wasn't on our insurance plan but then again, I knew them from delivering to them for years, plus I've been going there for a long time. I think they are worth the extra price that I will pay. I've gotten to where I despise the way insurance companies work these days. I've talked with many people and you get what you pay for, even though they are cheaper there than a lot of places. They are all perfectionists and take a lot of pride in their work.

  As for Charlie, he still has no date set yet. Covenant Health might want to take notes on their care from UT and St Mary's. Watching how they are dragging their feet with him, I thank God everyday for my doctors and the hospitals I go to.

  In case I didn't say it, no matter how it turns out. Thanks to Doctors: Rathfoot, Panella, Green, & Schindler, their staffs, and UT, St Mary's. A huge thanks to Kim, I know you are technically not my doctor, but should you ever decide to open a practice, I be the first one there.   


Kimberly said...

Oh, it strokes my ego when you mention me in your blog! If I ever go back into private practice, you will be the first patient I notify :)

UT Cancer Center, that was at MHHS, is now using us at Lakeway to admit their patients who just need a transfusion or have some medical issues come up during treatment. They have a new doctor there that everyone seems to really like, not sure his name. I guess he comes up here from Knoxville.

anthony7 said...

I really don't think you know just how good you are Kim. Add to your knowledge compassion, kindness, and humility, and you are rare these days.

anthony7 said...

I forgot the comma between knowledge and compassion. :)

Em said...

Hi Anthony, I just watched your story on I survived and back. I felt the need to tell you that by sharing your story, you are helping and fulfilling a purpose. You are proving there is a God to so many, and you are inspiring and encouraging so many people who otherwise might have never got the message. I smiled listening to you because, not only could you see the love on your face, but you could hear it in your voice. By saying you were perfect for the first time in my life, better than great, excellent, etc after just acknowledging your fears of where you could end up was so calming to hear. A peace literally ran through me watching your piece. It just goes to show God works through us all, and comes in times of need. Today was one of those times for me. My husband is deployed for a third tour, and I have four children ages 7,5,3,and 2 (one is special needs), I go to school, homeschool my kids, take care of my neighbors pets and yard temporarily, and too many more things to mention. I've been praying for some type of spiritual and emotional relief for the past 2 days, and I just got that. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and reminding me everything is going to be okay. :) I wish you only the best. Thanks again!

anthony7 said...

Hi Em, it sounds like you have your plate full. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. I am honored that my story has helped you. It does seem that God knows just where and what to do when we need it the most. I'm humbled that He chose to use me to help, and glad He chose to wake me up. I have met so many excellent people since the show aired, made some really good friends. Actually I'm inspired by you and your husband. I'll keep you all in my prayers, the kids too, I'm sure they miss their dad. You know, God must have a lot of confidence in you two. He doesn't give children with special needs to just anybody, He gives them to special people. We've a daughter and grandson with special needs too. They have and are a blessing. God Bless, Anthony