Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Happy Groundhog Day everybody! For sure, the critters didn't see their shadows today so I'm expecting them to live up to their promise of an early Spring. Meanwhile, it is certainly not Spring outside today... snow, snow and more snow. I don't know where we are going to put it all. The city streets have banks of snow so high that it is difficult to drive as you have to poke the nose of the car out to see what is coming. I must admit I do not like winter driving.
Well, my tooth has not gotten any better. In fact, it's a bit more achy. So, I called the dental office and my dentist is going to do what is called a pulpotomy on it tomorrow at 1:30 pm. This takes about 45 minutes to an hour and is totally painless. After there will be no more tooth pain as this procedure takes out the nerve of the tooth. He will put in a temporary filling until I get to see the endodontist in 3-4 weeks when he can finish the "root canal". At least half of the root canal will be done tomorrow and the pain will be gone. Yippee! Many dentists don't do complete root canals as that is the specialty of the endodontist. But they do pulpotomies to relieve tooth pain until the patient can see the "endo". I have seen this "endo" before and he is absolutely great. This is a front tooth and has only one root unlike a molar which can have 3-4 or more, so it's a snap to work on.
It is so hard to concentrate with tooth pain and mine seems to go all over my head. I think they call that referred pain. And I haven't been eating or drinking much so my SparkPeople plan has been out the window since last Wednesday when I had the filling replaced in that tooth. I know I have lost weight as my pants feel looser and my belt buckle has moved in a notch. LOL. But, I don't want to lose weight this way. I don't even feel like exercising right now, to be honest.
Anyway, I just thought I would take a few minutes to say HI and to give a quick update. I don't want to ramble on. I'll let you know how everything goes tomorrow. I'm hoping I can get the car out, but if not I guess I can rob a bank vault and call a cab.
46 Days 'Til Spring
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I had an interesting day yesterday. In my previous blog I mentioned that I had a family doctor appointment at 2 pm and a dental checkup on my tooth at 4 pm. Well, I went to my doctor's office for my 2 pm and at 3:30 pm he was still seeing his morning patients and the waiting room was full. So I had to reschedule and now can't get in until March 9th. I don't understand why he books so many patients.
I did get my tooth checked out after that. I had an x-ray done and there is no infection or inflammation. It is still sensitive to cold but not hot. And it aches at times but not all the time. The dentist said that probably part of the nerve was exposed when he did the filling last Wednesday and that it would take time to recover. But he said I was "in the middle" and that the nerve of the tooth could either recover or not recover. He put on a desensitizing fluoride on the tooth. So, I am to keep watch on it over the next day or two. It's still achy today though, but we'll see.
Meanwhile, I'm having a nice cup of hot chocolate (Lite, haha) as the heat doesn't hurt my toothie. We are expecting a snowstorm later today and then a break and more snow tomorrow. Ahhh, it will be nice to see the spring. The temperature here at noon is about 5F... brrrrr. It seems that this winter we have snow every second or third day.
I guess that's about it for now. I'll keep you updated on "the saga of my tooth".
And, it's February 1st....
Enjoy your day, my friends!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I was just thinking that Spring is approaching (although you wouldn't know it here) and that Groundhog Day is next week. I can hardly believe it. This winter seems to be a long one for many people. Snow, snow and more snow and bitter cold temperatures have hit the U.S., Canada and Europe hard. Where I live, this winter's snowfall is sure making up for the past two winters when we had it pretty good.
The cold days, the short days, the snow and ice all make for depressing times for a lot of us. Here are five quick ways to kind of "shake it off" and get out of those winter doldrums:
1. Take a walk. Or do any type of exercise really. Exercise releases endorphins and and tends to make us happier and calmer.
2. Take a breath. Practice some breathing exercises. Breathing properly helps in two ways: it gets more oxygen into the body and it tends to relax muscles and both of these help reduce stress.
3. Take a mental break. Our minds tend to race so fast. We think and overthink. If we can just set aside a few minutes and perhaps use some mental imagery or guided visualizations or even meditation, ahhh... now that is relaxing and stress reducing.
4. Reframe your situation. Perhaps we can put a stressful situation into a different perspective, come at it from another direction. As Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it, "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change". Profound!
5. Try progressive muscle relaxation. This is where you tense and release all your muscle groups, leaving your body so much more relaxed afterward.
In the good old days when we were kids, there were many things we did to reduce stress and sometimes we have forgotten about them. Here are 10 stress relievers from our "Inner Child":
- Have a nap
- Getting a hug from a loved one
- Playing with a pet
- Playing games
- Drawing, painting, sculpting
- Writing notes
- Playing team sports
- Imagining the future
Sometimes it is good for us to try and contact that "Inner Child" and perhaps have a heart-to-heart talk with him/her. This child may have something important to tell us. I would imagine the main point of the talk from the child would be to "slow down". And as this music video by Natasha Beddingfield says:
Wake up smell the roses
Life is happening and you don't know it
Wake up, take a moment
Grab it in your hands... and own it
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