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Meaning of life

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." ~ Pablo Picasso

Friday, January 16, 2015

OH TOOTH FAIRY...

Before cancer I had a nice set of teeth with only 3 cavities my whole life. My father spent a lot of money on braces to make them perfect. After having radiation to my tongue and jaw area I was warned that I would forever have problems in those areas and it would be crucial to use a dental expert familiar with radiated bone. An extraction by an unqualified dentist might actually result in a shattered jaw.

You take that news with a grain of salt at a time you just cheated death. Eight years later my upper jaw has shifted about one full tooth's length so my teeth don't line up anymore. I'm told it's actually a result of the skin acting like shrink wrap on the jaw along with some muscle damage and bone loss.

A year ago I slowly began losing the lower horizontal half of an upper front tooth that just slowly wore away over time. I think tonight I lost the vertical half of my second one located directly below the first. I just noticed it was missing before bed. There was no  pain or indication there was a problem and both teeth are still fully rooted. I'm not even sure it's worth having them fixed if they are just going to fall out eventually.

I've met several people along this journey who were told to have all their teeth pulled before having radiation. I was grateful they only wanted to remove two of my molars. And people ask if I ever get depressed! HA! I'm really not sure what else to say at this point....It's the gift that keeps on giving. Even when you think it's over, there is always something new waiting for you around every corner!

Peace B

11 comments:

Sparroweye said...

I battle with this also. Recently had four fillings at once. But I can see its a losing game. I hope I don't outlive my teeth or my skin. lol. Probably getting just a biopsy tomorrow. So scared. Hope it's a kerotosis or basil cell.

Lisa Adcox said...

I take pain medications daily and it has destroyed my teeth.I have had 6 lower spine surgeries, 2 cervical spine surgeries, complete knee replacement that has failed in two years so will be having it redone. I have metal and screws holding me together. Taking pain meducations wrecks your teeth. Just over the last 6 yrs I have spent over $8000 trying to save them to only now realize I will have to have then out and now have dentures. Never had issues before.

You have gone through so much. I find from reading here about you that you are such a brave man,a strong man.I am happy to have meet you at Twitter.My prayers and thoughts are always with you.

Lisa Adcox said...

I take pain medications daily and it has destroyed my teeth.I have had 6 lower spine surgeries, 2 cervical spine surgeries, complete knee replacement that has failed in two years so will be having it redone. I have metal and screws holding me together. Taking pain meducations wrecks your teeth. Just over the last 6 yrs I have spent over $8000 trying to save them to only now realize I will have to have then out and now have dentures. Never had issues before.

You have gone through so much. I find from reading here about you that you are such a brave man,a strong man.I am happy to have meet you at Twitter.My prayers and thoughts are always with you.

Anonymous said...

I DIDN'T DESERT YOU I HAD TO HAVE THIS MAN WORK ON MY COMPUTER A WHILE BACK AND THE FELLOW DELETED SO MUCH. I LOST ALL MY CONNECTIONS. I HAD TO REPEAT TO MYSELF, IT'LL BE OK BUT I REALIZED MY THINKS AREN'T LIKE IT USED TO BE.BY THE GRACE OF GOD I REFOUND YOU TONIGHT.
TALKING ABOUT TEETH I'M GOING THROUGH BIG PROBLEMS ALSO. TO LONG A STORY TO GET INTO HERE BUT I CAN TELL YOU I NEVER THOUGHT IN MY WILD DREAM WOULD I EVER BELIEVE THAT I NEEDED DENTURES.MY TEETH STARTED FALLING OUT LIKE A SEVEN YEAR OLD THIS PASS YEAR. WENT TO THE DENTIST A MONTH AGO AND TO THE TUNE OF $$$$$$$$$$$$$$I'LL BE HAVING THE TOP PLATE MADE SOMETIME THIS MONTH OR NEXT. DOCTORS THINK SENIORS JUST GO OUT IN THE BACKYARD AND PICK FROM THE MONEY TREE. WRONG, AT LEAST THIS SENIOR CAN'T. HE WANTS TO TRY AND SAVE THE FEW I HAVE LEFT ON THE BOTTOM. BUT HE SAYS I NEED TO HAVE THEM CLEANED IN HIS OFFICE. THEY LOOK CLEAN TO ME. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE THRUSDAY. THEY'LL MOST LIKELY CHARGE FOR A FULL MONTH WHICH I DON'T HAVE ANYMORE SINCE HE PULLED THE REST THAT DIDN'T FALL OUT.I LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY WHERE THE HELL DID SHE GO?
TO BE HONEST, I REALLY DON'T THINK I'LL BE ABLE TO GET USED TO ATOP OR BOTTOM DENTURE. I REALLY DON'T WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT.
SO YOU SEE I HAVE ALOT OF FEELING FOR YOU MUST BE GOING THROUGH. JUST KNOW I STILL THINK OF YOU OFTEN.

HUGS, GRANNY

Anonymous said...

GOD MUST HAVE PUT US TOGETHER ON ROSS'S BLOG TO GIVE YOU A PRAYER WARRIOR. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I'VE PRAYED FOR YOU OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.LOST COUNT. NOW I'M PRAYING FOR YOUR COMFORT. YOUR A SPECIAL FRIEND AND I PUT GODS' BLESSING ON YOU TODAY. YOU NEVER COMPLAIN AND I WISH I COULD BE MORE LIKE YOU.

HUGS,GRANNY LOU

Anonymous said...

p.s. DON'T TELL ME NOT TO WORRY. HOW CAN I NOT WORRY ABOUT YOU.

GRANNY LOU

Anonymous said...

HERE IT IS 7/8/2015. I JUST GOT HOME FROM MY DENTIST THAT I JUST LOVE TO PIECES. I PICK HIM OUT OF THE PHONE BOOK AND GLAD I DID BECAUSE HE'S A REAL SWEETHEART. MY HEALTH HAS CAUSE ME ALSO TO HAVE TEETH PROBLEMS TO THE POINT OF THEM COMING OUT ALL BY THEMSELF ONE BY ONE TO THE POINT HE AGREE WITH ME TO HAVE A PLATE MADE FOR THE TOP. IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS I HOPE IT'LL BE READY. I HAVE A VERY HIGH GAG SITUATION SO I HOPE WHEN IT'S READY I'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP THEM IN MY MOUTH. IF NOT THEN ALL I CAN SAY IS, I TRIED. I WISH SO MUCH I COULD BE THERE TO HELP YOU. I ALSO HOPE YOUR PUP GIVE YOU COMFORT ON THE REAL BAD DAYS. JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW I'M STILL SAYING MY THOUGHT PRAYERS FOR YOU. TAKE WHATEVER HELP IS OFFERED TO YOU. DON'T TRY AND BE A HERO ALL BY YOURSELF. I JUST KNOW YOU'VE BEEN A GIVING PERSON ALL YOUR LIFE SO NOW IT YOUR TURN TO RECEIVE BACK FROM THOSE THAT OFFER. BIG GRANNY HUGS TO YOU. HUGS, GRANNY.

Dr. Swill said...

Love you TG! I understand the damage to the teeth. The radiation has damaged my bone. I can no longer have a plate as my opening is too small.

I am trying my best to be humble and ask for help. I'm not sure why it's so hard, but it is for me although I have had some great help from my neighbors and I can't say enough about having the pup to cuddle with during some of those hard times. I wish we were closer just to give each other more comfort. I know you're not that far. Perhaps someday we can meet for a quick hello. I';d really like that.

xoxo
Peace B

Anonymous said...

HELLO, YOU SOUND LIKE ME, I NEVER ASK FOR HELP AND BOY I SURE COULD USE SOME GRAMPS WON'T GET SOMEONE TO COME IN TO CLEAN. HE'S ALWAY WORRIED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF $$$ AT OUR AGE. SO MUCH STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE ON THE HOUSE. JUST HERE AND THERE, JOBS HE'S NEVER FINISHEDSINCE BUYING THIS REPO.FIVE YEARS AGO I WORRIED ABOUT HIM CLIMBING LADDERS AT HIS AGE AND NOW HE HAS NO BUSY BEING ON ONE AT ALL. HE WON'T LISTEN AND SHAKY AS HE GETS CLIMBING, HE DOES IT ANYWAYS. I GET SO ANNOYED SO I JUST SIT HERE AND PRAY AS HE CLIMBS AWAY. JUST BEEN LUCKY WITH GOD GRACE HE'S STILL WITH ME. HE'S BEEN A GREAT HUBBY AND A WONDERFUL FATHER. SO THAT'S A PLUS. HE'LL BE HAVING EYE SURGERY SOON. ANOTHER HURDLE TO CLIMB OVER. HOPING FOR THE NEW TOP TEETH IS WEEK. FINGERS CROSSED. SO SO TIRED. HUGS, GRANNY

Anonymous said...

BOY THAT SOUNDED ALL ABOUT ME. SO SORRY. YOU KNOW THAT I'M ALL OUT OF WORDS TO SAY. JUST WANT YOU TO BE OK. I ALSO WANT YOU TO ASK FOR HELP. NOT KNOWING YOUR FAMILY UNLESS THEIR FEW OR WHATEVER JUST CALL SOME ONE. IT'S FUNNY HOW FAMILIES ARE IN THIS WORLD TODAY COMPARED TO WHEN I GREW UP. FAMILIES WOULD ALWAY WATCH OVER EACHOTHER TIL THE END. NOW IT'S ALL ABOUT $$$$ I GUESS WAY BACK WHEN YOUR MOM WAS ALIVE YOU WERE THERE STILL THE END. I ADMIRED YOU AT JUST HOW MUCH YOU LOVED YOUR MOM AND DAD. IF YOUR FAMILY WON'T STEP IN THEN ASK THE NURSE WHAT YOUR ALLOWED IN HOMECARE. DO IT NOW OR I'LL RIDE MY CHAIR OVER THERE AND HIT YOU ON THE SIDE OF YOUR HEAD. DO YOU HEAR ME? HUGS, GRANNY

Anonymous said...

FAREWELL MY DEAR FRIEND. I MISS YOU.JUST KNOWING YOUR OUT OF PAIN AND WITH YOUR MOM AND DAD IN HEAVEN MAKES ME VERY HAPPY. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR CHATS.PLUS YOUR NEIGHBORS HELP. SENDING HUGS TO YOU IN THE WIND. GRANNY.

Words To Live By:

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others." -Mahatma Gandhi