Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Back

 

wow. let's go outside.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

No More Jackolantern Teeth!

It has been nice to be home for the last couple of days without any appointments. The next visit with Dr. Clarke on Feb. 4th, will include 2 extractions, and impressions for my retainer. 2 weeks after that (right around Matt's birthday Feb. 17th) I will be getting my flipper. Flipper you ask? A dolphin in my mouth? No silly, a flipper is a retainer I can pop in with my falsies on it. This will be a nice relief! No more jack-0-lantern mouth! Thank goodness I have no dentist issues. I am really looking forward to getting my 2 chipped teeth outa there. Those teeth constantly are rubbing on my top lip, and are quite unsightly. Somehow they bug me more than the gaping hole where my three other teeth used to be...
The same day I will be following up with Dr. Galpin (before hand). He directed me to get my mouth open by the 4th. Seems impossible right now, but I am working on it daily, all day! Talking is good therapy, but I think I cheat when I talk. I don't really open my mouth all that much while speaking. The only way to get my mouth open is to do my yawning exercise, in addition to putting my thumbs on my top teeth, and my index fingers on my bottom teeth, and prying my mouth open, and stretching it good. After 6 weeks of a closed jaw, I am now going the other way. The muscles are stiff, but I am motivated by Galpin, and Clarkes belief that I will be opening wide by the 4th of February. The prospect of getting impressions will only happen if I can do it! So I can do it!

Still waiting for my Quest application. Got my first bill from Maui Memorial from 12/11/09-12/13/09, and it is a doosey! Wowsers! This includes my three day stay, plastic surgery, wiring surgery, ambulance services, CT scans, and other charges. Everything looks in order though, and I only have one question about the bill. I will follow up on it. I have also received the bill for my anethstisia for the surgery on Dec. 11th from the doctor whom administered it. This pales in comparison to the Maui Memorial bill, but is still quite significant. I have contacted the Doctors office, and they too are patiently waiting for my Quest application to process. It is a long process, yes. I know in the end it will all be worth it. I calculated how many business days were between my application date of Dec. 14th. Considering the 4 day week due to furloughs, 45 days is March 1.

All the dentistry on the other hand will not be covered by Quest, so Matt and I are doing our best to raise funds in all sorts of creative ways. Our spare change continues to grow with our multiple piggy banks, and we continue to get rid of things we don't need through ebay and craigslist.

Matt's artwork has always been in the forefront, and since I am not working right now, I am trying to balance resting, and working on Holton Gallery at home. On the computer end of Holton Gallery my focus is on meta tags. This is the key to keeping us on the top of Google search, in multiple categories: Maui Artist, Artwork, Paintings, et cetera. Our goal is to get a sale directly from holtongallery.com, and our listing on Google is crucial to attain this. This along with the production of cards, placing new artwork, and the list goes on, and on... I feel good being productive at home. It is nice to be around Matt, and work together on our business. To watch his creativity flow, and the production of artwork at an astounding pace is rich with learning more about the process. The time it takes. What Matt does amazes me every day. We have been doing this for years, and I feel happy to be here to work on such beautiful artwork.

Just got word today a good friend of mine Andrea, whom has visited before will (hopefully)be back on Maui in late February! Yippie! I am so fortunate to have so many visitors! She found a flight for $310 from Portland. Deals, deals, deals! Very cool.

Some random links I checked out today!

Check this out if you love technology:
If you are a fan of all things Google take a look at Google Goggles here:
Probably the worst name I've herd yet for a device, but still very cool; the iPad:

Today I am getting a Healing Touch treatment from Heather at 2. I am looking forward to a relaxing session! I have never had energy work done before, so I am excited. Thank you Maria and the Haleakala Waldorf community for facilitating this visit.

I recently discovered some awesome cardio workouts on youtube that involve dancing around like a mad woman! It is so much fun! Take a look at Core Rhythms here.
and all the workouts I have used on my youtube playlist here. Got to keep on movin'. Matt has also been looking into a stationary bike trainer that I can put my bike on and ride inside in the comfort of home! Sweet.

Here's to no doctors appointments for a week!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Game Plan

Yesterday I got to meet Dr. Clarke. What a nice man! His staff is also very helpful and made me feel comfortable right away. Dr. Clarke came highly recommended by Dr. Galpin, and I learned why this is during my consultation. For the first time I was able to hear about in great detail with x-ray's right in front of me, what happened. Just a head's up, from this point on it gets sort of graphic.
After filling out paperwork, they took a scan of my head. Then Dr. Clarke took a look inside my mouth (extremely gently). We then looked at the scans on his computer. This was really cool. I could see from the top of my skull, from the bottom and both sides on a large screen. I was finally able to see all the fractures (he found one more small fracture above one of my teeth on the top right side of my jaw), and how well they have healed. I can now understand that the impact on the left side of my face is what resulted in my chin splitting in half, and then the three other fractures on the right side of my upper, and lower jaw. The metal plate is in my chin to hold the vertical break in the center of my chin. I somehow thought the metal plate had "rebuilt" my chin; which it does, but not in the way I had previously imagined. He then explained the 9 month process of 2 root canals, four implants, and a bridge. He went into great detail, and his assistant Jennifer was also contributing ideas, and helping to keep focus on a plan. The plan is roughly this:
  • 1-4 months: 2 root canals
  • 4 months: 4 implants
  • 8 months: bridge
  • 9 months: all done!
It feels good to have this simple frame work to work towards.

Quest does not cover dental work like this here on the island of Maui. Incidentally, more paperwork was requested for my application with Quest, and we turned that in yesterday. Either way with a 45 day processing time I am still in the waiting period (day 33). So, seems to me things are going as planned. No work for them today, due to furloughs.

Right now I am focused on my physical later today, and my next appointment with Dr. Clarke in two weeks. Matt's birthday is also coming up soon! Exciting times ahead! I also am adding some simple jaw exercises to my daily routines. I can't open my mouth very much (maybe one finger width), and have to stretch it as much as I can tolerate. So, yes, I am not off the straw/blended food by any stretch of the imagination. Chewing? Not so much. This affects my energy level still, because I am just taking in less. I feel confident in Dr. Clarke's assessment, and feel such a great relief to know the specifics of how I will have this all fixed. Another thing Dr. Clarke's suggested was to stay out of the sun for three months. Dr. Galpin had also recommended a couple months. That puts me to mid-March. Sweet, I can take in all the March Madness NCAA Basketball! Doctors orders.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wires Off Tomorrow!

Wow. It's been six weeks already. Time has flown by, yet I feel like I have been having a long, good, recovery so far.
I just got my time for my procedure tomorrow: 1:00. I am to arrive at Maui Memorial at 10:30, and the nurse said Dr. Galpin usually runs early. This is all good news. I have been chillaxin big time today; watched a few movies, and I am just getting ready to do some pilates.
I want to thank Howard for your call today. It was nice to hear your voice. I also got some
encouraging emails from some parents over at Fun, 2, 3 preschool. It means so much to have
everyone supporting me through all this. Thank you Silvanna, Doug, Monica, Laurie, Michelle,
and Scott. Emily, your new house kicks ass! Can't wait to crash on your couch next time I'm in Santa. Gayle you are so generous, and so sweet. It was great to hear from you Richard the
other day. You are such a dear friend to me. Moni I loved getting your messages as well, how exciting! I also was just texting with my old friend Wes. You are the sweetest. It was a treat to hear from my buddy Moe as well. Can't wait to get the two of you boys out to Maui! I know school comes first, but spring break is coming! Victoria with all you have going on it was spectacular hearing from you, and I love the website! Heather I am excited to meet with you in a few weeks for my treatment, and Linda it will be great to get some work done from you come Sunday.
These pictures are of my wonderful support team here at home. Matt you have been hard on me with talking, and I thank you for it! You are a great blender of all sorts of foods, and so sweet, and funny! The kittens, chickens, and our awesome bunny rabbit have also been the best company!
Alright, I'm going to quit stalling, and get to my exercise! Then I will eat, eat, eat, as much as
humanly possible before my midnight cut off. I love you all, and I will see you all very soon.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Maxillo Mandibular Fixater


Maxillo Mandibular Fixater= Procedure to remove hardware from the jaw. This is not only a literal mouth full, but we had to call Galpin just to make sure we had it right when registering at the hospital.

Yep, that's the name of the surgery set for Wednesday, January 20th. I will be finding out what time Tuesday night, although Galpin's office said I am number one Wednesday (pays to be operated on by the Chief Surgeon).

Insurance is pending for 45 days, since my application on December 14. This is due to furloughs, lay off's, and heavier case loads. I'm not terribly worried about this, but I do feel like I am a minor character in Hitchhikers Guide to the Gallexy, waiting in one of those offices, with lines, and much paperwork. So what can I do but patiently wait.
Meanwhile next week will be the marathon of doctor appointments thus far. First up is the surgery Wednesday, which by the way only take 15-20 minutes, but I should
expect to be at the hospital for up to six hours. Then Thursday I meet with Dr. Clark, for my first orthodontist appointment. Friday I am getting a physical to see if I qualify for temporary disability. Yikes!

So we passed this sign like four times today, is this a sign of the times or what?! Never saw a Church and a School for sale. This guy was thinkin' he was famous for a little bit!

Saved the best for last. Before Dr. Galpin left the room, he said, "We'll be having you chewin' on steak in no time!"
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Big Day Tomorrow


Well tomorrow is the big day: pre-op appointment with Dr. Galpin.
Appointment is at 10 AM.
Your thoughts will help me through!
Thank you Matt for sticking with me through all these darn appointments!
Lot's of questions will be answered tomorrow.
Thank you all for your support and love! Recovery is going swimmingly. I have been doing pilates every day, and feel stronger and stronger.
Now time for some veggie burgers & a little vino, followed perhaps by a SNL third season. Good stuff.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We Did It!

Yesterday was a very good day. Matt & I went through an hour and a half interview to get financial/medical assistance downtown at the Human Services Bureau. We had all of our paperwork in order, and she has only requested three other items. Phew! It is looking good. I may even get disability, since I am not working right now due to the accident. There are a lot of options, it is just a matter of tapping in. Well we are tapping!After the interview I got a Jamba Juice (thank you Jeremy!), and Matt got a yummy burrito, and we were off to do our art installation at Pacific Source.

Pacific Source provides interior building materials
for contractors, interior designers, and people building homes here on Maui. Their new showroom is really beautiful, filled with mosaic tiles, cabinets, doors, everything you would possibly need to fill your home. Now it has everything including artwork! Matt's work really livened up the space, and it was fun to be out doing what Matt & I love to do together.

After that we drove by the beach to check out some more epic waves. So beautiful. We then
headed home. I hung out for a bit, then decided I wanted to go get my bike. I went up to the house where Jeannette told me my bike was, and was pleasantly greeted by Mrs. Tavares. She is the sweetest! She got my bike out right away, and told me a little more about my crash. Her
son saw it all. Can't wait to meet him! I had to ask her about the mystery man and my teeth. She thought I must know the guy who had my teeth wrapped in a towel, but anyways, she said he handed my teeth to the ambulance crew. Hmmm. Friday I have my pre-op appointment with Galpin, and afterwards we will be picking up the police report. That way I can find out who was on the ambulance crew that day (hopefully) and finally close the mystery of the missing teeth. I am guessing that the teeth that were handed to them may have been shattered and "un-useable".
We shall see...

My visit with Auben was so special. It is as if no time has passed, but we are a bit wiser and older
now. Aubens visit was truly healing. We hung out at the house for awhile and caught up, while petting the bunny, Oona. She rented a Jeep, so we were able to go to some pretty sick spots to look at the waves. Then we BBQ'ed, and then she was off. Can't wait to see her again.

Perhaps a visit to San Francisco is in my future...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Got Some Things from the Accident

Today Jeannette, the 7th grade teacher at Haleakala Waldorf School (new website is awesome!), came by to bring me my helmet, camelbak, and lunch bag. It was so good to see Jeannette, and for her and Matt to discuss the events and how they occurred 4 short weeks ago. Jeannette is really my only connection to the scene of the accident (and her entire 7th grade class) since I have no recollection of it.
This brings up the subject of the darker side of my face meeting pavement...the lost hours. For awhile I told myself it was only the 2 and 1/2 hours before the accident I lost. The truth is I don't have any recollecion of not only the 2 and 1/2 hours before the accident, but also the 36 hours that follow. I have heard stories form people at the accident; Matt, & Jessica. All things I don't remember. I even did an interview with Quest without any memories of doing it. I remember getting an EEG (that technician was so nice), and I remember my last roommate, Nadine, I also remember Louise, and Jessica my nurses, and little bits and pieces. Matt was telling me about the E.R., he said I knew some people there: no recollection. the thing is I was talking this whole time. One of my roommates in college had an accident and didn't remember 6 weeks! Whoa baby! It's weird. I try not to obsess about it. Although a memory did come to me the other night when I was thinking about all this. Since I started riding about 6-8 months ago, almost every time I have ridden, I thought about going over my handle bars, and landing on my face. It was very graphic in my mind. After imagining this I would always ask myself, "Why am I thinking about this right now?", yet I never took action. I think I need to listen to myself a bit more, eh? I know there is a poem in this somewhere...I digress...
Jeannette gave me the address where my bike is, and I hope to go by tomorrow with my friend Auben to pick it up. This visit will also give me an opportunity to hopefully find my front teeth (thanks Jess for the bottom one!). There was a young man there who had my teeth wrapped in a towel, and kept on trying to pass them to someone. No one can tell me who this young man is. I had an EMT friend of mine check with the fire & ambulance crews, and he even checked with the hospital to no avail (thank you Doug & Kim!). Soon the mystery of the teeth will be solved(mysterious music enter now)!
It was sort of weird to get these items back. My clothes inside the pack that I had taken off before changing into my shorts & t-shirt, and the somewhat dented helmet with blood still on it. I am going to throw the helmet away, and get myself a full face one when the time is right. Clothing straight to the wash. At least Matt finally has his camelbak, and florescent jacket back!
I mentioned my friend Auben: I have known Auben Salazar since elementary school, and haven't seen her in over 14 years at least. She is on island visiting another friend of ours whom also went to Carlos Gilbert in Santa Fe. She was one of the first to contact me after the accident with well wishes and mentionings of smoothies. It will be fun to see her tomorrow. We plan on going to Jaws to go look at the second giant swell this winter. Waves are supposed to be 45 feet! Then it's hanging out on the ranch. It will be fun to show her all the animals, and just enjoy each others company. It's funny too, she lost her voice earlier in the week, so we thought we'd be quite a pair! By the way thank you to all of my Santa Fe connections. Weather it is a friend of my parents writing me an email, or a text from a high school friend, it all warms my heart! Que Viva Santa! Also, big Mahalos to my Maui peeps. Leslie you made the task of getting pay stubs painless! Vicki it was so great to finally see you! Janet you are amazing! Joseph it was so great to hear your voice today! Cathy, your flan is the best I've ever had (apologies to The Shed)! Also thank you everyone for giving me the time and space I need to rest.
Here's to one more week until my pre-op appointment with Galpin on the 15th! Cross your fingers I'm OK'ed for the unwiring on the 20th! On my next post I will give some quick instruction on posting comments, as some of you have told me you don't know how to! In the meantime go here. It would be great to hear your feedback (echo, echo, echo)...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yeeeeessss!

Shah Rukh Khan. Baliwood. Swades! One of my favorite movies! I have the chills aready, and only 15 minutes in! Love it.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thank You's & More Photos

Aloha, and Happy New Year! Two days in and we've been busy already!
First I would like to thank my dear friend from Flagstaff, AZ, Wendy Jones & her awesome family for your kind donation. I remember days of busing your tables at Beaver St. Brewery, and kid sitting the girls. Now they are in high school, and I haven't bussed a table in years (thank you very much)! Also thank you to Deybra for the protein shake stuff, and the awesome art you gave me. I love my blue angel. Plus a special thank you to my co-worker Janet from Fun, 2, 3. Seeing you the other day was so great. Your soup is still waiting for me to consume it, but I already made banana bread with the bananas you gave me. Thank you to Satica for all the smaller clothing. Love the cords, and those cute cargo pants you just gave me today! You are the best. Thank all you followers of my blog! Too cool. While you're at it go follow Matt's blog over at holtongallery.blogspot.com On his blog he writes about most all of his work. It's quite interesting.

These are some photos from Christmas & New Years. It was great having the family together!

















































A quick note about my insurance. I got a letter today saying my insurance is now on hold because there is a discrepancy between what I told them my income was, and what was on my bank statement (maybe that was the morphine filling out the paperwork).
My dad made calls today on my behalf to Fun, 2, 3, Waldorf, and St. Joseph requesting my pay stubs since October. I thank all of you at all these great schools for your help on this! All paperwork is due by the 11th, so we shall see...


















I would love to see your pictures too if you want to email me! acristinapineda@gmail.com
I love the holidays, yet I am ready to get back to "normal" life. My parents head off today at 3 to Oahu. They will be there until the 4th, then it's back to New Mexico. It was great having them here.
Matt, and Morgan are going on a hike tomorrow starting in Kaupo. It will be great driving out there, it is gorgeous. Another great no sun activity for me, and a great opportunity for the guys. They will be hiking up to the crater, so a few hours later Jess & I will be picking them up at Haleakala. I'm looking forward to it. I look forward to every day!