Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Dental Procedure Diet!
On friday morning the 9th, while eating a bowl of special K tree bark, I cracked the molar farthest back on my lower left side. Had to stop chewing, spit out the cereal, and suck down some kefir to finish the meal, and then headed to the gym. When I got home, I did some examination, and could see the damn crack. The dentist had closed at noon, so I left a message and spent the weekend eating soup, yogurt, scrambled eggs, and copious amounts of bourbon. On monday morning I got a call to come in. The dentist took Xrays and said "yup, it's cracked, but I cant tell how deeply for sure until we get in there". So on tuesday morning, I got in, and he began to work on it. Now my mormon dentist to the stars is not the greatest, but then again, this is Deming. It took 6 shots to finally numb the tooth, and he began bye pulling out the broken piece next to an old filling, the filling, and drilled out the tooth. Part way thru the process, he asked me if I was on Cumadin, because there was so much blood. Once he swabbed out the area, he realized that he had sliced the side of my tongue with the burr cutter, and the next thing I know, he was in my mouth with a needle and dissolving thread stitching up my tongue. So when he got to the bottom of the tooth at the gum line, he said that it didn't look like it had cracked below that, so he suggested we do a temporary crown and see if I have any nerve pain or hot or cold sensitivity. When the novocaine wore off, my swollen tongue began to hurt bad. I could not eat anything spicy, acidic, or salty without looking like a hunched over constipated man. Yesterday I went back and got the permanent crown put on, and the tooth seems pretty good, with just a bit of throbbing and tenderness of the tissue around the area. My tongue, on the other hand, is still tender and unhappy with almost any kinds of food that aren't bland. Dentist apologized profusely, and said although your mouth and tongue heal quickly, it will take two weeks for the stitches to dissolve, and probably that long before I can start to eat normally again. So, I already dropped my 5 lbs. and may drop a few more before I can eat normally again!
Had my biggest loser race again this year on Sunday. Weather was cold and windy, but at least clear and sunny. I got in the front of the second paddock this year in hopes of not running over and hurting a walker like last year, but there was still a lot of weaving for the first third of a mile or so. The venue was changed to the field of dreams stadium complex where I have run 7 different 5K races over the past 5 years, and it is to my liking. A bit hilly, but out and back over a mixture of side roads and gravel bike trails. The only problem is that every time I have run it, the course is long, as they somehow can't figure out how to let you finish on a track without including that in the distance. This year was no different. When I came down the side alley into the stadium, My garmin already said 5.01 kilometers, so our spin around 2/3rds of the track added an extra 330 yards or so, or about a minute and a half at the pace I was going. So I went thru the chute in 28:08, even though I was at 26:33 when my garmin said we had run 5K. I was 77th overall of about 850 folks. Oddly, my time was good enough for first over the 7 guys in the 55-59 age category, first over the 5 guys in the 60-64 age group, etc, but I was actually beaten by a guy aged 75 who ran 25:33......so if you take off a minute and a half for him also, that is around 24 minutes flat! Remarkable for someone that age! He must have been in a later one of the 8 paddocks, because I never saw him until he came up to get his award. Tiny little whippet of a fellow......anyway, so when the pictures are available, I will post them. Meanwhile, when you are able to eat something spicy and tasty, think of me.......