Monday, January 30, 2006

The Root has been Canaled

Well, the root has been canaled. It was as terrible as I thought it would be (painwise) - but of course right now I am still numb. We shall see how it is in a few hours. I remember the wisdom teeth - I was in pain, but that night - thought I was going to die! I had gotten dry sockets in both of the teeth.

It was a very traumatic experience. They drill out your tooth and then stick a ton of little files up there to file it down. In addition, they clean it with Chloron - which is really food grade BLEACH! That got in my mouth and was NASTY. The sounds and smells were the worst part. I have a temp filling, so nothing hard or crunchy until I get the overlay done at my dentist. I can't even get fitted for another week, and it usually takes a few weeks for the piece to come in. I had to have a crown about 6 years back, since I broke a tooth. I had to walk around with a Chiclet looking thing in the back of my mouth for a few weeks. The overlay should be on the back and bite surface - so from the front - you will see my natural tooth. I am very vain - I hope that is the last root canal I will have to endure. The endo

Friday, January 27, 2006


Well, I wish I had never noticed that little hole in my tooth, as it turns out – I will need a root canal. There is a chip and a cavity too close to the pulp.

This is extremely upsetting to me – first there is the expected pain of the procedure, but even more important is the idea that I am “losing” a tooth. I will get some pain relief and I believe that I can have codeine or vicodin afterwards. I have my GTT next week as well – pain will raise your sugar levels – so I am very concerned about this. I have been holding them down pretty well, but you can’t combat pain. I think I scared the dentist – I was crying so hard. He sent me to a specialist- hoping they can better manage my fear of the pain since it is what they do all day. I was very adamant about not getting a crown and looks like I can get an overlay – which retains more of the natural tooth. Who knows with my teeth – the root canal/overlay may actually be stronger than my natural teeth. I have weak teeth- but suffer from bruxism (I clench at night) and have a very strong bite. It wears down your teeth much faster than it should.

I HATE THE DENTIST. I have extremely sensitive teeth and even have to gas for a cleaning. It’s psychically and emotionally painful for me. About 6 yrs ago, I broke a tooth – it just broke – it had to be crowned. I cried the entire time- I was not even in pain – the thought of my tooth being ground down (even though a lot had just broken off) and the sound of the drill were too much for me. In feb/mar of 1998, I had my lower wisdom teeth removed w/o being put under. The oral surgeon thought they would just come out- WELL THEY DIDN’T! In fact, they broke and had to be sawed into pieces. She then had to pull the pieces out with tweezers. I got dry sockets in both and was miserable for weeks. I have more dental horror stories. I had about 6 teeth pulled aside from my wisdom teeth; my mouth is just too small. I wore back brackets on my teeth for years (even before my braces came on) to stretch my mouth – which is a main reason for some the problems I have today – You can’t brush well enough around brackets that nearly cover your whole teeth. I have straight teeth though – thanks to braces – let’s hope I can hold onto these teeth.

This #4 -2nd Bicuspid (2nd premolar) issue crept up on me – I am usually much more diligent about catching little things I think might even remotely be a cavity. I have weak teeth and it seems no matter what I do – I still get cavities. This has always been the case. My mother ended up with abscessed teeth after carrying me – so at the ripe old age of 23 – she had a top dental plate. These has been a fear my whole life – to be toothless or have to wear dentures. I have/had nightmares where my teeth fall out or they just crumble.

Those who have great teeth – please take care of them! I am going to re-dedicate myself to yearly exams. I am not sure I can handle it every 6 months – that is too traumatic for me. I am armed with my GelKam, Listerine and a Soni-care….sigh.

The only shining light next week is that we have a 4-D US at the baby picture place. Yes, we are spending the dough to get in-utero pics of the baby. This is a non-medical need -its just something DINKS do I think.....

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

New Boss

Well, looks like my team is getting a new boss. My current boss is great, but he is being moved on to bigger and better things. One good thing is the new boss will be in VA, and I will be in MD. I am sure he is not really interested in what we do - so I hope he won't dissolve our group.

I just need to get through and come back from maternity leave - then I will be more at ease and able to look for a new position if the need arises. Right now, I have several projects that are going to require me through August - so that's good. One will take me through end of year!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

25/26 Week Check-Up with the Doctor

Well, I had a doctor’s appointment today. So far everything looks good. My blood pressure was fine and he is measuring right on. His heartbeat was 150. The doctor also said if I chose a C section, he was OK with that. We would talk about the risks, but he was fine performing one. I gained 2.5 lbs over the last 5 weeks – since it was Christmas and I ate what I wanted – that’s not too bad. Since I had recently lost 5.5, I am still at a loss so far!

I have the Glucose test in 3 weeks, which worries me since the PCOS already puts me in a higher risk bracket. There is not much I can do, except watch what I eat and exercise over the next few weeks. They would try a diet first, but since I already eat low-carb- most likely it would mean insulin. I am praying not to have to go through that!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Drum Roll - The Nursery Furniture Revealed!

For those who know me – you know I am a cheapskate. Sure I love to shop and do buy designer items – but I also drive a Ford Focus – so that tells you about my frugality. I prefer to spend a little more though for quality. MIL and I searched for the perfect crib and furniture..I think we have a winner! They are top rated on the Baby Bargains and its pretty nice set. Now, I have to see if it will fit into our tiny room since I want to leave my daybed in there!