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For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for October 17, 2020

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    capricorn9th  about 2 months ago

    Don’t worry, Liz. People probably will think you’re deaf. Or have a speech impediment.

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    Argythree  about 2 months ago

    Poor Liz…

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  about 2 months ago

    you’re welcome, John (what appliance did he put in her anyway?)

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    howtheduck  about 2 months ago

    According to the internet, speech impediments are not uncommon for the first few days until you get used to the appliance. Naturally this means we will be in for a week or two of jokes about Elizabeth’s inability to pronounce the “S” sound.

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    Cminuscomics&stories Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Actually, speech problems seem to last a lot longer than a week or two with braces.

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    dcdete.  about 2 months ago

    Just a thought, does it really matter if she sucks her thumb, since she hasn’t ANY lower teeth to grow crooked? I mean isn’t it suction from the tongue anyways that sucks the thumb and that is located on the bottom of the mouth?

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    The Pro from Dover  about 2 months ago

    I think she’s nervous or upset about something. Stressed out. Thumb sucking relaxes her and helps her fall asleep. Maybe family counseling would help.

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    lnpdavid74 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I had that “problem” until the 5th grade. I lost a permanent front tooth and had to wear as one type of appliance with a tooth on it. It broke me immediately of thumb sucking. My son also sucked his thumb and he dropped a glass jug while going down stairs, well onto it and cut his thumb. That broke it for him. So, sometimes some type of catastrophic event has to happen to correct the issue.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Yeab he ib…Very pothithiff!

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    joefearsnothing  about 2 months ago

    Uh..Oh yeah…..there’s that! Sorry! :o{

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    Femi Aminat  Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Remember….No Ghost pepper or Carolina reaper sauce…folks.

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    Grace Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Orthodontist: You can wear the retainer, or you can have crooked teeth. Me: Bring on the crooked teeth.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Nope. Nope. A thousand times Nope.

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    summerdog  about 2 months ago

    What John just did, smacks of child abuse to me. The man is a professional dentist. He hasn’t learned ANY alternative methods to help her stop sucking her thumb? As far as we know, they haven’t tried anything else, except to threaten her with the device, and then punish her for yelling at dad, by installing the device. Lynn sees this storyline as funny….it’s actually making me uncomfortable.

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    kab2rb  about 2 months ago

    For bedtime not awake time.

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    samfran6-0  about 2 months ago

    I thought she would only wear it to bed, not all the time. So her school mates would not see it, anyway.

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    Omniman  about 2 months ago

    I don’t think she needs anything to keep her from sucking her thumb at school.

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    rebelstrike0  about 2 months ago

    Time to pay for that Boston Original T-shirt, Elizabeth!

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    summerdog  about 2 months ago

    Check out Jan C’s post from yesterday, with an excellent summary of the types of appliances that can be used to stop thumb sucking. Looks like they are not put into place in one appointment.

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    kathleenhicks62  about 2 months ago

    It kind of leaves her mush mouthed…..boy is Dad in trouble now!

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    USN1977  about 2 months ago

    Now let us hear Elizabeth say “the sixth sick shiek’s six sick sheep”.

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    M2MM  about 2 months ago

    We had a dentist years ago that came up with a real NASTY device for this purpose. It cured most patients in one day or two. It had spikes! 8-O He had suggested it when our eldest was about 10, and a chronic thumb sucker. We declined. Our son chose the bitter “nail polish” instead.

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    washatkc Premium Member 25 days ago

    Oh jeez. Just leave her alone. She will quit.

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