It is mid-December, and I am immersed in the busyness of Christmas preparations just like everyone else. Being away for a seminar in Chicago for the past four days did nothing to help me accomplish anything on my to-do list. However, the Continuing Education program was outstanding and provided me a lot of information that will help with my patient care. Being in the middle of orthodontic treatment always makes planning and packing for time away from home just a little bit harder. Remembering to pack my flossing gear along with plenty of elastics is especially challenging at the holidays because my mind is distracted with many thoughts above and beyond what normally flows over my synapses daily. I managed to arrive in Chicago without leaving anything behind at home.
Over the past two weeks I have had to re-adapt to wearing elastics on both sides of my mouth and I was noticeably sore as a result. Both my teeth and my oral tissues were tender. Being around more sweets at the holidays made my oral tissues even more responsive. In one of my early blogs, I mentioned how sugar can dry your oral tissues and make the bumps and bulges of brackets and elastics more bothersome. Indeed, I have found this to be true once again. But, I am adjusting and my comfort level is good, being unaware of all the hardware in my mouth.
Today's photos show our office team packing Christmas baskets for the Franciscan Outreach Program in Southfield. This has become an annual event for our office and we look forward to it every year.