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Good Stuff! . . . After a Tough Start to My Day

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I was heading to the grocery store with DH, chewing away on a piece of cinnamon gum and . . . . yikes!! broke a tooth, upper left molar. It was a sharp fracture, sensitive, and felt pretty wobbly as if more was going to fracture. I'm of the era when all childhood dental work was done with a foot powered drill and no anaesthetic, so dental emergencies put me into a total swither of anxiety.

DH took charge. He called the hospital on his cell phone: no dental emergency clinic. He called my dentist, knowing that they would not be working on a Saturday -- but there was a back up dentist on call. He called that answering service. We got a call back in about 20 minutes, telling me to come right in within 15 minutes. The waiting room was full, but the dentist (who of course did not know me at all) took me right away. In less than an hour, using state-of-the-art equipment with digital xrays to identify the problem and a series of in-mouth photos and some kind of heat cured plastic materials: all good. Lots and lots of freezing. Speed, dexterity. Old filling removed, new crown installed (what a beautiful job); gentleness, kindness, nobody laughing at my idiot panic either. Truly outrageous comedy playing on a TV over my head which provided so pretty effective distraction, actually. Good thing I'm not easily shocked! Except by the fees: about a third of what I was mentally calculating, that's all.

And we were back at the grocery store where our stuff had been kept chilled for us, picking up coffee and a bunch of white roses for me!! They do smell wonderful.

All of which inspired me to clean out closets while DH watched the Masters. I filled 12 garbage bags with neatly folded suits, pants, skirts, tops, sweaters: and two bags with shoes. Tomorrow I'll take them to the thrift store. They're good stuff, just not right for me anymore . . . too large, or too scratchy or whatever. (Much of it gifts from girlfriends out of their closets, actually.)

All of which made room for a new pair of shoes: flowered, for spring!!
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  • CANNIE50
    First things first, gorgeous shoes! emoticon I love that your wonderful husband took charge and took care of you in your hour of need. I totally relate to "dental anxiety" - a combination of painful procedures, dire predictions of future dental problems, and enormous bills combine to make me anxious about the dentist! I am glad your story has a happy ending!
    1763 days ago
    Excellent ending!
    Love the shoes!
    1773 days ago
    That dentist sounds like a keeper - as are those shoes! Thanks for the lovely welcome back... It lays helped to know you were out there thinking of me :)
    1773 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Going to the dentist back in the day was NOT fun! Much better now but you still get a little panicky when you know you need real work done. Glad it all went well and enjoy those roses.
    1773 days ago
    Always good to hear stories of the expedient Canadian healthcare system! :-)

    1773 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Sorry about the tooth!

    Those shoes are really cute!
    1774 days ago
    I love a story with a happy ending!
    1774 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I come from this same era of dentistry so I can totally relate. I'm so glad it all worked out so smoothly for you, and that DH was there to take control and keep things moving. I LOVE the shoes! And good job with the closet cleaning! Wahoooo!
    1774 days ago
    Great story, great ending, great shoes! Thanks for sharing :)
    1774 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You are so right sometimes our fears get the better of us and it is best just to face them and deal with it.

    Love the perky pumps.

    1774 days ago
    Shoes are SO CUTE! You are such a Fashionista!

    So glad your tooth story had such a happy ending. Was this a permanent or temporary fix? Whichever, I am glad you were so pleased with the outcome.

    1774 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I love those shoes. They are perfect for spring and will be such fun to wear. I am glad you got immediate help for your tooth with an excellent dentist.

    1774 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Impressed with the dental story. Very springy pumps.
    1774 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! Sorry about your tooth, but that has to be about the best dental experience I have ever heard of! Someone on call for the weekend? A great office, work done right away? A Tv for distracting?? Didn't break your bank?? Amazing! Never get that here, got to wait in pain until an opening during regular working hours as my poor step dad has experienced many a time :P I dreaded dental work too, but not because it was archaic, but because that lousy drill seemed to vibrate right down to my toes and up and down my spine brr. So glad my teeth have not been a major problem. But I imagine as I grow older, it will be coming -have had my first crown so far.
    Way to go on your spring cleaning!! I need some of that lol, looking at all the coat hangers and realizing how much stuff was packed into my closet.
    Rocking shoes!!!
    Hope you have a great Sunday!!
    1774 days ago
    Ohhhhhhh....the shoes! The shoes! Dreamy. That's all I can say. Ecstatic sigh.
    1774 days ago
    Sorry for your dental emergency and the swither it - understandably - put you in, but so glad you got it taken care of so swiftly and well. My own experience is that the dentist always charges three times what I thought it was going to be! Glad your experience was otherwise.

    So good of you to donate your clothing. Shopping really is fun. Just look at those shoes! I don't think it would be possible to have a less than stellar day wearing those!! What fun! I just love them. Thanks so much for sharing!!
    1774 days ago
    Speaking of subversive, those shoes shout it out! Glad your tooth emergency was taken care of so promptly, and for that matter, within budget.
    1774 days ago
    What a day! I'm glad you are okay and felt good enough to clean out a closet.

    Look at the shoes! Love them!
    1774 days ago
    What a tramatic start to the day! I'm glad everything came together so well for you. Great job with the closets and shoes! After I have dental work, I want to sit and read a book until the novocaine wears off and I'm feeling less fragile.

    I love that height of heel. So many of the heels here are 4-5" high right now. I'd break an ankle!
    1774 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    What fabulously quick thinking and quick action on your behalf today with an outcome that was as good as one could ever expect considering your starting point. To end it all with white roses and clean closets, well, it just turned out to be a banner day, didn't it? Just goes to show you that you never know...

    1774 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your tooth. Great shoes, so cute!
    1774 days ago
  • DALID414
    I would have freaked out over the tooth ordeal, too! Which teminds me... I'm overdue for my cleaning, sigh.
    I love Spring shoes!
    1774 days ago
    OMG I love the shoes!!!!

    And OW to the tooth fracture - glad it all worked out so well, though!!!!!
    1774 days ago
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