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Old 05-30-2012, 08:16 PM   #10441
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #10442
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My dentist recommended fixing a cracked something or other 13 years ago, but I said I'd wait. I've had no problems.
My teeth and I have a deal - they don't bother me and I don't bother them (but I do have routine checkups and cleanings). Has worked well so far.
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A little while ago, I think I swallowed a bug.
You would think you'd notice something like that.

The best remedy for that situation is to sterilize your digestive system with sanitizing ethanol. At least until you don't feel anything trying to crawl back up your esophagus...

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I have been a recipient of a very international dental care ( dentist in Himalayas anyone? plus US, UK, France & Poland) and the standards and procedures vary.
For example in UK & Poland (at least a while ago), root canal would not be done in one sitting, they would kill the nerve over few weeks period and than remove it. Also, the root canal tooth would not always get a crown (almost 100% in US).
US dentists for 15 years now were pointing that I need to have one of my root canals re-done, to which I tell them that it lasted 25 years so far and if it starts to bother me I'll have it extracted (it's one of the molars)

Do these teeth bother you?
Did the dentist detected infection inside the tooth?

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who is definitely not a dentist
No, none of my teeth bother me at all. When my DH stopped working, we went did not elect to keep the dental insurance. I decided to switch to our dental school because of cheaper rates, supposedly. They also told me that I have periodontitis and need to have 2 lower teeth extracted and a permanent bridge. Again, I go to the dentist every 6 months and no other dentist has ever suggested that I need to have a deep cleaning done, which is another thing they are wanting to do.

As far as a second opinion, how do you know who to believe? It does make you wonder how so much could be so wrong. I do know that I do not want to ever have to wear false teeth. I remember relatives having them and I want no part of that.

DH went to the dental school and he said that his amount would be around $30,000. He told them that he did not think that he had $30,000 worth of life left in him and they had better come up with a new plan. They have already started doing his deep cleanings, but we don't know what the new plan will be. I asked him what they wanted to do to him for $30000 and he said they mentioned implants, but he really did not know what all they were planning. None of his teeth bother him either and he also goes to the dentist every 6 months.

I really don't know what to do.
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A thread on boomers moving to walkable urban neighborhoods prompted me to post yesterday's activity. Last night DW and I went to a good play at a black box theater in an adjoining neighborhood about a mile and a half from where we live. That area used to be downright scary but is now a trendy, young restaurant, bar, and theater scene if still a bit edgy. We grabbed bike shares a block from our house and dropped them off at a bike station a block from the theater. Great show, fun evening.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #10449
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This morning I awakened to sensationally beautiful morning birdsongs from my new alarm set-up, which will play them for me instead of the usual BLATTTTT!!! of an alarm clock.

At last, awakening at a pre-arranged time but in a joyful, peaceful, gradual way and without having to scrape myself off the ceiling, so to speak. I'm lucky my previous alarm didn't give me a cardiac arrest or something.

How delightful to lie there for about 5 minutes, enjoying it while gradually awakening, before turning it off and getting up. I was able to pre-set the volume to exactly what I wanted. What a great luxury for a light sleeper like me. I should have thought of this years ago. Come to think of it, perhaps a loud and strident alarm was necessary while working, in order to drag me out of bed for work. Joyful birdsongs are wonderful for me now, though.

Funny how little things like this can make such a difference. Now, to figure out what to do with my old alarm clock. Surely I need another clock somewhere... hmmm.
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The past few weeks have been torture.

Today I've been able to exhale.

A little over a month ago, DH had his PSA test. The result was not good as it had nearly doubled (4.3) since his last test in October of last year (2.3). He was immediately put on antibiotics for three weeks, then a week later (May 24th) had his PSA tested again. The increase would have been caused by either inflammation/infection or he still had cancer/cancer had spread. We were afraid the radiation therapy had failed.

Today I finally got the test result....2.2.

It feels so damn good to exhale.
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Congrats on your good news bbbamI. I would imagine that having had that diagnosis every time your DH feels "off" your mind runs wild. Remember to keep breathing and enjoy the time you have left.
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The past few weeks have been torture.

Today I've been able to exhale.

A little over a month ago, DH had his PSA test. The result was not good as it had nearly doubled (4.3) since his last test in October of last year (2.3). He was immediately put on antibiotics for three weeks, then a week later (May 24th) had his PSA tested again. The increase would have been caused by either inflammation/infection or he still had cancer/cancer had spread. We were afraid the radiation therapy had failed.

Today I finally got the test result....2.2.

It feels so damn good to exhale.
What a huge relief. I am so happy for you both! The mental torture of things like this is exhausting. Now go have a margarita (or two) together.
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This turned out to be a busy day. Coincidentally it's my 10th anniversary of ER.

I start out each morning with 30-60 minutes of blogging, and I think I'm hitting my stride on that habit.

The stock market was going nuts, so I sold put options on Berkshire Hathaway. The strike price is below the book value at which Berkshire Hathaway starts buying shares, but I guess nobody shared that info with the people who were buying my put options. I sold few enough that if we were exercised then we'd effectively be rebalancing by buying Berkshire shares.

Next up was a workout.

Four loads of laundry, because our college daughter comes home next week for five days and I won't be able to launder anything until she's gone.

20 minutes of weeding (so that spouse can get in there with the weedwhacker).

A neighbor is finally catching up on her home maintenance. She's planning to paint the exterior, re-sod her yard, re-roof, and go solar water + photovoltaic. I also had some suggestions on insulation and solar-powered attic exhaust fans.

Pizza for lunch, followed shortly afterward by a nap.

Upgraded my desktop PC from 2GB to 4GB of RAM. (Long overdue.) Now I'm hoping to get rid of two 1GB DDR2 PC6400 RAM chips on Craiglslist, although they may be worthless.

Spent two hours troubleshooting a microwave oven. The magnetron, transformer, and capacitor seem OK. The diode rectifier seems OK too, although the reverse-bias voltage is a tad low. If it's not the door switches then I'm outta ideas. I'm going to post to the Appliance Samurai's FixItNow forum to see what I've missed.

Researched our fridge's icemaker, which has stopped making ice. It looks like there are three things that could have broken, and I'll start working on that troubleshooting tomorrow.
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I spent a lot of time on the phone this morning: confirmed moving date with moving company and scheduled electricty/phone/cable/ADT shutoff.

Found a prospective tenant for the house.

Ate a sub sandwich for lunch.

Said goodbye to local friends.

Washed the sofa slipcovers by hand in the tub. Those suckers get really heavy when they are saturated with water. It was a good workout.

Helped MIL solve a computer problem.
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Nords, congratulation on you ten year ER anniversary!

FIREd, how terrific that you found a possible tenant.
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...I have a trip to the beach at Lake Ontario planned for tomorrow, so I am doing laundry and packing up sunscreen, my bathing suit, and kites. Mr B could care less about the beach "It's just wahtah" so he will be a bachelor for 2 days.
My friends own jetskis, so maybe just maybe I may try one out close to shore.
I'm bringing them 2 cherry tomato plants as a present for having me visit.
UPDATE: I forgot the kites. The jetskis aren't dewinterized and running yet. The lake water was brisk , holding me to only wading in up to my knees.

The 2 cherry tomato plants were very much appreciated. The beefsteak tomato plant I delivered a few weeks ago is kicking butt and taking names. It has 3 tiny little blossoms on it and has become the "darling" of the camp, especially with the kids.

I busied myself on the beach while my friends had to make some phone calls to relatives planning to visit this weekend with the multi-day rain forecast from hell. I hit the weather just right on 2 consecutive weekdays.

It was a perfect sandcastle building day, however...my imagination ran elsewhere. I pictured the sailing ships of yore, braving the waves and weather of Lake Ontario to deliver goods to remote settlers. Then I imagined an old style navigation chart with all of the neat illustrations drawn around the border and in the waters.

Here is the result.

The footsteps represent the "one that got away" when the beast came ashore.

And finally, a landlubber in a wench's dress, oblivious to other nefarious sea monsters approaching behind her.

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Oh, nothing much yesterday. Played around on the computer, watched the weather for the tornado warnings, read a few pages of book and practiced with Lightroom.

Oh, early AM Dr. appt. for a checkup, it seems I still have a pulse.

Called a moving company about moving a heavy piece of furniture from upstairs to downstairs. I'm sure this has never happened to other guys but DW changed her mind.
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Today I finally got the test result....2.2.

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That's great news. My bass player is going through the same stuff as yours.

The better news is this: now you know first-hand that you can expect to get some spurious high readings, so next time hopefully it will be less stressful if he gets a 4 or more.
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