Wednesday, November 6, 2019

wishful Wednesday

In which our plucky heroine notices signs of progress in various directions...

Getting closer to finishing my scrappy collage cardigan, I bound the cuff edges with the same narrow striped ribbing I used for edge binding the body of the cardigan... currently sewing the last bit of grey twill tape to the cuffs. Once I find some of the big sew-on snaps to use as fastenings, this project will be complete:



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So, I girded my loins to go to the periodontal clinic today for an intake exam. (I was referred me there, because there are signs of bone loss under some of my teeth) Even that much was scary, so my mantra for the last few weeks has been, "it's only an exam, no needles no knives..." When I got there my usually robust voice was very small indeed. The actual exam was no worse than the usual sort of dental exam, but the results confirmed that the two problem molars have noticeable bone loss at the roots. The best practice recommendation is gum surgery and bone grafting, to the tune of about 3K*. Medicaid/OHP doesn't cover any periodontal work at all, so if you want to keep teeth in the jaw y'r on your own... This is half of the issue, the other half being my intense terror about having oral surgery. Because I had oral surgery done horribly wrong as a young adult, I ever after and even now have fear and phobias about mouth needles and knives that are difficult for me to cope with. Yes, I have sought counseling. No, medication/sedation doesn't help. So my wish for today is to be able to get to where I can both afford mouth repair and cope with same...

*this would be less than getting the teeth pulled and implants put in place, and is significantly less than similar work done not at the OHSU Dental Clinic
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 three sketches necklace pegs-
2 xcardigan sleeves-
3 xx -
4 x
x -
5 xx -
6 x x
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7 x x
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8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitutude - kindly interchanges happened several times today: the bus driver this morning saw me and stopped extra, even though the bus had already left the stop, and Eva Moon came up to talk with the perio staff and go over some of my concerns...

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