Saturday, January 13, 2007

It's Hell Getting Old

That's what Susie's granddad said and he wasn't kidding.

So last night, just before leaving work for a nice relaxing 3-day weekend, I decided to break a tooth. Frantic phone call to my wonderful wonderful dentist whose house (and probably boat) I believe I have financed over the years. Still, I love her. So she saw me this a.m. at 9 (on a Saturday!) and said "you need a crown $$$$." I am a dental phobic as she well knows, but after ten years together she knows the drill (ha, i kill myself!) Give me enough gas and music in my ears and you can stick your whole arm down my throat and rip out my esophagus! These days, going to the dentist is like a little retreat!

So i have a temporary crown for three weeks. And while she was poking around she found out I have another tooth with an infected root. (This sounds like I have never seen a toothbrush before! I brush my teeth 20 times a day! I floss in the car! What the HELL!) So i have to go see a specialist who may have to "do an extraction." As in rip it out.

So between that and the pee doctor, I already have too many doctors visits scheduled. But no. I have to go see my eye doctor before 2/7 which is when my driver's license expires.

Not only is it hell getting old, it's time consuming!

There's more but I'm starting to bore myself.

Last night I made the mistake of reading through some of my archives. (Always a bad idea.) It seemed to me that it was just entirely possible that I spend a lot of time making fun of other people!!! So I have to stop doing that. I mean really. Is that all I have to write about? Is that the substance of my life here in the nation's capital? Why not write something uplifing now and then? C'mon!

So, that's one of my resolutions. I'm going to stop making fun of perky perkmonsters for the New Year. No, really. I swear.

I'm also inspired by Katy who has been facing down a fracture in her "femoral neck" like it was a hangnail. She is one hardcore dude who isn't crying about not being able to run but is busy making plans for what she's going to do when she can walk again. Take a lesson, Jeanne!

I'm determined to be like this guy (Robert Morse), seen here talking to himself in the mirror:


I Believe in You!*

*How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

22 comments:

Laurie said...

Some people are just cursed with bad dental health karma. Imagine how much worse it would be for you if you didn't brush and floss so often.

I like your new resolutions. We like the Jeanne who makes fun of other people but we'll take what we can get. Just don't stop telling us funny stories about yourself.

21st Century Mom said...

Jeanne, if you can like that guy you can like anyone. He's like the Stuart Smally of the music world only Stuart Smally is a joke and I don't think Robert Morse sees himself as a joke.

I like Jeanne who rags on perky perkitons but I'm sure I'll like the Jeanne who likes Robert Morse, too.

Bummer about your choppers. My ex and his siblings all have troublesome teeth so I fear for my kids.

susie said...

Oh yuk. I feel for you and your mouth. Time-consuming is the truth...
And don't get too happy, now. We like you just the way you are, Sally:)

WannaBe5Ker said...

I am with you on the dental phobia thing. I wasn't always like that, sort of developed after I gave birth (you would think giving birth would make me fear NOTHING, but I digress). Sorry sorry sorry about the tooth infection and crummy broken tooth.

I agree with you all over this post. Getting old is a pain (pun intended).

Stillwater Heron said...

Dang! You brush, floss and have tooth problems..big ones?
Yikes :(
Getting old IS a pain.

Bob said...

Amy is so in the same dental boat. I always say she has chalk for teeth. Tough card to draw but it keeps the dentists in businss here as well. Please don't stop making fun of others, I love it. lol Even I can take a good natured barb now and then. :-)

Danielle said...

I think I must go out and buy some dental floss right now.

And perky aerobics instructors are just asking to be made fun of...

Rae said...

I also have terrible teeth so I feel you on that one! I don't think there is anything else in my mouth left to fill!

Not only is it hell to get old it's expensive!!! Why don't they teach you how much it costs just to be an adult????

David said...

I don't think he really has a mirror. Are you making fun of him?

I hear that dates for old people turn into spending a lot of hand holding in doctor waiting rooms or pharmacy wait chairs. Here's hoping they have a chair for you with a vibrator in it.

I, for one, am not beyond making fun of those for whom I leave comments. It just means I like you a lot. :)

WADDLER26.2 said...

Thank heaven that I'm not the only one folding up like a hanky. I crakced one last week and ended up getting 6 pulled. What would happen if we didn't brush.$$

IHateToast said...

Oh, i whine plenty. i'm an internal whiner and i'm only 1 month into this. i'll be grumpy stumpy by march (right now i am enjoying being told not to run during the summer... as it is here right now in the muggy subtropics).

i have bad teeth, too. you get the teeth from the parent of the opposite sex i heard. explains me, my dad; mark and his daughter.

why do they put so many nerves in the teeth? seems pointless.

Just12Finish said...

You really should stop break dancing. You're already 29 and the 80's has ended (unfortunately).

Runner Susan said...

I think I have more dental work and crowns than I do actual teeth. I hate the dentist too. But I'm with you . . . bring on the gas!

Bex said...

Damn. What were you eating when you broke the tooth?! The good thing is that when you get that crown, it'll be indestructible. At least for 5-10 years.
I wonder how bad our ancestors' teeth were, given that they did not have toothbrushes, floss, and modern dentistry.

Also, do keep on poking the perkitrons in the ribs. We enjoy it so.

Thomas said...

In that case I don't want to get old. Hell, I feel old enough already. I want it to stop.

LBTEPA said...

Oh come now - we've had this 'you talk about whining as though it's a bad thing' conversation before! And as for not making fun of people - what will the rest of us do for fun now?
I broke a tooth when I was on my first honeymoon (should have realised it was an omen...) that sucks.
YOU FLOSS IN THE CAR?? EWWWW!
cheerio

Mark I. said...

I was going to say something to console you but then you made me watch that singer and now I'm just mad.

Criminy. What the heck was that?

Get better anyway. See how nice and forgiving I can be? :)

LeahC said...

i have crappy teeth as well and hate going to the dentist.....blah. have fun with that temporary crown ....

Anonymous said...

honestly my mom DOES brush her teeth and floss EVERYWHERE!
-NOD

Firefly's Running said...

OMG! I had that problems myself two years ago - SEVEN CAVITIES! YIKES!

Laura Lohr said...

Nice teeth are priceless. A great smile is something I have always valued.

I got my first cavity at thirty. I honestly thought the stars would stop re-aligning. ALAS, a cavity filled, the world was right again :-)

dentist in nashua said...

Jeanne, I'm glad that you've found a dentist that you trust. Getting old can take a toll on a lot of body parts including the teeth. That's why it's best to have them regularly checked by a dental practitioner. That way, you can resolve the problems at an early stage.

Very interesting post. Thanks!