Today’s the first full day of my new life. Finally have the teeth nature intended me to have. To the rest of the world my teeth were fine. To me they were small, yellow, and in constant need of care.
I had stress induced dry mouth from the time I was a young child.. I finally figured out that it was the cause of my problems because nothing else made sense. Medications actually helped alleviate it because I wasn’t tense all the time anymore.
Never knew until yesterday that Listerine is horrible for people with dry mouth, and I’m a Listerine junkie. Love the taste, swishing it around my mouth and keeping it there. It always felt as if I were killing all the germs. Didn’t realize that I was killing the teeth.
I can’t believe that I’m talking about my teeth in my blog and that people have been so wonderful. That’s one of the great things about blogging. I can talk about the really horrible without fear of being judged. The morally wrong don’t count.
I have always used writing as a way of understanding what the problem is, and being able to think of solutions. Now I can think out loud in my blog and get great support.
The pain is beginning to abate and the swelling’s going down. Can’t believe that my face didn’t swell through prior more intrusive oral surgeries. For some reason this two year tooth saga began to wear me down around the same time I received publicity.
I was burnt. Did write about that. Didn’t write about how scared I was until the last couple of weeks, I think. Almost looked up “fatal symptomless conditions that could happen while on a dentist’s chair or in the ten days afterwards.” Remembered that I’m a former SSI Claims Rep ,and am a Licensed Social Worker who specialized in geriatrics. Know them all from my careers, and my reading.
Did read everything I could on dentistry and implants. I’m very blessed because I could afford to go to the best. My very expensive health insurance doesn’t cover even a part of it. But I knew from the day I decided to do this that this was an amazing investment in myself that will pay itself back ten times.
Know more than a few people who are having extensive implants. They began before me, and will be going for a much longer time. Some even have insurance that my dentists accept. I guess people don’t want to pay a larger co-pay. I will say that my friend’s sister Denise has excellent insurance and spends as much money on jewelry and clothes as if she were the average pop star.
Dental work isn’t the place to economize on. I’m in so much pain because one of the teeth that was worked on the other day was one of the “too much work” teeth. I first had my teeth bonded in 1983 when I was 32, and…here I am the world’s first self-professed dental bulimic.
You helped me get though this. And offered empathy rather than the scorn I thought this would be received with. Though I didn’t want to I used to judge a person by his or her teeth until I couldn’t anymore.
That’s an incredible high. Thank you all so much. This is about as dramatic as my present day life gets. My youthful dramas are much more interesting.
I am so disappointed in New York’s senators for not voting for the Kerry/Feingold bill.
I wanted Hillary to be the first woman president six years ago. Unfortunately she’s been campaigning for president since she first became Senator. I can’t believe that she lacked the chutzpah to vote for that bill. Unless she’s planning a strategy move to end the war tomorrow and somehow…
Chuck’s parents live in the same eighteen hole golf course apartment complex that my Mom lived in. Would love to have been able to see my Mom going at Chuckala’s parents. According to my Mom they were stingy in the reception they made after Chuckualla was elected. Heavy on the egg salad, light on the smoked fishes.
My parents would have sprung for the all smoked fish reception, with caviar, if one of their kids were elected Senator from New York. That’s as far up the political ladder as any parent would want their kid to go now. And my parents had daughters who changed careers a lot so it really would have been a miracle.
Chuck, your parents would have gone to great lengths if they had to, to make sure that you didn’t serve in Viet Nam. No Jewish boy I knew went to Viet Nam, no matter how poor their family was.
Our grandparents had survived the pogroms and/or the Nazi’s as did many parents of baby boomers. They weren’t going to let their children and/or grandchildren die in a meaningless war. You should be a leader in this. Unless you have a plan to…
I support the Troops that are in Iraq, with all my heart. But on Tuesday I will be downtown at a rally in support of Lieutenant Eheren Watada who might face court martial because he believes that the war and occupation in Iraq is illegal. He’s the first commissioned officer to refuse to be deployed.
May the war end tomorrow, but in the meantime may more troops take courage from Lieutenant Watada and do the same.
I took back my teeth, and that sounds strange. We can take back the country. As usual, I don’t debate, I do delete, and if you want a debate go to BIO.
On Monday I will be back with a post about an experience that I just had with another political blog. I’m dying to write about it now, but….