My Dental Update- 18 Days

Good morning friends! Well, for the first time since my procedure back in December, I am comfortable enough to show you a picture of the final result. For those of you that do not know my story, let me give you a quick synopsis.

For various reasons which I wont bore you with, I have struggled with dental problems my whole life. Most of those reasons are my own fault but nevertheless, I was a mess. Missing teeth, major loss of bone structure, and with it an enormous amount of pain. The hardest thing for me though was near the end where I had to look in the mirror every day and see this nasty face looking back at me. Those that love me never thought of me that way but I did and it was a constant psychological battle. Overweight, toothless, and seemingly without hope.

Then one day I decided that one way or another, the rest of my teeth were going to come out either on their own or the proper way. So, I asked my family to be on the lookout for a place that would help me. I couldn’t afford the 25k for permanent replacements, so I would need the remaining 18 teeth I had left pulled, then dentures. (I’m only 49 so the thought of dentures was frustrating). One day, my son Josh told my wife Marcy about this place called Afdent Dental. They seemed pretty reputable, so my wife made the consultation appointment.

They confirmed what I already knew that there was no saving the teeth I had left and that because of my artificial hip, it was important to get all that out so that infection didn’t make its way to the hip. (Which would have opened up a very bad set of circumstances). So they gave me the estimate of what extractions and new dentures would cost and after praying and discussing it with my wife, I decided to pull the trigger.

I must stop here and say that I knew from the minute I walked into Afdent that this place was going to be good. As you can imagine I was deathly afraid of dentists and they were super nice and made me feel extremely comfortable. Never passed judgment on my situation, they just genuinely wanted to help me. I also never felt pressured like most places do as they are just out to take your money. So, if you are struggling with this and need a place to turn to, I HIGHLY recommend Afdent Dental.

So, on December 30, 2020, I had the 18 teeth that were left pulled and the healing process began. I will say that overall the procedure was not as bad as I had feared, but there was quite a bit of pain because of my bone loss and all the filing down of bone they had to do to get all the infection out. Through prayers and the help of my friend Norco, I was able to return to work the next day and start healing up. For the next 4 weeks, I went back and forth to the dentist to check my healing and get my mouth molded for my replacements. (In some ways that was just as painful as the extractions, but again, they were very understanding and patient with me).

Finally on February 2, I came home with the finished product which you can see in the picture above. I will say that having a full set of teeth in my mouth for the first time in over 20 years has been a challenge. At first I wanted to just throw those suckers in the garbage and give up. But, I was determined to fight through the pain and frustration to achieve this part of my transformation.

I will say I feel I am ahead of schedule as I have been able to eat things such as steak, chicken, and pasta. (In very small bites). It also has helped with weight loss as since December 30th I have lost 13 pounds. It simply is so much work right now to cut up my food and discover this new way of chewing, that my portions have decreased three fold. This is truly helpful as portion control has always been my issue.

So, this is my story. I have a “reline” visit in May and then 2 more after that this year before the final liner is put in my dentures. Today though, for the first time in I can’t remember how long, I am pain free in my mouth and can look in the mirror now without total disgust. I can speak to others without the wondering if they are only seeing the missing and nasty teeth. While I still have work to be done, (and I do have my struggle bus days), I am pleased with the first phase of my transformation and I look forward to the days and months to come.

God bless everyone and thank you for reading,

David

Finish Line

This is normally the point where I would give up; where I would say “It’s not meant to be” or “I’m just meant to be fat”. Well, not this time. I started off with a bang in my weight loss journey and in the last 2 weeks I have only lost a grand total of 0.8 pounds. While discouraging it simply means I need to shake things up a bit. Or as I am choosing to look at it, just another challenge. My Bride inspires me daily to keep fighting and I serve the One true God that tells me I’m worth it.

So onward I go, while the finish line may be far away, I WILL cross it. Have a Jesus filled day everyone.

-David

Weight Loss

NO THESE ARE NOT MY FEET everyone lol! In fact, I don’t know if a glass scale would be such a good idea in my case. Anyways, hello everyone and I pray that each of you have a fantastic week and can enjoy some down time this weekend.

Well, here I go again! Trying for number 8,143 to be a successful one at losing this weight. This time I am trying Weight Watchers; now commonly known simply as WW. This would seem to be more in my favor than the rest because everything is done on a point system rather than telling me what I can and cannot eat.

How and what I eat are up to me as long as I don’t go over my point totals. Seems simple enough but as I have already found out, I will need to adjust alot for my creamer has already gotten me in trouble!

My message to all of you is simple today; if you are feeling down about your weight loss struggles, I feel you. I am the poster child for failing to lose weight. The thing is I keep getting back up! I keep fighting and I keep aiming to achieve this goal of getting healthy and being comfortable in my own skin.

See life isn’t necessarily about us winning or losing as the world sees it, but instead in how many times can you get back up after the Enemy knocks you down. I think it says more about someones character that can keep taking hits and keeps coming back for more, than someone who achieves instant success. It shows you can persevere, overcome, and triumph over anything! And while it might take longer to achieve your goals, once you do it will be permanent!

Friends, I ask for your prayers on this new path I am on. Slow and steady wins the race and after all is said and done I WILL be victorious! So will you!

Love and Blessings,

David

My Struggle

Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend; I am wrapping up some time with my Bride’s side of the family and headed home later this afternoon. Prayers would be appreciated as I make the 3 hour trip back home.

So, today’s message will be a little different; this one is about me. About me in the sense that I have a real problem that I know I’m not alone in; so, maybe by me telling my story it will help someone else along the way…

MY BIGGEST STRUGGLE is losing this weight. As I type this message I am pushing almost 400 pounds. I have already had one hip replacement and I am only 47 years old. When I was younger losing weight was not an issue but now times have changed and I’m just at a loss. I have started and stopped with so many different things that I am almost at the point of giving up. It’s funny because whenever I go to the doctor my bloodwork comes back perfect. You name it, my levels are in line, however, I know its just a smoke screen for my heart and body will only support this weight for so much longer….

Some will say, “you just have to want it bad enough”. Usually that statement comes from someone that is already skinny and just looking to tone up. They have never faced the struggles I have when it comes to food and that makes the whole thing harder. Sometimes, reality wins over will…Can anyone relate? I only wish the way I feel this morning, completely sore and sick to my stomach, would pop up right before I eat that pizza or candy or bad food of choice but alas it never does. All I can think about is how good the food will taste. I know I’m weak and YES I have given this to God, but I simply always lose the fight.

Again, I share this with you all not to get your sympathy but to hopefully let someone else know that may struggle with this that your not alone. I grew up with a mom whose version of cooking was picking up McDonalds, Burger King, or Wendy’s and its been downhill ever since. I just don’t know what to do anymore for I want to live as long as I can to spend as much time as possible with my family but how I get there, I just don’t know anymore…As with all things I will continue to give this to God though, praying for a miracle….

Blessings,

David