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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One thing at a time please



Life is interesting sometime. My leg injury is slowly getting better. The harsh antibiotics seem to be helping. A steady diet of probiotics and yogurt is keeping the innards from being too messed up.

Of course, in life, there's no rule that you have to deal with just one thing. Sunday night one of my teeth broke. There is nothing like a toothache to focus the mind. All day Monday I called around trying to get in to see a dentist. That's when I discovered there is no emergency dental services in the North Country. I managed to get an appointment for Tuesday afternoon.

There was a time on Monday when it hurt bad enough that I was tempted to do what my grandfather did back in the day. He pulled his own teeth with pliers and a shot of whisky. Never saw a dentist in his life. He was a tough man.

So I get to the dentist. He examines me and takes an x-ray. Then we talk. The tooth was in pretty bad shape. I figured it was beyond saving this time. He agreed that made sense. All I wanted was for him to pull it. He said he didn't dare because of my “massive jaw.” Guess he doesn't treat too many Neanderthals. So one out of pocket visit later I'm left with contact info for oral surgeons.

On the bright side, he said the antibiotics I'm taking for my leg should knock out any bacteria associated with the bad tooth. The pain should lessen. It appears he's right about that as it's down to a dull ache. As long as I'm careful how I eat and drink I can live with it for now.

It's another cool rainy day. On the bright side, the ice has finally melted off the lake. Snow has been reduced to random piles in shady areas. The veggie van is running and handling better than it has in some time. I'll take what I can get.

-Sixbears

14 comments:

  1. Ah, that's Life isn't it. When something bad occurs, waiting for the 2nd shoe to drop is often inevitable. I'm sorry to hear of your dental problems - I too have experienced 'urgent dental issues'. My condolences sir - I hope Life goes back to good soon.

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    1. I've an appointment for a consultation at an oral surgeon a month from now, and 50 miles away. That was the close guy and the quick appointment. I can only laugh.

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  2. Toothache and ear aches I certainly can do without. I hope you get some relief soon, buddy!

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    1. I can live with it right now. Thanks Jim!

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  3. Hugs, an old-time remedy for toothaches is clove oil.
    Link: http://everydayroots.com/clove-toothache-remedy

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  4. Go to a bar, get drunk, and start a fight with the biggest, meanest guy in there. Could be cheaper than the dentist. . . or not.

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    1. I'm usually the biggest guy there . . .

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  5. Don't try to pull the teeth in your upper jaw. The bone between the tooth root and the sinuses is pretty thin and if you manage to breach it and infect your sinuses all manner of bad things happen.

    I got that lecture from my dentist after he questioned all the plier marks on one of my molars. At first he and his assistant had a good laugh when they thought I was joking, then they got very serious and gave me the warning.

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    1. Thank you for the warning. It's an upper. Usually when I have a tooth pulled they break and I'm spitting up fragments for weeks. The dentist didn't want to chance that, but for me that's normal. Eventually all the pieces come out and it heals. Well, maybe things will go smoother when I eventually meet with the oral surgeon.

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  6. My wife just went through having a tooth pulled. We got sent to a series of specialists all over North Georgia, with the end result that we got sent back to the first dentist and he pulled the tooth, and that was that. But all the specialists got to bill us for our visit...

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    1. I figure I'll be out about $300 before I even get to the guy who'll pull it. Great scam.

      I miss the old dentists who, while not gentle, got the job done.

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