Newly planted yellow sundrops line the path to my door. Photo from wildflower.org.
My fractured arm continues to heal. Tonight, I set out 15 plants in my front yard, then stopped only because it was dark. Tomorrow night, I'll plant five clumps of tall grass in place of the large spruce my neighbors cut down. I'm hoping the grass will shade and cool the wild roses and golden currants to the north of them.
Friday, I met with my oral surgeon. As soon as I can get a temporary tooth made, he'll extract the broken tooth and (if possible) implant the titanium screw where the root is now. Down time should be about two days. The temporary tooth will be attached to my braces. It'll take four months to heal, and then my dentist will put in the permanent tooth.
My insurance doesn't cover braces for anyone over age 19, nor does it cover tooth implants. (The alternative to an implant is bridge work, which destroys the two surrounding teeth.) They might make an exception for my braces through my medical insurance since I have them because of an accident. In all fairness, my dental insurance is very cheap--monthly premiums cost less than a day's parking in my building. But I wish major medical insurance (where they only cover, well, major medical expenses and not routine mainenance) were still an option. It was inexpensive and a good deal for someone who didn't need regular medical care, but wanted financial protection in case of a serious condition.
The good news in this is that I'll probably be out of braces sooner than my orthodontist originally thought, and that I won't likely have to have braces on my lower teeth.