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Wednesday and (today) Thursday -- City Hall, the Dentist and More...

I started my day on Wednesday dealing with the IT issues from Tuesday night and the power outage in downtown Portland. The Server was back up Tuesday night, but there was no internet connection. Plus the Phone Server wasn't working properly, so we didn't have telephones (!!!), which is serious business for us. We can't really function without computers and phones, after all! Hahahahaha.

I was really racing to get the work done before we needed to leave to walk over to the event at City Hall (where I was taking photos for the festival). This was a uniform event, so I did have to find clothes to wear Tuesday night (when we finally got home).

We went to City Hall yesterday (by 9:30 a.m.) to hear the announcement of Portland as the North American host for the United Nations' World Environment Day. World Environment Day 2013 will be Wednesday, June 5, and its activities will play a major role for the festival this year. Mayor Charlie Hales and members of the City Council met Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Communications Director for the United Nations Environment Programme, who had a meeting with Marilyn and other festival Staffers on this past Monday. For those who might not know, the festival has a strong environmental program. We've won international awards for our green policies for the past 16 years -- most of those gold awards for the best in the world. We're excited for Portland and our involvement and partnership with the City and with the United Nations. So exciting!

In the afternoon sister Sue kindly came to get me downtown at the office so we could go pick up prescriptions then head to my dentist appointment. We headed to Freddies and I picked up a couple things I needed (like kitty litter), and Sue had a bite to eat. I couldn't find anything I wanted to eat -- besides, I hate to eat right before going to the dentist. She did swing by the house and I dropped things off and brushed my teeth again.

As I mentioned in yesterday's 'Health Report' (smile), the dental appointment was fairly brutal. I needed a root canal, but we weren't even sure which tooth was the one! So I had to have more x-rays (more $$$). Then I had two huge shots to numb me. Mary (my dentist) had a terrible time with the work. It was in a tooth that's crowned and under my bridge, so it was difficult to get to! And she had to drill and drill and dig and dig. At first she told me she couldn't do it -- and would need to send me to a specialist. I told her no -- we simply couldn't afford it. So I encouraged her to keep going -- and didn't let on about the pain while she worked. It was bad, but I just kept praying that she'd be able to do it.

This was the first step of a two-step root canal (yes, I've had more than one of these in the past). She'll finish it up next Wednesday. She had to put me on heavy-duty antibiotics (yes, again... sigh...) -- and anti-nausea medication and heavy-duty pain medication. Originally I wasn't going to take the pain meds, but by the time it was over I'd reconsidered. (smile)

I really blew up from the root canal. She had to be pretty physical, pressing on my chin and cheek while drilling and digging. I was holding tight to my own hands during it and managed not to moan once, I'm proud to say.

Sister Sue was kind enough to take me to drop off the prescriptions before dropping me home. Poor Sue! She started her day at the dentist for her own work, then had to take me there, go and get her granddaughter Nicole for HER appointment, take me home and go back for Nicole. Quite a day at the dentist for her!

Marilyn kindly stopped to pick up my prescriptions on her way home from work. In the meantime, I went home and did a few things before lying down with an ice pack. I'd planned to have a shot of alcohol, but didn't do that. I managed to drift off with just the ice pack and no pain meds.

Well, I'm glad to have that root canal almost done, anway! That should be the last one. I still need a crown for the last root canal I had done (opposite of my mouth from the current one). And there are a few other things to finish up. I'll be glad to be done with it. Hopefully this coming March will see the end of my appointments. (woo hoo)

Today I stayed home and was down in the morning, still icing. The second and third days after a root canal are always worse than the day -- and Mary had said I was going to be swollen. The icing helped both the swelling and pain. I also had a couple shots of tequila before bed last night, which helped the pain and helped me sleep. (smile)

Today I worked around the house a bit (doing dishes -- two loads! -- and picking up in the kitchen and so on), did some organization of files and some festival work. And I got the garbage and recycling done (including the cat boxes). I also put out some old crackers and things -- plus water -- for the birds. There was a large seagull and a fat squirrel having quite a feast at one point. (grin)

There was some excitement this afternoon! I was sitting in the office and I heard people dashing across the side and front yard! I headed to the kitchen window and raised the blinds and could see POLICE outside the house (!!!) -- so I dashed into the living room to check the back yard and make sure no one was out there. I finally went out on the porch, where several of my neighbors were also coming outside to see what was happening. Police had gone up the alley next to my house and two police cars were right by our house with police standing just outside them. We neighbors hollered back and forth (grin) and then finally went inside again. The police stuck around for a time and eventually there was a fire engine here, too (no idea why). Just a couple of hours of activity...

Marilyn didn't get home until 7:00 p.m. tonight. We had refried beans for dinner.

We've been sitting here watching "Gone With the Wind" on TMC while I type this (on my laptop). Marilyn's been doing the bills. We're going to have hot chocolate, for something sweet, as we've given up candy for Lent (which started yesterday).

I also talked to Shari twice today (this morning we chatted for around an hour). I also sent notes to Ina (a friend who recently lost her husband) and Versie (another friend who came by the office this week).

I did read at LiveJournal today -- and write a few comments. I need to write more, but I've been so busy... I need to lie down with another ice pack soon, so this is it for today.

Tags: 2013, candy, city-hall, dentist, dinner, february-2013, festival, food, ina, lent, livejournalm, marilyn, mary, neighbors, photos, police, shari, sister-sue, versie, work
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