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Your teeth can kill you.....

Sunday, May 11, 2014

As my friends know...I have had more than my share of dental work these last 2 years and 4 and 1/2 months. It has been a very long haul and one that I never thought would end. Each time I thought I would be done...I wasn't. What could go wrong...did go wrong. Now....this Wednesday.....I shall TRULY be done. I am NOT afraid to say that.....for it is FINALLY TRUE.

It had to be done. When it first started.....it was indeed serious. We had to work on the infections first......and they were not to be taken lightly. I almost died. I remember thinking...who cares? I may as well be dead with this cost. My choice was being homeless with teeth or dead and sparing my husband. I was twisted in my thinking.

My dentist is wonderful. They helped me get insurance to defer part of the cost. They also let us barter for services rendered. We do all their dry cleaning. If we couldn't have gone that route...not sure what we would have done.

Pain does a number on you mentally.....I know that...I see that....I have experienced that.

What happened to me is uncommon.......HOWEVER....what happened to me will be more common place for future generations of people.

I was yes....born 2 months early.....that had a bearing. I also hated milk...much to my mother's dismay. I almost didn't make it as a baby. THAT and add all the preservatives in our foods....sugars...etc.....I didn't have a chance. Today's youth.....will have my present in their future....unless they change their ways and become educated in our FOOD processing.

My road of health has been mixed these last few years. Part of that bumpy path was ME...and the other part was my teeth....my pain....and what I could and could not eat. That road is finally PAVED. Now it is UP to me to DRIVE STRAIGHT.

I feel like the weight (no pun intended) has been lifted.

I TRULY know and UNDERSTAND.......and EMBRACE what I have to do.

There are SO many foods that I can no longer have. Density is an issue. RAW hard foods.,..either have to be baked....roasted.....to be softened. Carrots.....nuts...are a given....HOWEVER.....apples are as well. Imagine NOT being able to BITE into an apple!

This is my world now.


and...I am actually alright with that. Baked apples are actually WONDERFUL! The aroma alone......makes my mouth water!

Sticky foods.....OUT.......

What is IN?

My attitude. It has returned........

I have LEARNED so much over these years....thru my weight watcher meetings....the dentist...my doctor...and nutritionist. ( My dentist set me up with a nutritionist to help me with this new way of eating. )

I now eat VERY slowly.......something that has been STRESSED at my weight watcher meetings. Actually...I really don't have a choice anymore.....and...I am actually glad that is FACT. I DO enjoy my food now. The first few bites......are the best....the last few...can never OUT WEIGH the FIRST. My eating is now MINDFUL.

I am not afraid of food anymore....or have that woe is me attitude. It was a long haul to get there.

I now need to be more CONSISTENT.....and KNOW I can....for I am GRATEFUL NOW.

Fitness may return. It has been a hit and miss these last few years. I know that sounds insane...but.....some days..it was so painful to even walk...PAIN would shoot up my face with even walking. That pain is now GONE.

I never thought that day would get here.......the day my teeth were done.

I never thought I would get there with healthy living ....food/fitness.

Time.....my .....meetings at weight watchers......my teeth.....

have gotten me here.

The price that I have paid.....is .......paid. Now ...the time to be consistent.......is here.

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  • GRLTAZ
    Clapping ! Wonderful news and I know you will increase your body movements now that the pain is subsiding. Very informative blog. Thanks Mary !
    2450 days ago
  • SHANTODD420
    Yea I am glad there is an end in sight for your mouth and all the pain it has caused you. I am so glad you are going to be done. I am sure you are glad to be done. Keep on trucking Mary and the exercise will come in time again. Take care and hugs to you.
    2451 days ago
  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    Oh!! I cannot be happier for you right now! What an excellent dentist to work it all out with you for payment! What a wonderful dentist to set you up with a nutritionist to help you learn to eat with your mouth going thru all those changes! I am most happy that you are pain free and this will soon be a thing in your past! A painful, but strong teaching lesson for you. I've had tooth pain and I've had eye pain and both are horrible. You are one tough cookie to make it thru all of that and still work and do what exercise you were able. Hold that head and mouth up high and be proud of your stamina and the battle won! Hurray, Hurray! Congratulations!
    2451 days ago
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  • SUSANELAINE1956
    I'm glad you are just abut through with it. What a tough road you have been down, but you have come out of it so much healthier and happier. emoticon
    2452 days ago
  • HEARTOFCHRIST
    I'm so glad this is almost over for you AND you learned healthy eating to booot! woo hoo!
    2452 days ago
  • NITTINNANA
    Way to go, Mary!
    2452 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    Dental work is painful to me even having my teeth cleaned. I cannot imagine going through your issues. You are a strong lady.
    2452 days ago
  • FUN2READ
    I am truly sorry that you had to go through so much(pain) with your teeth!

    I am very glad that it has all finally come to an end and you can continue on with your new way of eating healthy.

    We all have adjustments to make and you will find your way. Was really good of your dentist to set you up with a nutritionist to help you with what you can/cannot eat.

    Be healthy!!!!
    2452 days ago
  • MALAMI518
    I am glad that you are finally DONE! You are doing a great job of embracing the changes that you need to make and not feeling sorry for yourself. Go well into your new life and make it a wonderful one!
    2452 days ago
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