On Saturday, I woke up at around 7:45 AM and took a quick shower. I had a dentist appointment at 8:30 AM and I was still feeling like a zombie from the lack of sleep the night before. It was just a checkup to see how my gums healed from the surgery last month. I was pleased that things were looking good.
After the dentist appointment, I went home to pick up Tary. We drove north to LensCrafters where I had an appointment with the eye doctor. I have been having problems with my left eye lately where it’s been twitching a lot during the day. It always felt like I had something in my eye. I thought the vision in my left eye was getting worse. After seeing the doctor though, I found out that my eye was twitching because it had actually gotten better. What?!
I normally wear glasses when I work on the computer. My prescription was -1.0 in my left eye and +0.25 in my right eye. The doctor told me that my left eye had gotten better to only -0.5 and that my right eye stayed the same. The reason why my left eye was twitching so much was that my glasses were at the wrong strength for me. Whew, what a relief. I had to pay for a new set of lenses but I was glad it was cheaper than having to buy a new set of frames.
After the eye doctor’s appointment, we picked up Tary’s cousin K.M. and I dropped them both off at their other cousin’s house. They were going off to have a little girls’ afternoon thing together.
I went home to change and put on some athletic-wear. I drove to the park near my house to play Ultimate Frisbee. I was the first one there so I was a little bored. I played some Bejeweled Blitz (which I think I need an intervention for) while I waited for the others to arrive. After about 15 minutes, the others started to show up.
It was a pretty low turnout. We had only 10 people come and play. The emails this week were late so I don’t know if everyone knew that we were playing today. It was cold, windy, and freezing rain kept falling on us. It wasn’t a great day to play but we still made the best of it. We only played two games but they were both very competitive and close games. I think I ended up on the winning side of both of them so that’s always fun.
This morning I had a dentist appointment to have surgery to remove extra bone growth on the inside of my jawbone (Torus Mandibularis). It’s kind of gross so if you have a weak stomach, try not to Google it (but those are really extreme cases). I have been dreading this day for months. I was dreading the pain of the procedure. I was dreading the nausea that the medicine usually causes. I was dreading the long recovery time. I was dreading not being able to eat my favorite foods for a while.
I made this appointment many months ago because it’s one of those crazy-expensive-procedures that cost so much that it completely exhausts your annual maximum limit. That’s why I had to schedule it in the following calendar year when my benefits renews. Because it’s classified as “surgical periodontal care”, it’s not covered at 100% so I had to pay over $250 just for the co-pay.
Now that the procedure is done with, I can reflect a little bit. To be honest, the procedure wasn’t that bad today. I guess I’ve gone through too many other periodontal procedures that I kind of know more or less what I’m getting myself in to. And the alternative to not having these things done would be to continue to have receding gums and more bone loss and then tooth loss. I guess I can take comfort in knowing that I’ve been through worse before. The procedure probably lasted about an hour. The anesthesia held up so it was relatively painless though it all. I thank God for that.
With a baby on the way, it’s kind of funny how your perspective changes on things. I have this receding gum problem. I have minor scoliosis and a history of various back problems. I have been in physical therapy for Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) aka runner’s knee. I have psoriasis and some arthritis that is linked with it. I also have allergies to just about anything green. These problems are all minor compared to some of the things other people have to go through so I’ve just accepted that that is how things are for me. But with our baby on the way, I’m afraid that he might inherit some of these problems.
I’m so thankful that Tary doesn’t have any of my problems. I’m thankful that God gave me a wife that can help cancel out some of my bad genes.