Dental Journey PT. 1

 

I promised last week on my dental implant post I would start posting about my journey starting from the beginning.  This post goes into a little detail into my dental history.

I want to start out by saying my teeth were never that great as a kid.  They grew in rather crooked. I had been given tetracycline a few times which I was told much later on could have turned my teeth gray.   My parents took me to an orthodontist when I was about 12 yrs. old.  The orthodontist said I would need braces.  The price he quoted my parents about $1200. Doesn’t sound like much these days but back in the late sixties, early seventies, it was a quite a bit of money. We had no dental insurance at that time. It’s not that my parents didn’t have that kind of money but it was they were a little bit of tight wads and just didn’t want pay that kind money for any kind of dental work. So I didn’t get the braces I needed. They also never made sure I had regular dental check ups etc. and never enforced the rule of making sure I brushed my teeth everyday.

Even though I grew up on a farm and we had the best quality of food around because we grew our vegetables, raised our meat etc.  my Mom would make all these delicious sweet desserts and baked goods that I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of not thinking that down the road, all these sweets and not taking care of my teeth the way they should have been might have repercussions.

As I got older I started to get a little more diligent about brushing, flossing etc. Then when I had my first child, I wasn’t consuming the proper amount of calcium that a pregnant woman should have been consuming so the baby was leeching the excess calcium that was in my body without it being replaced.  Then when I went into labour, I very bad leg cramps and back labour.  That’s when obstetric nurses informed me that the baby while in utero  had taken a lot calcium out my body leaving me lacking in that department. So when I pregnant with my second, I was darned sure I took in plenty of calcium. My husband got me hooked on yogurt.  I wasn’t going to go through that again.

Shortly after I got married and had my first child, I went and visited the dentist in the little town I was living at.  My husband had insurance through his place of employment.   I was 22 at the time.  The dentist filled about a half a dozen cavities, some of which were pretty sizable.  He noticed too at the time my gums were not as firm and pink as they should be. He did no further examination, he just told me to drink more orange juice.

OK, what does having babies have to do with teeth?

We all know that calcium is one of the building blocks for strong healthy teeth and bones. The calcium that would normally go to my teeth to keep them strong weren’t getting what they needed.  It’s safe to say my teeth were never really the same after that. They weren’t as strong as they were before.

Shortly after my second child was born a couple years later, I took a trip back to the dentist.  He noticed my teeth weren’t as strong as the last time he saw me but he didn’t seem too concerned at the time.  He did though notice that my wisdom teeth were started to get a little crowded so he determined that I should have them extracted. So he booked me for two appointments.  He would do one side one appointment and the other side a couple weeks later.  The first time went fine. Everything came off without a hitch.  It was the second time that it was harder.  My dentist inserted the needle to freeze the remaining side.  First extraction that day went fine but  the last one however,didn’t go so fine. The freezing wore off so he tried freezing again waited, didn’t freeze so he tried again, didn’t freeze the second time, still didn’t freeze It was getting close to his lunch time, was in a hurray and wanted to leave so he pulled it anyway freezing or no freezing.  I have never been in so much agony in my life. Not before nor after.  I almost passed out.  I have given birth four times, that was a breeze in comparison even with the leg cramps with the first birth.

Let me tell you, that incident turned my off dentists for years.  For years I stayed as far away from a dentist as I could.  I know now I shouldn’t have waited so long.  There are plenty of dentists around and dentists are not all  created equal as with I found out with my current dentist. All I can say is, he’s fantastic.  With him the patient comes first so it wasn’t that bad getting back into that dental chair.

Next post will detail what finally led me to seek out a dentist once again after so many years.

 

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Dental Implants

I used to have a blog that focused on my dental journey. After a while nothing was happening, I nothing to report so I wasn’t posting anymore.  I love writing so I started this blog on all kinds of issues, right now primarily about politics. I have many interests.

Things are happening again and I thought that it’s about time I should use this blog to share and inform  you all about my dental journey so you hopefully you can learn from my experiences. Everyone at some time or another had to deal with some kind of dental issue.  I will go into more detail later in future posts, hopefully weekly starting from the beginning of my journey, up to what’s going on currently.   Here is a quick summary.

April 2014 is when my dental journey began. I had full extractions done and all on four implant system placed on the bottom arch with secured denture and a regular denture on the top.  All was successful. September 2015, I had six implants placed on the top arch all of which failed.  My dentist had to remove them.

So fast forward to today.  I have decided to try and go for it again.  Last      Wednesday I visited my dentist to see about  seeing if replacing the implants that failed would be feasible.  It went well.  My dentist took a full CT Scan of my mouth and determined that I am a good candidate. They couldn’t give me an estimate, date or any protocol etc. that day because my dentist has just started a new clinic and because I will be having IV sedation, they is not yet set up for that.  I was promised though that I would hear something in the next week or two. So it seems it’s most likely a go which is good news and something I’m looking forward to.  I have a good feeling about this and know this time the new implants will work.  As soon as I have more information I will post an update.

My next  post will start at the very beginning of this process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assisted Suicide Could Save Money

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Global News reports that a new study by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) could save the health care system $34.7 to $138.8 million yearly.

In a study posted Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), researchers found medically assisted death could reduce overall spending by $34.7 to $138.8 million annually.

That’s far above the estimated $1.5 to $14.8 million in costs connected with providing a medically assisted death.

I have a problem with this and I will explain why.  I see this as more about the money rather than alleviating pain and suffering not that I’m ok with pain suffering, I’m not. I hate to see anyone suffer just as much or even more than anyone nor am I not against saving money, I’m very much in favor of savings but there are better ways to cut costs and save money.

I see this as a slippery slope. We are becoming a culture of death.  Today it’s just for those who are terminal and truly suffering and there is no hope. Tomorrow what’s next, the elderly, those with downs syndrome, or anyone who is not a productive citizen of society?  I’m a person of faith and I believe the it’s God who gives life.  It’s up Him to choose when to end it.  We humans are flawed and often make mistakes and even sometimes do things for evil purposes besides there is palliative care where there are treatments and medications to help alleviate a lot of that pain and suffering.

Here we have an example of a young woman who the doctors claimed she was brain dead and in a coma come back to life.

A Reno, Nevada student is celebrating her 21st birthday this January – five months after doctors thought she was brain dead from alcohol poisoning.

Hanna Lottritz, a journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno, shared her story at The Huffington Post to encourage young adults to drink responsibly, but her story also points to the potentially life-threatening dangers of a “brain death” misdiagnosis.

Lottritz collapsed on July 26, 2015, at a music festival in Nevada after agreeing to a drinking competition with a male friend, according to the report. The 20-year-old student, who calls herself competitive, said they played to see who could take the longest chug from a bottle of whiskey. Friends said she collapsed several minutes later, after taking another drink of alcohol.

Not breathing, Lottritz was flown to the hospital by helicopter. When she arrived, her blood alcohol concentration was five times over the legal limit at .41, she said.

“I was in critical condition, suffering from acute respiratory failure and acute alcohol intoxication,” she explained on her blog. “The doctors thought I was brain dead because I was completely unresponsive. My pupils were sluggishly reactive, I had no corneal reflex and I wasn’t responding to verbal or painful stimuli.”

Lottritz later shared a photo of herself sprawled on a bed and unresponsive in the emergency room of the Reno, Nevada hospital. She wrote, “… the ventilator was breathing for me. I was completely unresponsive.”

After 24 hours, Lottritz woke up from her coma. She said that she had to be given a respiratory test twice before the hospital staff would remove the ventilator.

“When I passed the second test and the tube was taken out, the doctors and nurses told me how lucky I was to be alive,” Lottritz wrote in a cautionary piece to other college students about heavy drinking. “They told me that they didn’t think I would make it through the night. They asked me if I was trying to kill myself by drinking so much. This question hit me the hardest.”

She turned 21 on Jan. 7. The student said she planned to have dinner with friends and family – “and maybe a glass of wine.”

Had Lottritz been declared brain dead and her doctors determined to pull the plug on her ventilator, she would not be alive today.

Jahi McMath, a young girl declared brain dead, remains alive more than two years after doctors tried to take her off life support. McMath’s family launched a legal battle against the hospital to keep her alive. LifeNews reported that at least three doctors so far say that the young girl, who remains in a hospital, is not brain dead.

Where there’s life there’s hope!  Please choose life!

 

Depression Do Have A You Have a Choice, The Truth

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Do you have a choice when it comes to depression?  Here’s what I found out.  You do have a choice.  You make up your own mind  to be depressed or not.  You encounter a bad situation. A lot of those are just little things that get to you and allow it to fester until before you know it, it encompasses you.  It’s all you think about. Your whole life is consumed with it until sometimes you can barely function.

Depression can be the root of many illnesses.

Depression contributes to a wide array of physical problems that affect everything from your heart to your immune system.

From my own experience, I have had my bouts with depression before.  It wasn’t until the last bout over a year ago I discovered I had a choice in the matter.  Most depression is about how you react to a certain situation.   The beauty of it is most of the time you don’t need medication, or expensive therapies.  You can turn it around with one simple decision that you’re not going to be depressed anymore.

There  was something I remembered one day when I was out for a walk.  I remembered something that my mother had  always told us kids while we were growing up.  She said, “Life is what you make it.”  Mom was always right. So I was thinking to myself, “do I want really want to be like this, how do I want my life to be like?”  So right then and there I made a decision.  That’s when things then started to turn around for me.  I had tried all kinds of things before short of going to the doctor for some antidepressants and or therapy, nothing was working.  It was in the fall so I tried light therapy, I had read where St. John’s Wort was good for depression so I tried taking that for awhile.  That did not work.  Then it was like a light bulb went off in my head, a eureka moment. What my mother had said years ago that how you make your own life, I did not have to be depressed if I didn’t want to. At first I had to keep reminding myself of that even when I was feeling bad. It wasn’t easy.  The good news is my depression did eventually leave.  Even difficult sometimes, I know now how to deal with those issues that try to bring me down. I don’t allow those negative things to fester in my mind anymore.   I choose instead focus on those things I enjoy and make me happy.

I am a person of faith and even the Bible tells us that we have a choice about how we live our lives.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”  Proverbs 23:7

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”  Deuteronomy 30:19

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  Proverbs 18:21

Paul Joseph Watson  sums up the truth about depression quite nicely in this video:

What are you going to choose?  What’s it going to be?  I would recommend  you choose not to be depressed but rather to be happy, content and healthy.