Ever since Matthew was very small, we have had to spend a great deal of time at the dentist/orthodontist. It has been really hard on him, having so many surgeries and subsequent braces, expanders, more braces etc, etc. His pain tolerance level is so high that it is almost dangerous! He is stoic and brave and I am immensely proud of him.
Today was another visit into the Royal Children's Hospital in the city for new braces. We had a 90 minute drive in the traffic and then almost 2 hours in the dental chair. His expander had to be removed and the new braces fitted. By the end his mouth was very, very sore.
The 'silver lining' to all of this of course is that we get to have some very special Mom/Matthew time together. Over the years, I have got to know my son, we have shared hours of chatting in the car, always have a treat lunch together when his appointment is over and just share some laughs and fun together.
Today we did some Christmas shopping, how cool to have a whole morning with my teenage son and us both enjoy and love the time together. I am so proud of him, grateful to the amazing medical staff who have worked miracles and to the Universe for the silver lining of his inner and outer beauty.