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Happy Monday, friends.

Well, on Friday morning, I had a little procedure and this has been me all weekend…

Fire, check.  Bed, check.  Book, check.  Madam Secretary, check. Puppy, check, check.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile then you know that I deal with a lot of myofunctional issues.   I did a whole post about it HERE that explains my journey.  Well, since it took me so long to discover the root of my problem (enlarged tonsils) and so much damage had already been done, I still suffer some consequences of a lifetime of myo problems…like gum recession.  Sigh.  I had my first gum graft surgery nine years ago, and on Friday morning, I had another one.  It’s obviously not a big deal, but it is a big old nuisance.  This time, I had the graft done on the entire left side of my mouth, so I have stitches across the left side and along the roof of my mouth (where they took the new tissue to implant).  My stitches come out on Thursday, so between now and then, I’m laying low at home.  Between the lack of food (yogurt, broth, ice cream) and the big plastic protectors in my mouth to guard and protect my stitches, I’m a big old mess this week 😉 .

This fall, when I went back to Dr. #16 (read that original post to learn about all of my doctors), he and I had a moment together…because this was the guy who changed my life.  This was the guy who looked me in the eyes nine years ago and told me that I had to get my issues in order or my teeth were going to fall out (one already had).  He was so direct with me and was the first doctor who really, from the bottom of his heart, wanted me fixed…and he sent me on to Doctors #17 and #18 who did solve all of my problems.  So, when I went back to his office a few months ago, we had a moment.  He was like “what’s happened in the last 9 years?”, and I was like “well, I’ve had three more kids and you changed my life and I got my myofunctional issues corrected”.  Ah.  Full circle moment.

So, today, I’m sharing this along with Meal Planning Monday and then will post a few more times this week, but not every day.  I’m taking it easy, enjoying my broth and my Netflix 😉 .

Here’s my verse for the week.  I saw this one on Instagram last week and thought it would be a good one to commit to memory.  This is the first part of Isaiah 43:2 (not the entire verse), and I thought it was one worth remembering.

Okay then, enjoy your Monday, friends. xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 22, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Stay strong, Shay, and rest well! Enjoy the rest and downtime with Netflix. ❤️ 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • LindaZ January 22, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Feel better soon, Shay~ Loved your beauty product video last week. ♡♡♡

  • Susan Jeffries January 22, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Oh bless your heart! Tooth and mouth issues are no fun! I am so sorry! I wish I lived closer to you and I would bring you a bowl of crock pot oatmeal today. Rest up and I pray you feel better soon!

  • Beth Knecht January 22, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Oh Shay! Thinking of you today! I’m 27 and have had 2 gum grafts and will probably need more! They can’t pin point the reason for my gums recessing-maybe hereditary (even though no one else has it in my family), could be from braces or clenching my teeth. Grafts are NO fun! Praying for healing of your mouth very very soon! I always found that the whipped yogurt worked best for me because it was more light and airy and less likely to get stuck to the roof of my mouth or the graft area! Take care!

  • Cait January 22, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Hi Shay! I have been following you for the past three years and am just now reading that original post. I can seriously relate. I went to a speech language pathologist a few weeks ago for a tongue thrust that I’ve been told I have. After going there, we found out that my issues are much more complex than just that. I am tongue tied, which is why my tongue is not in the right spot (resting on the bottom of my mouth) and the doctor said that if I continue like this I will deal with changes in my facial structure (which is already occurring) and TMJ pain. With what I thought would be a few visits to an SLP has now turned into surgery for the tongue tie and therapy thereafter. It is such a relief to see that people go through this as I was very worried that at may age I wouldn’t be able to train my body to do what it’s supposed to do. I know it will be a long road ahead (and these issues could be a lot worse) but I am glad to see you are doing well and that you had great results!

  • Elspeth Mizner January 22, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Hey Shay!
    Hope you feel better i had to get gum graft surgery this summer so can empathize. I had to all done on my front teeth and back roof of my mouth. So talking was out of the question for me. But I’m with you, it’s not fun at all. Rest, read, and watch as much as you can! Hopefully you are back on your feet in no time.

  • Deanna Zehr January 22, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Enjoy the puppy snuggles and hope you feel better soon!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams January 22, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Aww praying for a speedy recovery Shay! I really like that verse, thank you for sharing it. Great way to start a Monday morning.
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Amy Heinl January 22, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Sending healing prayers your way

  • Amanda January 22, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Thoughts to you during healing!!! It makes me sad – I hate tooth and gum issues!

  • Denise January 22, 2018 at 6:05 am

    My husband had this graft done about 2 years ago and it’s the best $3000 we ever spent (of course most of it not covered by insurance). Our dentist told him that he would eventually have to have dentures if it wasn’t done. It has changed his life so much! He has to go back about every 3 months for a cleaning but it’s so well worth it. He was pretty sore for a couple days and I made lots of soft things for him. Rest up and believe me it is well worth it!!

  • Abigail January 22, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Oh I feel for you! I haven’t had gum grafts but just had a tongue surgery and couldn’t talk or eat for almost two weeks! Enjoy the snuggles and rest!

  • Elisabeth January 22, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Oh I so needed to read that verse today. Thank you for sharing it!

    I’m praying for you – for smooth recovery and for healing.

    Love your blog!

  • Erika Slaughter January 22, 2018 at 6:09 am

    OUCH!!! When I get a little sore in my mouth I wanna cry so I can only imagine how you felt this weekend! Praying for a speedy recovery, Friend! XO

  • Narci January 22, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Praying for you, friend! Xo

  • Sheaffer Sims January 22, 2018 at 6:27 am

    My ulcer last week dang near killed me, so I’m super impressed with how you’e handled this! Great verse to commit to memory!

  • Erin Port January 22, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Praying for you right now that you might find quick healing. xoxo ERIN

  • Jen G January 22, 2018 at 6:40 am

    I am currently ready The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. I’m about 80% through and it has been a sweet, easy read. Highly recommend.

  • Natalie January 22, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Get better Shay. Take it easy . And relax with that Netflix and broth. 😘

  • Amy D. January 22, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Get well soon, Shay! I hope your recovery is as pain free as possible. Sending you lots of love & prayers. I would send you ice cream & broth but you can’t send that through the computer. (Corny joke but I hope it made you smile)

    Amy Rae @ https://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

  • Lujan January 22, 2018 at 6:58 am

    PRaying for a quick recovery!

    If you like foreign films. There is a series (17) episodes. Called “time in between”. It’s from Spain.
    Takes place in spain’s civil war and World War II.
    It’s a drama. Has love story and adventure. On Netflix

  • kathy January 22, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Praying for you!

  • Alexis deZayas January 22, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Sending prayers your way Shay! Hope you feel better!

  • Tracy Peng January 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Many prayers for your recovery, Shay! I had a dental implant surgery 3 weeks ago (much less extensive than your stitches, but still the oral surgeon came at me with huge needles for local anesthesia and then needed to do some major prying to get the cracked tooth out, and then had to use a jackhammer-like drill to place the implant in. I just wanted to share that I noticed the next morning I woke up to gentle full-body shaking, and realized that just like Peter Levine (trauma therapist) teaches, the nervous system uses physical shaking to release trauma from the body. So in case that happened/is happening for you or for Ashby after her procedures, just wanted to pass along how normal and healthy that is. Big love!

  • Dana January 22, 2018 at 7:17 am

    So sorry, Shay. I had gum graft surgery when I was 16 and still have pretty strong traumatic memories of it (especially trying to brush my teeth with that soft toothbrush). Hopefully you are through the worst and it was worth all the yuckiness and pain!

  • Dana January 22, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Oh, I almost forgot to mention- there are some great kids’ songs that are Scripture set to music. This is my favorite way to memorize. Sometimes I will take a section of the Bible and make up my own little song. I started doing this about 15 years ago and still remember the songs! If you’re not feeling creative, Hide ’em in Your Heart (there are several) or Seeds Family Worship make good ones. They may be a little bit of an acquired taste (ahem), but you’ll never have to work at it. Also, I just listened to Nancy Leigh Demoss’s audiobook Choosing Gratitude and highly recommend it.

  • Casey January 22, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Prayers for a smooth and fast recovery!!

  • Laura @ Fantastically Four January 22, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I hope you get well soon, Shay! 💖

  • Kelly January 22, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Ugh! So sorry you’re in pain! Wishing you a restful couple of days and hope you bounce back quickly. Sending hugs

  • Kelly January 22, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Praying for a quick healing and recovery for you! You very rarely have so much downtime so I hope that you can enjoy that aspect of it, at least a little bit:). I’m sure your family will take very good care of you, feel better Shay!

  • julie January 22, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I am so sorry to hear this! I hope you recover very quickly, and in the meantime, get all the rest you need. Hope your kids are taking great care of you-I’m sure they are :).

  • Ann Marie Tennison January 22, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Praying for you Shay!!! Feel better soon!!

  • Emily January 22, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I’m literally sitting in the oral surgeons office waiting for my gum grafting consultation. My dentist had always thought I was a teeth grinder but now you have me wondering… feel better soon!

  • Kelly January 22, 2018 at 8:03 am

    I enjoy your blog so much, Shay. Prayers for your speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing that verse.

  • Chrystianne Santos January 22, 2018 at 8:05 am

    I can’t even imagine the pain and discomfort right now. Hope you feel better soon so you can get back to your regularly scheduled program of “life.” 😉

  • Sally January 22, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Take care of your sweet self Shay!
    Get well soon
    Hugs

  • Tina January 22, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Ugh! I’m having this procedure next month, and I’m scared to death! They say it isn’t bad, but I feel like it totally is. Any tips for recovery???

    • Tina January 24, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Following your recovery closely :). I’m nervous and anxious about this procedure!

  • LA January 22, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Have a healing week! With all that love in your home you are sure to be up and about in no time!💌

  • Emily January 22, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I had gum graft surgery before Christmas! Hope yours heals quickly!

  • Hillary January 22, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Have you heard of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique? I’m a former dental hygienist and before I left to be a SAHM we had lots of patients with periodontal issues/ recession who had this surgery vs traditional gum grafting and had amazing results. Maybe worth looking into if you have a provider in your area that’s certified! Feel better!

  • Anne-Marie Brasseur January 22, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I highly recommend Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert. Such a great book and quick read. Feel better!

  • Anne-Marie January 22, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I highly recommend Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert. Such a great book and quick read. Feel better!

  • Madison January 22, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Hi Shay! Love your blog!! I’m a dentist and I find your story so fascinating! Just wanted to let you know about a procedure called Pinhole Surgery Technique! Ask your dentist or whoever is doing your grafting about it. It’s a way to correct gum recession without having to graft. No sutures in the roof of your mouth!! It would be a great option for future recession corrections!

  • Rheanna Caldwell, RDH January 22, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Shay, as a dental hygienist, I want to thank you for talking about your myofunctional journey, specifically the persistence you have demonstrated to get. things. fixed. CORRECTLY. I know how undereducated most dental professionals are about orofacial myology/myofunctional therapy, and I’m so glad you persisted to understand and fix the issues. Thank you for being so vocal about it.. for it really does change the quality of a person’s life. And your children’s lives, as you can now identify poor habits and act preventatively in their development. About grafting (which I’m also glad you’re taking seriously), have you done any research about allografts (donor matrix) instead of connective tissue (from the roof of your mouth) grafts? My patients who have had allografts have had such a MUCH more comfortable experience.. and have then been much more willing to have needed grafting in other parts of their mouth too. Here’s a link to one allograft site, Alloderm: http://www.biohorizons.com/gumgrafting-about.aspx. All the best, Shay! Enjoy all the broth and ice cream!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

      We considered donor grafting…but due to the amount I needed, my doctor thought it best to use my own (so that it would take). Urg. Thank YOU for your sweet message! I’m blessed by your words, Rheanna!

  • Serena Welch January 22, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Get well soon and enjoy some rest, sending lots of healing prayers your way!

  • Rebecca @ Every Piece Fits January 22, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Oh wow! I had never heard of this and cannot believe you went through so many years of pain before finding a solution. I’m grateful you kept seeking answers. My similar experience with Dr’s was for a female issue and four gynecologists simply kept saying, “We’ve never seen this before.” Surgery, surgery, surgery, surgery…without the batting of an eye to think that they weren’t actually curing me. I sought doctors, forums, oncologists, etc. until I finally got a referral to an oncologist/gynecologist who wanted to do an exploratory surgery with a reconstructive plastic surgeon by her side…talk about scary but I had been praying fervently and knew God would lead me to the answer. The 5th surgery was the answer – and negated everything all FIVE doctors said would be it. Trust your intuition and pray to God for healing in His timing. These trials are meant to help us and for us to help others. God bless you & I pray for a fast recovery!
    XO
    Rebecca @ Every Piece Fits

  • Sara F January 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Get well soon, Shay!! If you’re needing something good to watch on Netflix, check out Call the Midwife. It is so good! Its about midwives who care for impoverished women in London during the 1950’s. I think you will love it!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick January 22, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Oh girl, that sounds so painful!! Enjoy your downtime as best you can! Hugs to you!! That Inspired Chick

  • Amanda Wilson January 22, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Praying for a fast recovery! How is your pain on a daily basis now after all these years of treatments??

    • Mix and Match Mama January 22, 2018 at 10:40 am

      It always hurts on my right side…but, it hurts less than before. I have flare ups from time to time, but it’s more manageable now.

  • Casey January 22, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Oh man, I can so relate. My problem was actually TMJ, which resulted in jaw surgery & 6 months of my mouth wired shut. I would take that any day over all the pain you’ve had to deal with. We have some war stories to share. Sisterhood of the messed up mouth!

  • Kathy L January 22, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Prayed for quick recovery for you, Shay. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying the downtime with ice cream and Netflix. 🙂 Today’s memory verse is so good!

  • June Pope January 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Oh, Mama! I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. I’ve had the same tissue graft in my lower front and it is no joke. Getting it done was easy, it’s the next week that’s hard. Take good care, lay low and we’ll all be here when you feel like posting again. Thank you also for the Bible verses. Powerful stuff and I so admire your faith. Hang in there.

  • Robin Thompson January 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Praying for a quick recovery! Hope you feel much better soon!

  • Molly Bierens January 22, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Not fun! Praying you heal quickly!!

  • Liz January 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Shay! I was wondering where you were yesterday. I sat behind Andrew and the kids but thought you were probably helping out with the little ones. If you need ANYTHING please let me know. I will be praying for a quick recovery and plenty of books and Netflix 😉

    ❤️❤️

  • MinShien @ Joyous Apron January 22, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Feel better and take care! Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • Kayla B January 22, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Hope you feel better so soon! Praying for you.

    I JUST heard about a book called Vasectomania, and the author’s name is Matt Guenette. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds like a winner.

  • Anna S January 22, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I knew that you’ve had myofunctional issues but had never read your post about it. Wow! What a journey. Praise God for finding the right doctors before things got worse. Take it easy and enjoy your downtime. A couple of my favorite shows/movie that are on Netflix: Jane the Virgin, Master of None, The Fundamentals of Caring

  • Jenny January 22, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Praying that you heal quickly!

  • Barbara Parnell January 22, 2018 at 10:12 am

    So sorry you’ve had to endure all of this. Dental is issues are never fun, but you look amazing and I hope you will be feeling amazing very soon ! 😀

  • Nerine January 22, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Get well soon! Hugs!!

  • Karen January 22, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Oh Shay, I had a gum graft procedure a couple of years ago and the recovery was much longer than I expected! Not bad, the procedure just sounds simple, so it really is more painful than you’d think! I hope you get plenty of rest and enjoy your books and shows while you’re at it! 🙂

  • Lisa Richardson January 22, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Whoa! What a journey sweet girl. I’ve heard that is so painful. I’m sure your friends are taking wonderful care of you and your precious family. Try to enjoy your down time. Prayers for an easy recovery❤️

  • Deena January 22, 2018 at 10:34 am

    May you have a speedy recovery, Shay. I went back and read about what you’ve gone through and read many of the comments. I had no idea that people were suffering like that and I’m sure many thought they were alone. Good luck!

  • Brooke Willetts January 22, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Hi! I have been following along with your blog for the last three years and love all the life info and recipes you share. I have never commented before, but I just had to on this post as I am in need of a gum graft and I keep pushing it off because I am just so nervous. I really hope you are healing well! Also, please tell me the procedure is not as bad as I have made it in my head! Get well!

  • Mega January 22, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Ugh, my mom had that done…not fun :-(. Sending good healing vibes and prayers!

  • Tamra January 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Praying for a speedy recovery for you!!!
    XOXO

  • Jenna Amann January 22, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I just had gum grafting surgery last week too! It’s no fun. Lots of soup, pudding and A & E Leah Remini Scientology episodes are keeping me occupied. I can’t stop watching them!! Just finished Season 1 and about to start Season 2. Hope you feel better soon, Shay!!

  • Angela Ellingson January 22, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Oh Shay, big hugs! That is intense and no fun. Prayers for a quick, relaxing recovery and pain relief. On a light note, I started watching Madam Secretary after you first mentioned it and I’m hooked. On season 3 now!

  • Darcy January 22, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Take care of yourself!

  • Laci January 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Oh Shay! Prayers for a speedy recovery!

  • Amanda Jackson January 22, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Praying. I’m so sorry.

  • Danielle January 22, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Love Love Love this verse- (the whole thing is good) because it is not a promise that we won’t “pass through the waters or walk through the fire (i.e. have struggles) – but that WHEN we do that HE will be with us. I guess if I am going to walk through something difficult it is good to have HIS promise and presence (…and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze v2). Thank you for the reminder this morning.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World January 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Prayers for you, Shay! And thank you for the inspiration… I read your story several years ago about how you never stopped looking for answers until you finally found the one doctor that finally helped you and it made me get back out there to keep looking for a doctor to help solve my chronic pain that I’ve had since the birth of our first child. I’m happy to report that I may have finally found her! I’ve been seeing her for a couple of months now and she has helped me more than all of the other doctors put together so far! So thank you. If it hadn’t been for your post, I might have just given up because I thought it was hopeless.

  • Joan Dukore January 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I had gum surgery and lost a few teeth during that too, so I know it sucks. For me, the worst was the strings in my mouth (from the stitches) and being so hungry and everything I tried to eat made my mouth sting. It feels like forever, but it won’t take as long as it feels. Smoothies (no citrus) are your friend because they give you nutrition and numb your gums a bit.

  • Kim January 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Shay! My daughter, who is 18 just had some gum grafts also! Yikes! It was on two bottom teeth. Just found this quite odd that the periodontist said that it is very COMMON with blonde/pale skinned/light blue eyed girls/women!!??!!?? That is definitely my daughter! And you too! – but I had NEVER heard that before?? She had a big sorority dance 6 days later and still had that big protector in. She about died! Hers looked like a piece of hardened flattened mint green gum spread out on her gums. And get this….if fell off AFTER the dance. Like seriously? Right after all of the pictures. hahaha. –and like that other comment said….insurance does not pay much at all. Ridiculous! Ugh. Hope you have a speedy recovery!!!! Love your posts…especially the book reviews. It is my favorite day of the month!

  • Corbie January 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    HUGS Shay- you poor thing! My friend just went through this and I visited her often so I understand the procedure. Praying for a super fast recovery for you! On a different note…. Girl, you seriously took me down a path last week. An expensive one. LOL LOVED your videos and found that I wanted all of the makeup and hair products. I was laughing and thinking of you when I realized, I don’t know how to use a wand as I was trying to wand my hair. Its dangerous! Stay cozy and I’m sure that sweet family of yours is taking good care of you! xoxo

  • Robin January 22, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I had never heard of myofunctional disorders before reading about them in your blog. I am so glad you were able to find doctors that worked together to solve the issue. I had a gum graft just above one tooth several years ago and was miserable. I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable your much more extensive grafts are. Having had a severely broken jaw more than thirty years ago, I always curious to learn more about TMJ, etc. Let your family do some spoiling of the Mama, and feel better soon!

  • Lauren January 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Sending tons of healing thoughts!

  • Karah Stracener January 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Praying for a speedy recovery!! Take it easy. I hate dental issues. It’s one of my fears.

  • Liz January 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, Shay! I just went back and read your post from 2014 and practically wept for you! I am so glad you found the doctor who properly diagnosed you and sent you to the docs and treatment you needed. I cannot imagine living with the jaw pain you had for over a decade and I am so sorry that you still have to live with pain every, single day. 😔 Here’s to a speedy recovery from your gum grafting and thank you for the education! I will always remember it for anyone who ever mentions severe jaw pain!💕💕

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life January 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I’m so glad you finally found the answers you were looking for! Here’s to a speedy recovery, enjoy the down time!

  • Suzy January 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Hope you have a speedy recovery Shay!!

    PS: Madame Secretary is SO good! I can’t stop watching.

  • Laurel January 22, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Rest up and heal well! You can delete this post if you want no hard feelings at all, I just wanted to say that this is my favorite post in a long long time! I’ve been reading your blog for years and I just feel like 2-3 years ago it had a far more personal feel. The posts these days are still good, but they’re all about clothes, less cooking baking posts, less about the fun on goings of the kids, fewer fun candids around the house/ activities and things you like/ how you spend your time. I really hope this isn’t offensive, just wanted to give cheers to today. Still a fan 🙂 Take care!

  • Kirsten J January 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Augh!!! I’ve had a graft and had *complications* – honestly….worse than childbirth, I swear!!! I’ve had friends have grafts and be all “it’s no big deal”, and bounce back in 2 days. Annnnddd…I’ve seen some hit the couch for a week. Worse than the flu. Ugh. I’m holding out for my next one, hoping for some huge strides in stem cell research and they can magically grow me new gums.

  • Kelly January 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I feel your pain! I’ve had the mouth gum graft done 6 times between the two sides…it is sooooo uncomfortable! Hoping for a speedy recovery for you! God Blessl

  • Becky Carl January 22, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Shay, I hope you feel better soon! Love and Prayers♡

  • Detroit Duchess January 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I hope you feel better soon Shay! I just watched the latest episode of Madam Secretary and it did not disappoint! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

  • Carrie January 22, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers! You got me hooked on Madam Secretary! Love that show. I’ve watched them all and am waiting for season 4 to come to Netflix 😊 Rest up and let your precious family wait on you!

  • Janie January 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I’m getting my first gum procedure done on Friday (after putting it off for years) so it’s crazy that you posted about this today! I’m a big old wimp so I decided to go with the AlloDerm…I’m really hoping it helps significantly with recovery time and pain levels. Wishing you a speedy recovery and thanks for sharing your story!

  • Jeanie January 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, I feel so bad for you. That has got to be a horrid procedure. Prayers that you heal very quickly and enjoy your almost liquid diet.

  • Kim Nations January 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Oh Shay I feel god you. I had this done several years ago on my eye teeth and the stomach teeth. They took the grafts from the roof of my mouth. I had one side done at a time. It took great but hurts. Take care and rest.

  • Debbie Dunbar January 22, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Feel better soon and enjoy the downtime. Madame Secretary is one of my favorites too!

  • Leslie S January 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Would you mind sharing what kind of doctors #17 and 18 were? I read your original post and could relate to so much. I actually have a follow-up appointment with my ENT next week and would love to ask his thoughts. I am so sorry you are going through this. Thank you for being so open…you may have provided some new direction for me (and I’m sure others) and saved us time/pain/money! Prayers for your healing!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 23, 2018 at 5:57 am

      An orthodontist and a myofunctional therapist 🙂

  • April Parrish January 22, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Praying you are able to rest easy and heal quickly. Great bible verse!!🙌🏻🙌🏻

  • Linda Grubbs January 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Rest well sweet girl. I do admire your strength.

  • Angela January 23, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Prayers for a complete recovery, Shay!!!! You are such a blessing to us all!!! Hugs and quick healing to you!!

  • Stephanie Anderson January 23, 2018 at 6:20 am

    If you are looking for a movie Meagan Leavy is a great movie! I recommend for you and your hubby to watch, I think it’s to intense for the kiddos. It’s a true story about a female in the Army’s K-9 unit that goes to Afghanistan.

  • Whitney Pegram January 23, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Prayers for a speedy recovery!!

  • Megan P January 23, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I have to get it done and I keep putting it off! I am terrible with any kind of dental work so I am terrified. Seeing you get it and seeing all the posts of readers that have done it is inspiring. I guess if everyone can get through it, I can too 🙂

  • Leslie Clingan January 23, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Would call reading this post and the one from 2014 a coincidence except I don’t believe that anything in this world is a chance coincidence. I was meant to find this post.

    Just consulted with my dentist last week about jaw pain, the possibility that I am grinding my teeth at night. Told her that my tongue is pushing against the roof of my mouth and my front teeth at night, which seemed to go right by her…no comment. She recommended I visit her husband, a chiropractor, and have a night guard made because I have to be grinding and clenching at night even if there is no sign that I am. Even if my husband says I am not.

    I know you have a zillion comments and can in no way answer everyone. But I would just like to know what is the correct position for the tongue at rest at night? And if my teeth won’t touch without me forcing them to, is that abnormal?

    Prayers for quiet days of rest for you. Praying that your grafting results are spot on. And that you are soon back to being vivacious, wonderful you.

  • Christine January 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I know you have been in great hands with awesome doctors and therapists that made a huge difference and they have said your tonsils were the root cause but it might be worth exploring to see if you have any type of oral restrictions that could be contributing to these issues? DFW has some great preferred providers (dentists) that are specialist in tongue tie. Dr. Stacy Cole in Ft. Worth at Clear Fork Dental is the best!! Maybe consider a consult with him? Hope you recovery quickly!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 24, 2018 at 5:40 am

      I know him!! Ha! That’s too funny! Yes, I have consulted with him!

      • Christine January 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm

        He is the best!! so if you have already consulted with him!!! still wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Christine January 23, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Btw, I also do agree hormones (especially after having babies) can have a huge impact on gums too!! 🙂

  • Olivia Snyder January 24, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Yikes! I had some tooth issues a couple of months ago and the pain made me wish I was in labor instead. Can’t imagine that much of my gums being worked on. Hope you recover quickly, but enjoy the down time if you can.

  • Betsy Siegal January 24, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Wow. I had no idea tonsils could cause such havoc! I had been struggling with the idea of getting my daughters tonsils out for years and finally decided to do it this past summer. Lots of factors made this decision a hard one (doctors telling me that they were fine – even though food would get stuck in between her tonsils when she would eat) but their sheer size alone was causing her a lot of problems. I am encouraged by your story and feel good about getting her tonsils out!

  • Brittany S January 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    That sounds so painful! I hope you are feeling better! I’m LOVING Madam Secretary. Did you know that Elizabeth and Henry are dating in real life?! I just found out and now I love it even more!

  • Jill January 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your discomfort! As a dental hygienist (29 years) I wish more people were educated on Myofunctional Therapy. I have spent the last four years working in Pediatric dentistry. I recently saw a young girl who obviously had a “tongue thrust” problem. I explained to the mother the importance of trying to correct this at a young age. Unfortunately I feel she didn’t value what I said or she didn’t believe me. You are definitely doing the right thing for your oral health!

  • Taryn Blizman February 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Hi there. I am having four teeth/gums grafted in March. I was wondering if you did any sort of sedation? I was thinking of not and just wearing my ear buds with music because I don’t really have a fear of it but wanted to know if that was a silly idea or if it really isn’t that bad…. thanks!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 6, 2018 at 5:16 am

      I was put out completely. Thank goodness 😉 !