Archive | September, 2015

Fused roots

7 Sep

Fused root #12

Fused Roots!

Now showing at your local movie theater, it is a film about a tooth whose two roots are fused. Can anything save it?!

Rated PG for Premolar Grimness.

Sigh. Yes, I lost another tooth. Tooth #12 on the dental chart. We XLH-ers specialize in dental problems. I think this is the 16th tooth that I’ve had to have pulled, bridged, crowned or “root canal-ed.” Last year, I lost its match on the other side. That one did not have a periodontal ligament, but from what I remember, it did have the usual two roots.

But this one, #12 premolar, had two roots which were fused into one fat one, which contributed to its instability. Of course, we didn’t know it had fused roots until Dr. Tooth extracted it. Prior to the extraction, we discussed whether it was worth saving, not knowing that it had fused roots, since that didn’t show up in the x-Ray. I finally decided that he should pull it, given the history I had with the same one on the other side. So, he pulled it. It hurt. A lot. But it hurt before he pulled it, too.

The over-riding thought that I had throughout this tooth-pulling ordeal was how lucky I was. Lucky, you might ask?

On Friday morning when I realized that the growing pain I’d had all week in my mouth was coming from one particular tooth, I thought, “How unlucky am I? It’s Friday and I have a dental emergency and they’re closed on Fridays. Not only that, it’s the Friday before Labor Day weekend. I’m going to have a long, rough weekend.”

I called the office, though, because I was concerned. When I pressed the appropriate button for “true dental emergency,” MY dentist, out of the four dentists who work at this practice, answered the phone. MY dentist, Dr. Tooth, was on call for the long weekend! How lucky was THAT! I couldn’t believe how my bad luck had changed with one phone call. All I really wanted was his advice, but after we chatted, we agreed to meet at the office for him to check it out.

When I think of the many medical professionals I’ve entrusted myself to over the years, Dr. Tooth is the one I’ve been the most worried about “losing.” Of course, he deserves to retire one day, and I suppose I could run out of teeth to pull or crown before he retires, at the rate I’m going, but still–the thought of trusting another dentist is nerve-wracking. He is a compassionate man and an excellent dentist. He has a very conservative approach to dentistry and doesn’t try to sell me some product that will whiten, brighten and glamorize my smile. He’s old school. I like old school.

So my movie, “Fused Roots,” starring me, has a happy ending for now. The pain is gone. The source of the pain is gone. And my dentist was there for me.

Stay tuned for the sequel: “Fused Roots II: The Invoice Arrival.” I’m sure it will be a shocker.

Copyright 2015, Banjogrrldiaries and S.G. Hunter

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More of the same

4 Sep

Where have I been? I see that I haven’t blogged in a month. A month! August is one of my busiest months with my work, so I’ve mostly been working, coming home and putting on the heating pads.

I’ve also been knitting. As I mentioned in my post on August 2nd, a book that I co-authored is now published and available. We had some friends who were very supportive during this long writing process. They encouraged us to keep writing and to publish it, not just in the e-reader format but also in paperback so that people who still love the feel of a “real” book would read it. They also enjoyed imagining who would play the characters in a movie of our book! We all agreed that Meryl Streep should be in there somehow so that it would be a blockbuster. Ha! What wonderful friends we have to encourage us to press on.

These same friends also have been supportive and loving with regards to my XLH. I cannot ask for better friends and I hope every XLH-er has the kind of friends that these folks are. I knitted bookmarks for them simply because the process of knitting makes me think about and be thankful for the person for whom I am knitting. I am very grateful as I ponder the love that I have in my life.

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For you knitters, this is a drop stitch scarf pattern that I adapted to make the bookmark. I used size 2 double pointed needles and sock yarn. Crochet yarn also works well. If you want your bookmark to be stiff, try some starch. Ravelry.com has many bookmark patterns but this pattern that I used is simple and can be done while watching TV, but probably not while reading.

As for current news, I’m due for another 24-hour urine collection followed up by blood work. I’ve had a couple of medicine changes this year. I’m dreading it. The last time, it took three needle sticks (2 trips) for the phlebotomist to get it right. And the doctor didn’t get all the test results faxed to him, either. Sometimes I wonder how people, especially elderly people, deal with all the craziness in the medical industry. I sat with Professorgrrl’s mother in the ER one night last week and marveled, shaking my head, that Professorgrrl had to convince them that her mother did NOT need another chest x-ray, since the doctor’s office had just done a chest x-ray one hour prior to arriving at the hospital.

All of you who deal with chronic health issues probably have occasional dread of a medical visit, so I’m sure I’m not alone. You may dread going to the doctor even if you don’t have a chronic issue. It’s sort of like taking your dog to the vet–you know he/she will come back with fleas. I half expect to come back from any doctor’s visit with a cold or virus (but not fleas, thank goodness!) But, I try to remember to be grateful that medical care in this country, even with it’s craziness, is better than the availability of medical care in many other countries.

So that’s what’s going on with me. How about you, blog-reading friends? I hear from some of you occasionally and it always lifts me up to hear from you, especially the XLH-er’s. I think of you often and hope you’re hanging in there!

Copyright 2015, S.G. Hunter