Taking Care Of Your Teeth

I had another dentist appointment yesterday afternoon. That one was just for a check up and cleaning.

Last year I had crowns put on a couple of teeth and had treatments for gum disease.

Gum disease can sneak up on you if you are not paying attention and taking care of your teeth.

I had not been flossing on a regular basis and sometimes only brushed my teeth once a day. So I ended up having cavities and gum disease.

So take it from me. It is definitely worth the time and effort to brush and floss. Unless of course you want to lose some or all your teeth before you are even 50.

Those treatments cost quite a bit and you have to have them every three months for a while. They also give you some mouthwash type stuff you have to use for a while that kills bacteria in your mouth. That is in addition to the brushing at least twice a day.

I have been doing much better and the dentist says the bone around my teeth seems to have fully recovered and I did NOT have any problems this time around.

Except a possible loose crown. I have to go back in a month and have that checked.

If my teeth had better care in the beginning so many of them wouldn’t have crowns which cost about $1000 bucks each and the ones that are missing would still be there.

So let this be a lesson to you! Take care of your teeth!

Doggie In The Window

This is one of my dogs lying in the window. He was actually sleeping there this time but usually they will be up there looking out.

This one is male and he gets up on the windowsill itself sometimes and barks at things. The other dog likes lie up there with her head on the sill so she can see out.

When we moved in here we put my grandmothers cedar chest in this window just so the dogs could get up there and look out. They stay up there a lot when no one is home with them. We know this because the curtains get moved out of the way when they push through them.

Of course we usually keep the curtains open so they won’t have to do that but sometimes we forget.

We have a couch in front of the window on the back side of the house. The dogs like to get up on the back of it and look out that window too.

So yea basically we set up our house for the comfort of the dogs. Guess that shows who is in charge here.

It could be worse. We don’t allow the chickens inside! And my hubby has strongly resisted the intrusion of any other animals. No cats, ducks, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, or anything else that “looks so cute!” has been allowed in the house.

That is probably a very wise decision on his part. If it was totally up to me we might end up living in a zoo.

We do have some happy dogs though!

Life Goes On, So Do Memories

Picture of a graveyard.My neighbor across the street from us died last week. He was buried on Tuesday. He was a really great neighbor and a good friend. He is the one who brought his tractor over and tilled up our garden for us several years in a row.

He also let my husband borrow things we didn’t have. He used to keep my uncle busy working on his farm before my uncle died. And they always gave us stuff out of their garden that we didn’t have…or didn’t haven enough of.

We are going to miss him. His wife and the rest of his family will really miss him though. They were married for 52 years. They got married the year my husband was born. That is a long time.

He left some grand-kids and a great grand-kid behind as well as lots of good memories in the minds of his friends and neighbors. He seems to have lived a really good life.

On Monday we were also remembering all those who served our country. Many of whom gave “the last full measure of devotion”.

It is good to sit down and remember sometimes. Tell stories about those who are not here anymore. Pass the stories down to the next generation.

Children need to know where they come from and that others have sacrificed so they could be where they are and live as well as they do. I think too many kids these day have not been taught that.

That is something we need to work on.

Who do you want to remember?

Are Hospital Designers Sadists?

Right now I believe they are. I think they must go to school to learn the best way to frustrate and annoy anyone who enters the building.

And of course they put stairs and hills in there too just so it hurts to do all that walking. Walking that is required because they built it so you don’t know where the heck you are.

I’m also pretty sure they deliberately design them to go in circles and make all the walls look exactly alike so you won’t know you are just going over and over the same dang way.

And then they put bathrooms in there are barely big enough to turn around in and put the toilet paper where you can just barley reach it by leaning waaaayyyy back on the toilet.

And then, THEN they fix the paper towel dispenser so it doesn’t actually dispense anything although it looks perfectly fine…full of towels and everything. Really long hallway.

And then there are the long hallways that seem to go on forever and you can’t tell for sure where they go till you get to the other end only to find it it didn’t go where you wanted to go after all and you have to walk ALL THE WAY back down the thing to try to find the place you were looking for before you went down that hallway…

I’m sure you figured out I don’t like hospitals.

My father-in-law is in one right now and we have visited a couple times so far…and gotten lost both going and coming every single time. The people who work there have been great though. Very kind. Several have actually led us to where we needed to go.

I would be grateful if you guys would say a couple of prayers for us and our entire family. That my father-in-law will get better and that we will continue to somehow find our way out of that confusing maze of hallways they call a hospital.

Forgetfullness Is Embarassing

I had to go to the doctors office again on Friday. They require you to check in with the receptionist who always asks a bunch of questions.

They ask all that to make sure your information hasn’t changed. I don’t mind them doing that usually but this time I got up there and she asked me my address and I had no clue.

I was standing there like an idiot trying to remember…where exactly do I live?? I started to give her a number and realized it was wrong…and had to start all over again.

I have forgotten numbers before…such as phone numbers…I have trouble remembering mine but this was the first time I have ever forgotten my address. And of course it has to be right out in public so I couldn’t even pretend it didn’t happen.

I often go into a room and forget why I’m there. I did that again this morning. I have a good excuse for that though…I passed the dryer and seeing it reminded me to put the laundry up…which I did…and totally forgot what I was originally doing. I didn’t even realize it for an hour or so which shows how important that was!

I’m not even 50 yet! It is too early for my memory to go! I still need it.

I’ll have to get one of those engraved bracelets and put my address and phone number on it. And a couple of family members numbers too. That way I can look at the bracelet and maybe no one will even notice.

Have you ever forgot your address?

Two Thousand Dollars For One Tooth?

Two Thousand Dollars For One Tooth?

Wisdom ToothYep you read that right. $2000. For one tooth.

Or close to it anyway. That’s what they told me it would cost to fix the very back wisdom tooth in my lower left jaw.

To do a root canal and put a crown on it.

That tooth is the one that my partial plate hooks to…so if it gets pulled the partial plate has to be replaced.

Or all the teeth could be pulled and just get some dentures.

I don’t yet know for sure what would be the cheapest option. They set me up for a consultation in a couple of days.

That will give them time to look at all the x-rays and figure out how much it would cost for each option. And decide which one they are gonna recommend.

Than I’ll have to decide which way to go. At my age my teeth might not last much longer anyway…and there are only 6 left on the bottom.

So unless it costs an arm and a leg to get a plate…that is probably what I’ll do.

Any of you guys have experience with getting dental plates? Any advice?

Toothaches Are Terrible

Toothaches Are Terrible

Aching Tooth.Really terrible. It is hard to remember how bad teeth can hurt until they actually start hurting.

I have a swollen tooth in my lower jaw. It has been hurting for a few days but yesterday it actually started to swell and now my whole face is hurting.

Makes me feel really sorry for teething babies and their moms. If one tooth can cause all this pain….imagine what it feels like to have a whole mouthful growing in.

I went to the doctor for it today. That and the cough I have had for over a month now. She (nurse practitioner) gave me some anti-biotic pills and told me to get some Mucinex and drink a lot of water.

She said to call the dentist and make an appointment. So I have that to look forward to early Monday morning.

But at least once he has done whatever needs to be done it won’t hurt anymore! I hope.

My dad offered to take care of it with a pair of pliers…but I told him I would rather pay the Dentist. Besides if it is abscessed…then pulling it right now would probably make me really sick.

I did some research online though…for toothache remedies. Lots of folks claim that vanilla extract will help if you put it on the tooth. There were several recommendations of warm salt water too. Since I don’t have any extract I’m going to try the salt water.

I figure it can’t hurt and it might help. Do you know of anything else that might help? I’m already taking over the counter pain medication. It helps a bit…for a while.

Recovering From An Illness

Recovering From An Illness

It gets harder as you get older. Or so it seems to me. I don’t remember ever taking this long to get over being sick before.

Then again maybe I just don’t remember. My memory isn’t what it used to be either!

I think it really is taking longer to get better. It has been over a week now since the really bad part. Most of the coughing is gone and I haven’t had a fever in a week.

But I start getting sleepy after I’ve been up for a bit and it doesn’t take much before I have to sit down and rest.

And my mind seems to tire easy too. I can’t concentrate very long.

It is getting better every day though. I figure at this rate it will be another week or so before I’m back to normal. I hope it won’t be longer than that.

I miss my blog. I miss visiting other blogs and seeing whats going on everywhere else.

On the bright side…daffodils are blooming here already! Spring is coming…soon!
Daffodils.

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The Flu Is No Fun At All

The Flu Is No Fun At All

Yes I have the flu. I don’t want to write. I don’t want to do housework or cook. I don’t want to be bothered. I mainly want to lay in bed and be pampered with lots of juice and covers!

JuiceThat is what you are supposed to do when you have the flu.

Get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids!

Unless the fever gets really high or you have trouble breathing anyway. So far my fever hasn’t gotten that high. I’m hoping it won’t.

The only time I have trouble breathing is when I’m coughing. I don’t think that’s what they mean though.

One problem I do have is that every time I cough I also have a minor leakage on the other end. Told my hubby I might have to send him to the store to get me some diapers…the look on his face was priceless!!

It isn’t really that bad but it could cause problems if I was out and about…so it is a good thing I’m staying home and hiding isn’t it?

What do you do when you are sick? Any tips for getting over it quicker?

An 87th Birthday Party

An 87th Birthday Party

Picture of the word Happy. My father-in-law is celebrating his 87th birthday this weekend.

Some of his kids and their spouses are coming down from Michigan and some are coming up from down south. I’m not sure where…I know I was told but I keep forgetting.

So it is sort of a family reunion as well as a birthday party.

It is a very special one too since he apparently didn’t expect to make it so long. He told us a couple of weeks ago that if he made it to his birthday he would have lived a week longer than his mother did.

He has diabetes but from what I have seen he keeps it well under control and seems to be in great shape. He has a hearing problem but his mind is still all there…or mostly. I have heard that my brother-in-law manages to win a few of the chess games these days so there might be a bit of deterioration.

My hubby says he sister was complaining about coming down sick…and since the flu is still going around…I hope everyone makes its ok.

That goes for you guys too. I hear a few of you are dealing with the flu this past week. Here is hoping that everyone recovers quickly and has a great weekend!

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