Round Two…

The poor kid.

As if losing the genetic lottery, and a functioning pancreas, isn’t enough, the poor boy got my teeth as well.  His first set of braces were in 3rd grade, before he was diabetic.  He was looking a little bucky-beaver like, so they put a mini set of braces on him to pull the front teeth back in.  It worked wonderfully, and he only had them on for about a year.  Two years later it was time for phase two, before he hits his growth spurt.  *snort*  That kid is doomed to be short, endo pegged him to top at at 5’9″, but I digress.  The orthodontist put on (in?) a Mara Device with a pallet expander.  The whole thing is stainless steel.  He broke it twice.  By grinding his teeth.  The first one lasted almost 6 months, the second, a around 3 months.  The orthodontist gave me a lecture with the first one about not eating carrots, hard food, sticky candy (as if), and didn’t quite believe me when I said he hadn’t.  When the second one broke, she did.  And then she decided that perhaps that wasn’t the best appliance for him, and since he was nearly done, she switched him to a Twin Block appliance, which looks like a retainer on steroids, and you get one for top and bottom.  He wore it until school started when I gave up trying to enforce it, and he kept “forgetting” it.  But it worked!  His bite is lined up nicely, and now he has a full set of braces.

The problem is, his mouth hurts.

No shit, you say, that’s what braces do.  It will go away in a few days, so just feed him soft foods until it does.

Sure.  Soft food.  Like what, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, pasta, pudding, ice cream, smoothies?  All high-carb food.  A diabetic nightmare.  But hey, we’re managing.  Smoothies with no sugar, some protein powder and Greek yogurt (36 carbs for 2 cups), instant mashed potatoes (1/2 c, 20 carbs), the low sugar oatmeal he normally eats works well, but he’s still working on the PB sandwich for lunch.  This weekend, once the worst of it is over, I’m going to make apple dumplings (50 carbs) as a treat.  We’ll balance that out with meat and veggies, no bread or potatoes, and the meal carbs won’t be too bad.  And I think he deserves it.



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by goatbarnwitch on October 28, 2011 at 1:50 am

    ghastly! I remember finding things to give my mom when she wouldn’t eat so soft stuff was the best choice – not. Poor kid, I hope you can guide him through this as easy as possible. You are a strong caring mom and don’t ever forget that.


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