Friday, August 4, 2017

Root Canal on Thursday

Today, I had a root canal done and made a complete fool of myself crying at the dentist's after it was over!  I don't even know why I cried.  I have had root canals done, before, and this one didn't hurt all that much, either.  But, there I was, crying!  I think it was because the dentist said that the root canal will preserve the tooth for another 20 years and I wondered if I'd be alive that long.  I have a follow-up appointment in two weeks to complete the root canal.  Hopefully, I'll be a little more composed at that appointment!

Anyway, the dentist prescribed an antibiotic and pain medication (prescription strength ibuprofen), so I went directly to the pharmacy to get them filled.  Wonder of wonders, they filled them after only a short wait, without any drama!  I was told it would be a 30 minute wait.  I sat in a chair just outside the door the employees use to go into the pharmacy area (same area where I sat that previous occasion when the 30 minutes wait stretched to a couple of hours!).  One of the pharmacy workers who was returning from her break saw me waiting there and  asked if I was waiting for a prescription.  I said, "Yes" and that it was a new prescription (in case she thought it was a refill and went to look for it in the refills area).  About 5 minutes later, she opened the door and told me the prescription was ready!    I had barely opened the magazine I had taken off the shelves to look through while I waited!

I had just come home when my half-sister called with the news that the younger of our two surviving brothers had suffered a stroke.  He's in hospital, recovering, but they don't know the extent of damage.  I will be calling his wife, tomorrow, to get an update.

One never knows what each day holds, or what's in store for us, tomorrow, does one?

Today, I am grateful for:
- Time off from work to attend to my various medical appointments
- Getting the much neglected dental work done
- My half-brother is recovering from the stroke
- Phone calls from aunt and cousin, emails from friends
- Being alive

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?


20 comments:

  1. Best wishes to recovery for your brother, Bless. Does he and his family live near you or are they still in Sri Lanka?

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    1. Thank you, Nathalie. He and his wife live in Washington state.

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  2. You have been under a lot of stress for so long, it needs an outlet. And crying is good for that wherever it may be.

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    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, I suppose it was that. Or, perhaps the price I had to pay, because my insurance didn't cover the whole procedure! :D

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  3. I have a friend who answers the same answer every time he is asked how he is doing."Today's great! I woke up above ground"

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    1. Oh, Anne, I am going to have to borrow your friend's saying! Actually, every morning, I do say a prayer of gratitude at the altar for keeping me safe through the night and enabling me to wake up in the morning! :)

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  4. Bless, I so understand the out break of crying at the dentist office. When we have pent up frustrations/worries/ etc... Then, the sound of any type of kindness makes the emotions overflow.. Proud your ok.. and understand your concerns.. Hugs and prayers my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. They were very kind at the dentist's office - the receptionist led me to a chair and offered me a glass of water, etc. I think it was a combination of relief and just feeling overwhelmed, I guess. :)

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  5. ps .. Will add your brother to my prayer list..

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  6. Ha, I agree that the thought of the bill for a root canal might be enough to set one off crying! Glad they looked after you well, and that you got that treatment done with. What a change to get a prescription filled so quickly.

    I pray that your brother will make a good recovery.

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    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I spoke with my sister-in-law today; they still don't know the extent of the damage, but I told her I'm keeping them both in my prayers. Yes, I was glad to get the prescription without any drama, as the anesthesia was wearing off and I wanted to take the ibuprofen before the pain became too bad.

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  7. I'm sorry to hear about your brother -- I hope that his injuries are minimal.

    I don't think you made a fool of yourself! But I do know how an emotional outburst that catches you off guard can be unsettling. As others have mentioned -- you have had so much stress, lately! I'm glad there were kind people to help you when that happened.

    Also I'm glad the pharmacy had their act together today!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. I felt rather embarrassed for crying, but I guess it was a stress release. Yes, it was wonderful to have the pharmacy fill the prescription without a fuss! Almost unheard of, isn't it?

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  8. I do hope your brother will be OK Bless.
    And I hope you're alright now following your trip to the dentist. I imagine it was an outpouring of your recent stress and worry on top of the actual treatment.
    Much love. You are always in my thoughts. X

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    1. Thank you, Jules. I'm feeling OK, today, thank you. Hope all is well with you, too.

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  9. (((((((HUGS)))))). Praying for you and for your brother. Where in Washington state does he live?

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. He's in Spokane.

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  10. If you're anything like me the crying was just a release after being so wound up and anxious. I'm glad it went well. I hate the dentist!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. I'm OK with dentists (my step-father was one!), but the root canal was the last straw, I suppose. Hope you are having a wonderful time.

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