Monday, December 15, 2014

Glasses and Me

A couple weeks ago I went to the eye doctor, because I had noticed that my far vision was getting a little blurry. I didn't think anything was really wrong, and I doubted I would need glasses, but half an hour and a couple of tests later, the doctor informed me that I'm nearsighted. For all of you who have never been able to figure out the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness (like me until recently), being nearsighted means that objects in the distance appear slightly out of focus (more or less so, depending on the seriousness). Seems like it should be simple, right? Somehow I always get it confused.

Anyway, my vision isn't that bad; my myopia is pretty mild. I have 20/40 vision (I believe), as opposed to the normal 20/20. Still, when I got my glasses and slid them on, I was surprised at how much my vision improved. Now I can read signs across the street! I can make out the features in far away faces! I have superhuman eyes! Or not.

I just picked up my glasses this afternoon. I picked them out last week, and boy did it take me a long time. I tried to find ones that looked good on my face, but my reflection never looked like me; I wasn't used to myself with glasses. I'm still not, actually, but I guess that's because I've only had them for three hours.

A suggestion to you all: if you're squinting at the board in school, or having trouble reading things on the other side of the room, make an appointment with an eye doctor. Mainly I want glasses so that I can read the boards in my classrooms; last week a teacher actually saw me squinting and advised me to sit closer. If you've just had a growth spurt (like me) sometimes that can cause your vision to get a little out of whack.

Well, it's time to begin my life wearing glasses! If any of you have them already, feel free to leave me tips.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Truth About Braces

As some of you might remember, this past July I got braces. I've now had them for almost exactly five months, which obviously doesn't make me any kind of expert, but these past few months I've racked up a few tidbits of wisdom I feel at liberty to share with you. So now, for all you braces-and-non-braces-having people alike, I present The Truth About Braces (now a major motion picture).

1. Getting them on hurts the worst. When they first put your brackets on and tighten those awful wires; that's when your mouth is going to be the most sore. They told me it would hurt for at most, four days. It hurt for eight. For the first week, you won't be able to eat anything remotely crunchy, and most things will have to be chewed in the very back of your mouth, where it hurts the least. When you get them tightened every six or so weeks after that, you'll be sore for a few days, but it will never be as bad as that awful first time.

2. Once you get braces,  everyone feels at liberty to tell you how crooked your teeth used to be. Maybe this is just me, but I found that once I got my braces on, suddenly everyone seemed to feel free to admit that before my front teeth were definitely crooked. It's one of those times when you're like, Should I be offended or not? Fortunately, it doesn't bother me that much. My teeth straightened out pretty quick after I got them on, and I know they weren't perfect before, so I like to think that when people tell me how crooked my teeth used to be they're just giving me a very oddly-worded compliment. 

3. Braces will kill your toothbrush. I wish I could take a photo and show you how banged up my toothbrush is right now, after less than a month of using it. The bristles get caught in your brackets, and are constantly being torn out and thrown askew. If you think of a toothbrush as a head of hair, mine has 100% split ends. Nowadays I have to replace it a lot more than I used to.

4. Your orthodontist will never be satisfied with your brushing. Orthodontists are like dentists. Every time you go into the office, they cluck their tongue and tell you that you have hoards of plaque in between your teeth and that you need to angle your toothbrush more and how many times a day do you even brush? Two? NONSENSE! I have five steps of dental care I go through every night, and still it's never enough for my orthodontist. WILL I EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH?!

5. Your orthodontist will warn you about the dangers of candy. But, if you are like me, you will eat it anyway. I popped two brackets in one week, after Halloween. If you non-braces folks don't know what that means, basically two of my brackets came unglued and just kind of slid around on the wires, not doing any work to help straighten out my teeth. It doesn't hurt, but it really makes me paranoid. I've popped three brackets in five months. (I'm trying to be careful, I swear!)

So there you have it. The truth about braces, plain and simple. All the action and adventure you didn't pay for! Hurrah! There are a lot more things I could say about braces (wax, soreness, when your orthodontist doesn't give you colors even though all your other friends have them and…okay, calm  down, Ella) but I think this post is long enough. 

Oh yeah, and I'm getting glasses. Turns out I'm nearsighted. The end.