It's Friday, (but you all knew that already), the day I don't go to work.
The day I save for paying rent, doing the washing, and going to Ikea.
And for appointments if they're on the calendar.
Like the doctor and the dentist.
Today I had a dental appointment that had been rescheduled from last month.
I had two huge broken fillings which needed repair, but only one could be done.
The other had broken too badly, there just wasn't enough of it left.
That one just got smoothed off so the rough broken edges no longer scraped my inner cheek.
The repaired one, done four hours ago, is still numb.
I've been waiting for the tingling that heralds the waking up of the nerves, but it hasn't happened yet.
Earlier I managed a cup of coffee without dribbling too much of it, and now, I've just finished a bowl of delicious hot garlic vegetable soup. Without dribbling too much.
It really is a weird sensation, sipping coffee and soup with half my mouth asleep.
Anyway, the dentist has recommended that I get a few crowns done on some of my teeth.
It's been said to me before, but this new dentist went as far as telling me why it would be a good idea.
In the lower left quarter of my mouth, I have only one lonely molar left.
It's heavily filled.
It's probably 95% filling.
An island of filling in an ocean of gum.
If that tooth/filling should break as many others have done, it couldn't be repaired.
(I may have to give up eating nuts and chewing steak).
Having it crowned would add strength and support to that one remaining tooth.
Having crowns put onto several of the other heavily filled teeth would protect them from cracking and breaking also. I may still have to give up eating nuts.....and other chewy things, like sticks of molasses licorice.
The dentist then went on to say that my private health cover should allow for one crown per year, and by doing one per year, I could manage to save enough cash to cover the gap fee.
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
On a brighter note, today I received my gas bill in the mail.
"No payment required"
Hooray for weekly advance payments!!
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