Showing posts with label dentist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dentist. Show all posts

Friday, August 28, 2015

An Eventful Week!

Wow, has this ever been a crazy week!  It actually started off with a super busy week of working on these lovely quilts so I could get them off by my deadline.  Three identical quilts that will be awarded to some lovely volunteers.



Then I got to spend a weekend at a dear friend's new vacation house!  We had some great girl time, and it was just the ticket after a busy week of sewing.  Yep, that's me with my mouth wide open :)


On Monday I had a dental appointment, I was actually looking forward to the appointment because I had lost the temporary filling in my tooth and it was driving me crazy because it would catch every morsel of food I put in my mouth.  The appointment started out very well - I didn't have to wait in the waiting room at all, zipped right into the dental chair, shots given, and the impression started.  Then my left eye started feeling odd.  I realized that I could not blink my eye and the side of my face felt numb.  I felt like this might be important, so I brought it to the attention of the assistant.  She said that we better get the Dr. to come in and check out the situation.  He sat on his little stool and looked at my face as I tried to blink my eye and said that he thought we need to call the EMT's to come as he thought I may be having a stroke!

WHAT!!!

He left the room, the assistant started checking my blood pressure (they had checked it as I came in a few minutes earlier and it was great) and I asked for my cell phone so I could call my husband to come back to the office.  My heart was pounding, and I was so disconcerted tgat I was having trouble trying to figure out what I needed to do to contact my husband - all the while thinking that this could not be happening.  About the time I was ready to hand my cell phone over to have someone else call, the dentist came back in the room and said not to worry - it was just the anesthetic had affected the facial nerve!  He had not been informed that I had already received the anesthetic - the shot had apparently been placed too high and numbed the side of my face!  This is actually not a very common thing to happen (of course).  Just as he predicted, it disappeared after a couple of hours.  I had my procedures done, including an additional injection to take care of numbing the jaw more so they could do the filling.  Now I am not too sure of how I'll handle the next visit when they will place the permanent crown - I do suffer from a slight dental anxiety already and I don't think this will make it any better, but I'll get through it.

The rest of the week has been busy - working to finish some custom drapes, then Naomi came home for a visit and arrived Wednesday. I had to work a bit later than normal, but we've had a great time with her for the last couple of days!  On Thursday the FedEx guy brought me an exciting box of goodies!  My second Island Batik Ambassador box is here!  Oh, boy, am I ever loving these colors and I already have a plan for what I want to do with these...I can't show you all of it yet, but here is a sneak peek:

Fun time with family coming up this weekend, then back to work on Monday - wedding gowns are piling up like crazy, but I will get them done so I can get back to quilting soon!  I certainly hope next week is a lot more peaceful that this week has been.

Don't forget the Summer in the Country Blog hop is still going on!  Here is the list:



  8/17 – Island Batik
8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
9/4 – Made In Scraps
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

Friday, May 22, 2015

Update on May goals - Tooth woes

I set out to write this post earlier in the week, but it's been a challenging week for me.  I finally was able to get the tooth that has been bothering me checked out and it seems that this one is cracked as well.  If it is not all the way into the pulp it can be saved, but that entails a root canal, build up and crown ($2300)!  If not, then it needs to be extracted and close to double that for an implant.  So, I was feeling very discouraged for a bit.  I don't like dental work much, and I like the bills even less, but what can you do?  It needs to be done, so I will just settle in and let it roll over me as it comes.  I go in on Tuesday to see the endodontist, so good thoughts for saving this tooth, please!

Actually this tooth has an interesting history - it's been 25 years since the original large filling that replaces one of the cusps was done.  I will never forget the day that I broke it!  Back then we did not have direct deposit, so on payday I would meet my husband out on his mail route, pick up his check and take it to the bank.  Being young and with 4 daughters we definitely were living paycheck to paycheck so the gas tank in the van I drove was on the E, but the bank and the gas station were both close by, so I thought I could make it.  Unfortunately after I got the check from my husband the van would not start.  Since we weren't far from the post office, he told me to just go get his car and take it to cash the check.  So Tracy (#4 who was four at the time) and I walked over to the Post office to get the car.  We drove about half a mile when it sputtered to a stop - also out of gas!

I walked over to the bank (just a few blocks away), deposited the check, then called AAA to take care of our cars.  After the tow truck came and gassed up the car, I drove it to where the van was and waited for him to come get it taken care of.  While I was waiting I popped a stick of gum in my mouth and after a couple of chews, my tooth breaks!  When I spit out the fragment in disbelief I started laughing.  The tow truck driver pulled up right then, and I'm sure he thought I was a little insane because I could not stop laughing at the absurdity of this entire day.  I drove right over to the dentists office which was just down the street, and he put a temporary filling on it.

The rest of the story happened on the day he put the permanent filling on.  At that point he said I was on the border of needing a root canal and we would see how the filling held up. (Obviously it did well since it lasted this long) My sister was coming in for a visit with her two daughters that day so I was excited about that and ended up totally forgetting that I was supposed to pick up my nephew at the bus barn for my SIL.  (He was around 10 at the time)  I didn't even realize it until she came by to pick him up.  Poor kid, he was stranded there for two hours - though I can't figure out why no one called to check on me.  I still feel horrible about that!  Hopefully there won't be as much drama with the next chapter in this tooth's tale!

Anyway - about that list for this month...

1)  Finish Quiltsy Block of the Month 2012 top - not touched
2)  Finish Star Shuffle - just need to finish quilting the borders and bind!
3)  Finish Quilting Blue and White Stars  Done!
4)  Baste and Quilt the top I finished in March.  Thread arrived yesterday and this is looking like a finish!
5)  Complete Shop Sample  I ran into some problems with the pattern, but this should be done as well.
6)  Finish piecing Joy Quilt - Added the skinny rainbow border.  Lots more to do, but I am making progress.

This was a very ambitious list for the month and I am pleased with my progress.  I don't know that I'll make it all the way through, but it will keep me motiviated through the next week, whatever happens with my dental appointment.  Quilting is good therapy for whatever ails you, right?