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Poor Marilyn -- Plus the Loss of Four Friends! 
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Marilyn saw the endodontrist first thing (early) this morning.

I prayed for hours yesterday -- and in the middle of the night -- that they would be able to SAVE this tooth, on the bottom. Especially in light of all the many issues with her front tooth.

Unfortunately, she had to endure a root canal on this tooth (oral surgery), but the tooth is cracked and cannot be saved. So at some point it's going to have to be pulled (more oral surgery, obviously). The cost today was $600+ (Marilyn's part of that was $240). So as she kept saying today, it cost her $240 for nothing, considering she'll lose that tooth.

There's talk about doing a dental implant -- but it takes a ton of time and is very expensive, even with insurance. Carol had one and spread the whole thing over a two-year period. There's a bunch of healing that has to take place over several stages, plus the cost needs to be spread out...

Marilyn will have to think it over and decide what to do about this tooth. because she absolutely MUST have the front tooth taken care of, considering it IS her front tooth! The question is, what happens if she simply has the bottom tooth extracted? Will she have any bite left?

(Since my last extraction, the entire bite of my mouth has changed. No matter how careful I am, I'm constantly biting my tongue -- sometimes quite hard, where I draw blood and have it swell up. I can't go a week without biting my tongue, and I'm not kidding about how hard I try to avoid it. So extractions become more and more serious as we get older and lose more teeth.)

She was so swollen from the shots. Then when they wore off, she was in pain. I can't BELIEVE they didn't give her meds for the pain! But as she pointed out, she probably wouldn't take them anyway, as she's always been terribly sensitive to pain medication.

Anyway, she stayed home all day, today. (A good thing. Oral surgery IS surgery, so you need to take it easy afterwards.)

We watched a lot of Australian Open tennis, as we always do.

And we talked to sister Sue via phone, but that was it.

Fitbit Update: I didn't end up doing the treadmill, so I only did 2,142 steps -- not making my 3,000 step goal. Marilyn did use the treadmill, and made her 5,000 step goal. The full amount was 5,500 steps (the same as last Tuesday).

LOSSES -- RECENT DEATHS

I already mentioned the death of our friend Lee Ann. Since then we also lost our friend Nancy (wife of former festival president Rolf) and our friend Wally (a long time board member). Today we found out that our friend Dick Powers has also passed. We knew he had failed terribly, but it's still a blow to hear that he's gone...

That's four (!!!) recent deaths of friends. And we never know when we might lose someone else.

It's hard to know what to say. We've been dreading Dick's loss for several years. He hasn't been able to really take part in the festival for some time. But, oh, what a wonderful photographer he was!!! He was actually involved with the festival for years before Marilyn and I came along (which is pretty rare now). He was my 'buddy' -- and we had so many great conversations over the past four decades. I know I've already been missing him, because he just was rarely around. But he DID come back during the 2014 festival, and he and I chatted and hugged and kissed as we always do, and I'm so very glad we did.

And I never miss a chance to hug the people around me -- I tend to greet strangers with big hugs. I just can't help myself. We never know what tomorrow will bring.

Sending ALL my wonderful LiveJournal friends a huge cyber HUG -- and I'd give you the real thing if you were here right now. I love you guys -- and I cherish all my friends so much...

Comments 
January 21, 2015 (Wednesday) 03:49 pm (UTC)
Hope M is able to get some good options, with ease.

Always hard to lose friends, especially so close together.

much love

t
January 21, 2015 (Wednesday) 04:18 pm (UTC)
Dental implants are pricey and take forever to finish. Manolo is in the middle of the process and when done right can take a year at least. It is worth it though as it's a forever thing usually.

Still, the cost does give one pause.

I know just what you mean, Charlie. I wish I could hug every one of my friends in person every day because life is so fragile and random.
*hugs*
January 22, 2015 (Thursday) 12:02 am (UTC)
Wow, sorry for all that. Both Marilyn's tooth and your friends.
I hope that it's done with bad for a while!