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The Boys are Back in Town!

I had not assigned a gender to my teeth prior to this post. For all I know, they are girly teeth–but the point is I got my new long-term temporary obturator today, and it includes facsimiles of my dearly departed molars. I’m sure it’ll take some time getting used to having teeth up there after so many weeks without them.  It will take time for the whole apparatus to feel like it belongs there. The body doesn’t always make friends with the new kids right away, but my doc made many adjustments to my new BFFs so  they would feel as close to normal as possible. The best guess is that I’ll get the final version in about six months when everything should be healed.

This is happy news on a couple of fronts: it will certainly mean more food options (including cheesecake), and will perhaps stop the biggest problem I’ve had with liquids. My five year-old grandson thought it was a pretty neat trick when I demonstrated my version of a spit take, but I’d be happy if I never had to deal with that embarrassing side effect again. Time will tell, but I’m hopeful for now.

I’m so glad to be one step closer to being healed. And as soon as alcohol doesn’t sting like the dickens, I’ll drink a toast to the boys.

As the song says:

“That jukebox in the corner blasting out my favorite song
The nights are getting warmer, it won’t be long
It won’t be long till summer comes
Now that the boys are here again

The boys are back in town”


And one more: a tune by Louis Armstrong and Irving Fields, featuring Dr. Teeth (who else?) and something good to eat.

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One Fine Day

I don’t want to forget that this happened, finally. One fine day this week, I woke up and didn’t feel different, didn’t hurt anywhere, didn’t think about the strange new arrangement inside my mouth. I just woke up, opened my eyes, and thought about what I wanted to get done that day. It was theContinue Reading

Numb and Number: Or, Healing is Not for Sissies

It’s now been five weeks since my surgery. Although I look almost normal, with some visible swelling on the right side of my face, I still feel as though I am wearing one of these: I can tell the numbness is going away by the sometimes tingly, sometimes sharp messages I’m getting from the nervesContinue Reading

Healing Update: In Which we observe Changes That Have Occurred in the two-plus weeks after surgery

Some things are the same, and a few have changed, slightly. Same: numbness, sensitivity, eating/swallowing related challenges, and getting used to the obturator. I have been getting better at taking it out for cleaning and putting it back in, and was reminded of the story about Eeyore’s unhappy birthday. No one can throw a pityContinue Reading

An Update on the Fiendish Thingy

As  friends and family are aware, I had surgery one week ago today to remove a benign tumor from my upper jaw. I’ve written about this tumor before, a couple of times. It may be too much information, but here is a health update on the ameloblastoma that I refer to as “the fiendish thingy.”(AndContinue Reading