This morning we went to the orthodontist. Again.
Last week August had an issue with his braces where the piece that held the rubber band that holds his headpiece in place broke. So we had to go to the orthodontist and have that replaced. It wasn’t the quick fix everybody expected. They had to take a new impression of his mouth and set up for an additional round of work.
In the mean time, he has these “spacers” (essentially industrial type heavy duty and thick bands) over his molars where the bracket will go next week. This is done to keep the space open to allow easier placement of the bracket when it is ready.
The appointment went well enough and a follow-up visit for next week was made. We went to school and that was that.
Until right after school yesterday when he told me his “spacer” fell out.
We got home and I called the orthodontist. Because of traffic there was no way I would make it over there before they closed and had a chance to see August as their afternoon was already packed. I said I could bring him over first thing in the morning as they open at 8:00, and it was agreed.
This morning we all get going, me and the four kids, and not only get everybody appropriately ready for school, but on the road and to the orthodontist on time. We even arrived a few minutes early!
School starts at 8:20, so I was aware the kids were going to be late. I couldn’t drop Déla off on the way to the orthodontist, something like 45 minutes before school, so she was with us. But missing a few minutes at the beginning of the school day was an acceptable loss for this because it simply had to get done.
Just after 8:00 as I am getting ready to call the school and let them know August and Déla will be late, I was informed that August was done.
Rapidly piling back in the van we head out to school. The trip to school, which is a block and a half away from our house, was nearly half the time it took to get to the orthodontist. Not only were August and Déla not late for school, they arrived a few minutes earlier than if we had walked to school on an ordinary day!
Success! While a bit rushed, it was really nice to start the day off on a positive note.