I’m not so great this morning

And yes, sure, it may be because my cousins left. I had a talk with his wife and we agree that this is probably the most time we have spent together. She told me I need to come up and visit them next at their new home in Kansas and my cousin said he will be back down here in a few months without his family to visit again. That will be nice. They had their dog with them so finally there were 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house! The cats avoided the cute little doggies and stayed upstairs so even better!

No, I woke up with a bad charley horse again plus my left eye hurts. I take allergy medicine every day so it can’t be allergies. My nose was running last night too so I probably have a cold or something. I’m going to take it easy today. I have a treatment scheduled this morning but that’s it. Well, that’s it if Mr. 95 year old doesn’t want to go to dinner. I love seeing him, I do not want to risk getting him sick!

Ms. Forgets cancelled on me yesterday so I had a day off unexpectedly. I woke up to her calling me. Then I let her son know. He called her and I don’t know what he said but she called and bitched me out for telling him! So then I spoke with the son again and he said not to worry about it, just let her be. She called me yesterday afternoon and apologized. Come to find out, she wanted to drive herself because she doesn’t want me in her shrinks office with her. I told her I don’t want to be in there and now she is rescheduling (she didn’t go). That was an ordeal!

I went swimming for 45 minutes after that mess to get in my exercise (4th day in a row). Cousins wife didn’t want to go to the gym and I’ve been wanting back in the pool for a few days so I went. Nobody was there for the first 35 minutes (this was at 7:30am) and then this woman brought her 2 year old grandson and was teaching him to swim so they were not in my way of laps so I got 45 minutes in. It was nice! And the pool feels SO good!

Do you remember the couple I was driving that I quit on? Well, their daughter called me yesterday and told me that the husband has a melanoma in his lung and on his brain! He’s being treated by MD Anderson (the best cancer place) and still going grocery shopping and out to dinner even though he is supposed to be resting. She asked if I would go by and see them one weekend as they feel like I am a part of the family (how sweet!). I will at some point go by. I still need to take them their key!

So, last picture of my cousins son (I guess he’s my cousin too)

My son was playing with Amber last night and was holding her and he said she looks like a guy with his arm out the window of his car like “Hey baby”

My son said he’s glad “family time” is over for the summer and ready for “beach time” to be over too. He calls it “Beach time” because he is going with the church in 11 days to the beach with 1200 other middle school kids for bible time and church activities. Then we are going to the beach at the end of June for 3 days so I can hopefully relax and celebrate my birthday. He told me after that, he’s really on vacation and do not ask him to do anything. Lol, I will be, don’t worry! I plan on having fun this summer and he is going to have to deal with it!

It’s already been a morning. I did not feel like going downstairs to smoke this morning. I opened my window and leaned out and what I’ve been afraid of since I moved in happened. My phone flew out of my hand and went down. I am SO thankful that there are bushes and dirt and grass under my window! I had to run down and get my phone. Nothing happened to it this time. It could happen next time so I need to be more careful. I don’t even understand how it flew. It was in my hand, I was reading a blog, and oh shit, there it goes!

I had to run down without putting in my dentures and get it and ended up smoking down there anyway. There were 2 people outside but I don’t think they saw me. I don’t ever go out without my dentures. I am not comfortable with that at my age. My sister does it all the time, I can’t. If you are a newer reader to my life, HERE is my denture story.

I am hoping my eye feels a bit better quick so I can put on my contacts and teeth, shower, walk the dog, and get to my appointment. I need to make an appointment to see the eye doctor this month and I am still thinking of just getting glasses. I want transitions so I can just put them on and go. Another blogger made me remember how they get foggy going from cold to hot air. I just want them because I am tired of contacts and how I can’t see perfectly with them. Then again, I can’t exercise in glasses either as they slip with my sweat. Any thoughts on that?

I hope everyone has a good hump day. I am going to get back out of bed and get moving.

March 2016

I already blogged about my dentures. I forgot that I wrote in a journal about the experience as it happened. This is long and may be boring to some but it is my story so I want it published!

Before surgery:

After years of crappy dentists and a hereditary link to bad teeth, I went to a friends dentist who is actually going to do what I have wanted for years. He is going to have his oral surgeon pull all of my teeth under anesthesia and he is going to give me dentures. I can’t wait! All of the other dentists I have seen want to “save” the teeth and do root canals and who knows what else, just as long as they make tons of money off me. How many times can a person go through the same procedures? I have no back teeth at all after having root canals with crowns that fell off and rotted or just had them pulled to save money on those root canals and and crowns!

I have 3 weeks before this will take place. I have started researching the procedure, what to expect, and actually spoke with 2 other women that have gone through this. Woman 1 had hers done 20 years ago. She paid $50 a tooth to be pulled (so not fair as these days the cheapest to get it done is $300 a tooth while you are awake) and was awake for the procedure. She doesn’t remember how many had to be pulled at this time. She got her dentures a week later and has had 3 sets of dentures in 20 years. The first for a year, the 2nd for 20 years. She just got this newest pair 6 months ago and she is very happy that she did this.

Woman 2 just had this done a month ago. She has NOT been happy so far. She has trouble keeping the dentures in, even after many trips back to her dentist. She gags a lot and cannot even eat soft foods yet! Her teeth look wonderful and she’s happy she went through the procedure even though she was awake with only Novocain to get her teeth pulled. She told me she didn’t have bottom teeth anyway so she was ready to get this done.

After researching and speaking with these 2 women, I am really excited! I still have a week before mine will get done too. I am working as much as possible so I can take a few days off without worrying about bills.

I have my ride to the procedure set (thanks to my parents who said they want to meet the man they gave a shit ton of money to), my ride for my 24 hour follow up visit set (one of my oldest friends that I met in 6th grade who also gave me the dentist name), tons of soup in the pantry, and ice cream in the freezer. My son will stay at my parents for 3 days so I can recover and have a weird schedule if needed.

Day of surgery:

I am very excited! I woke up at 5am, did everything I needed to do, and then waited on my 6:15am ride to the dentist office with my parents. My Dad was not in a good mood since he was not used to getting up that early plus I’m sure he was nervous for me.

We are on time and yet the oral surgeon ended up being an hour late (he said traffic which doesn’t surprise me here). As I waited, my blood pressure elevated, probably because I was more and more nervous just sitting in the dentists chair. When he arrived, he told me what he was going to do. My dentist came in to say hello and meet my parents. That helped me relax a lot. He’s a great guy and truly remarkable dentist.

An hour later, I woke up with my dentures. My face was numb from my neck up to my eyes. I have a full set of teeth! Yay!

I get home and my Dad goes and picks up my prescriptions. As soon as he gets back, I take everything. He brought pain medicine (Tramadol), an antibiotic, an anti-nausea medicine, as well as a mouth rinse. After taking everything, my Dad left so I could rest. I watched TV, wandered around the house, ate ice cream (not easy with a numb face!), and text a bunch of friends. My son came home after school to check on me with my friend that drove him home. She and her son left a few minutes later and my son packed a bag to go stay with my parents (his grandparents) for a few days while I recover. After many hugs and kisses, my Dad picked him up and I was alone. The only time I got up after that was when a package was delivered to the door or human nature happening.

3:30am the day after surgery of pulling 16 teeth and waking up with dentures:

I went to bed at 9pm on Tramadol and a sleeping pill as pain was just starting and numbness was just wearing off.

PAIN woke me up at 3:30AM! My mouth hurt so bad! I feel like the dentures are cutting into my gums and I’m still bleeding from who knows where in my mouth. The surgeon told me that I have to keep the teeth in for 2 days so the swelling won’t get so bad that the teeth don’t fit. I am really looking forward to going to the dentist this morning just to be having these taken out – even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

I am not happy with these dentures. The impressions that the dentist took showed how my top teeth are big so why are these so small? And why are the bottom teeth so tall? Also, why is the gum color so dark? It looks like I am sick!

I take a picture of my teeth to share with certain people and send it to them. I take my pills, and then a 30 minute nap. Then I go and watch TV for a few hours. All I’m allowed to eat on the 1st day is cold liquid foods. I ate a pint of ice cream over the course of the day (not too much fun when you’re lactose intolerant either) and I don’t want anymore. My neighbors brought me some flowers and I told them how sick of ice cream I was. One of them ran home and brought me back a vegetable juice (Naked juice Green Machine) that tastes pretty good (I am really hungry but it’s actually good too). I drank an entire glass and took another pain pill. That juice and blenderized soups saved me from being too hungry.

My friend came to spend the night and drive me back to the dentist the next morning. We talked for a while and then I took more pills and went to bed at 9pm because when I stood up, I was dizzy from the sleep aid I took.

I went to the dentist and asked him for something other than Tramadol for pain. He gave me Vicodin thankfully so that took care of all the pain I had been in. He said I was doing well. He told me I could eat hot liquid foods so I almost raced home to put soup in the blender and eat it. I had to be on a liquid diet for 3 weeks while I healed.

I had to go to the dentist every 2 weeks for adjustments for about 3 months. Then I was able to not have to go for 3 months. I had gotten used to them. My clients love my new look and are very happy for me.

Cut to January 2017. I go in to the dentist, he takes new impressions, has me text him pictures of what my teeth originally looked like, and he HANDMADE my permanent set. Now I look like I used to other than I have pretty teeth now.

This was an experience I do not wish for anyone. It was necessary for me and for a lot of people. Don’t get this done over a few teeth. I had 16 teeth already pulled or rotted out and the remaining ones were starting to go too. That’s the only reason I did it. I am NOT good at taking pain (thank God for c-sections instead of natural childbirth – that’s a WHOLE different story). I am glad I did it though. It’s worth it in the end.

Teeth issues

Ever since I got my braces off at the age of 14, my teeth have gotten worse and worse. I always brushed my teeth like I was supposed to, I went to the dentist every 6 months, I did everything I was told. I always had cavities and my mom would blame me, not knowing or understanding that in part it is genetics.

When I met my biological siblings, I noticed everyone's teeth were horrible and my sister 6 years younger than me has dentures. So I talked to my friends dentist and he said teeth are part how you take care of them and part genetics. I was so happy to have been validated!

This is a picture of myself before I did something about it.

They kept getting worse. One of my friends brothers friend happens to be a dentist and did it for the military overseas for a long time before coming home and setting up shop here. So I listened to my friend and went to see him.

I came out of his office with a price and a plan. He agreed with me that I was missing too many teeth in the back and the front ones were so bad that my best bet was to get the bad teeth pulled and get dentures. I have heard horror stories of implants and actually had a couple of people that after a few years, the implants started falling out!

Before my Dad passed, he drove me down to the dentist (30 miles away from where I live – he's in Clear Lake) and he paid for everything up front. I went to sleep with bad teeth and woke up with beautiful teeth. When the numbness wore off, I was in pain! I was in pain for 2 weeks, I even had to go ask for better pain killers. I never take pain meds either! Over the next 6 months, I was down at his office at least once every 2 weeks having them adjusted. All of those visits were covered too!!! So that was in March 2016.

After a year, when my gums are supposed to have stopped receding, I got to go back and get my permanent dentures. They look just like my real teeth, without all the disgusting stuff and missing teeth. All the pain in the first few months was totally worth it! It really was painful at first too.

This is the difference between the temporary dentures and my permanent ones. The first set was really small teeth and I hated them! I told the dentist every time I would see him that I wanted my permanent ones to look like my original teeth. He used his cell phone and took close up pictures of my teeth and he made my new set himself.

The difference between my real teeth and my dentures. I am SO much happier with my smile now!

The dentist did an awesome job and I would recommend his office to anyone, I even take my son there now that they have a pediatric dentist.

Clear Lake Modern Dentistry is the BEST!!!