I was muscularly weak, low energy, my skeletal system twisted from childhood polio, and hips in pain despite daily physical therapy, healthy diet, plenty of rest. As I entered my sixtieth year, I had to do something or I could see myself steadily losing ability to care for myself. There were many times when I could not manage.
I only wanted to get my mercury fillings removed to see if it could help my energy levels. When Dr. Wolfe suggested that before he replaced my fillings I should allow him to correct my bite with a splint. He explained that because my bite was out of alignment, and because my uneven spine and hips reflected to my jaw therefore the two skeletal parts kept reinforcing each other’s misalignment. If he put in ceramic fillings without correcting my bite via the splint, then my misaligned jaw would permanently and constantly undermine my spine and hip physical therapy. But if he corrected my bite with weekly visits, and if I saw a chiropractor each time I got an incremental bite correction, the hips and bite would both get better. It seemed like a wild idea, but I respected the people who referred me to Dr Wolfe, and Dr Wolfe was sincere. I said ok. It meant I had to get splint snd chiropractic treatments constantly for about 4-5 months. I started noticing I was stronger. I could open the garage door if I was wearing my splint.
During my therapy and recovery period I started watching home improvement shows on Netflix to pass the time. Soon I found myself sketching and dreaming of fixing up my house. I did not have the energy at first. As time and treatments progressed, I found myself regaining my old can-do attitude. I started measuring walls, drawing up plans.
By the time I got my mercury fillings removed, I had big plans to remodel my home. After the bite was corrected I had more strength and after the mercury fillings were removed, bad teeth pulled, and bridges and a partial filled in my missing teeth, my energy grew and grew. I spent more time outside in fresh air.
Over the past year I removed 7,000 pounds of gravel from my leaky roof, powerwashed, and re-asphalted it all by myself. It took 4 months, a few hours every day, dustpan by dustpan, but I really did it!
Next I built a 25-foot long 2-foot high raised ledge rock planter that curves around the corner of our front yard (my husband helped me mix the cement), and filled it with flowers. All my neighbors love it and say it improves the neighborhood.
Now I am roofing my patio, mostly by myself, a covered patio will be a wonderful outdoor room where I can experiment growing healthy food year around, and we can spend even more time in fresh air as we grow older.
People can hardly believe I am 62 years old when they see me up on the roof with drills, levels, and circular saw.
And my daily physical therapy working out on cable pulls machines is paying off. My hips are evening out, and there is less pain, although I’d be surprised if my spine totally straightened out. I can twist to look over my shoulder when driving and changing lanes, like when I was younger. This spine improvement makes me a safer driver.
What’s even nicer are the veneers. Dr. Wolfe convinced me to go the whole route and fix up the broken uneven teeth. For all my life when in a group photo, whoever was behind the camera always pointed me out and advised that I close my lips when I smiled. Now people say, “I love your smile!” And it surprises me. One day in Home Depot a little nine year old girl in line in front of me said, “I like your smile.” Also, same happened at a Christmas party a few months ago. Since the veneers, nobody has asked me to close my lips.
It feels nice to smile and people smile back.
Thank you Dr. Wolfe.
Dr. Una E. Medina