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Round Two

It's better to look good than to feel good.
Fernando Lamas
I was sadly mistaken in thinking that once I actually got dentures, my dental problems would be over.

Oh, no, no, NO, that is not the case at all.

Everything I've read online, everything the dentist told me and everything my Amish neighbors have shared assures me that I will get used to them. I hope they're all right.

It's been less than 24 hours so far, so I suppose I should give it a chance, right? I really don't have a choice.

I'm writing all this for me, more than for you, although I figure someone out there might appreciate an account of the personal experience. You might need to go through this someday – you could get your teeth knocked out in a softball game, for instance – and I feel like I'm doing a public service.

Also, I can't not go through something like this and not write about it. I guess after all these years I've evolved into some kind of diarist.

I feel like I'm gagging all the time. Just as I've read online, there is in increase in salivation and it's extremely uncomfortable. I will say, though, that it's easier today than it was yesterday.

I can't talk very well, and I haven't been able to eat much at all. I had really looked forward to having a salad, but raw vegetables are still too difficult to handle. I'm going to try pizza tonight, though, making sure the crust is more breadlike than crispy.

Anyway, that's the news of the day from that old lady who lives in the Middle of Nowhere. I can just hear both of you saying, "Thanks for sharing." Heh.

P.S. Round Two of the apple jelly turned out great! Probably won't be eating PB&Js for a while, though.


jen said…
My dad always complained about his dentures when he first got them. I don't think they bother him as much now, but he said food never tasted as good because of the top plate. That's why the Amish just getting dentures as a matter of course seemed crazy to me.

My mother got implants -- a much bigger ordeal but more like real teeth. Much more expensive, though.
Vickie said…
My mother has had dentures for about 50 years I think. I am not even sure my kids know she has them. She eats whatever she wants with no problems. And now I am wondering if those are her originals or if they have been replaced and she never mentioned it.

I think most all of what we write is women to women public service announcements because that is how most women gain from the collective experience. Story telling based on real life. my grandmother would have had the voices of her farming community. Laura ingles wilder had the letters of generations of women in her family. I think blogs fill that void for most us.

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