March 29th, 2004

Down and Out

questions on the futility of adulthood...

Just out of curiosity. How many people actually like what they do for a living? I don't mean are you in nirvana. Life is by its very nature going to suck sometime. We can't all be Powerball winners. But seriously, do you actually enjoy what you do or do you hate it? Why or why not? Do you look forward to the new and exciting challenges of work or do you pray that a asteroid might crash into the earth and end your suffering? Do you expect things to get better? Are you afraid they might get worse? What keeps you going every day? Do you ever even think about these things or am I just an obsessive nutjob? (obviously, I know I am an obsessive nutjob, but am I JUST an obsessive nutjob?)
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well at least I have my health(y teeth)...

so whilst I have been complaining about my level comfort in my current job, I do at the very least have dental insurance for the first time in like forever... so I decided to give the old karma tornado a spin and go to the dentist today for the first time in what I think might legitimately be like 11 years. Yeah, that's right... 11 years... maybe even 12. I suck. So anyway, I went in full expecting that maybe I 'd have like one tooth left that didn't have a cavity in it. When I told the dentist it had been at least a decade since my last dental visit he seemed fully prepared to break out the dentures for me. So he sticks me in the chair and starts cleaning and is astounded by how good my teeth look and the fact that I have what he calls "the good enamel" He scrapes off the plaque buildup and polishes my teeth. He also removed the cement residue that formerly held my tongue spurs in place in a decade gone by. Collapse ) He then pointed out that he was amazed that I didn't appear to have a single cavity and my gums appeared to be in really good condition, despite something of a tartar build up (that he'd just removed). But he wanted to take x-rays to be sure.

So after the x-rays he determined that I had no internal cavities either. What he was worried about however was that I appear to have eroded or recessed bones in my jaw. He theorizes that I might haver periodontis, a gum disease (basically super gingivitis). And if left untreated, someday, the bones would theoretically completely erode away and my teeth would fall out. But it doesn't appear to be that bad and my gums are in good condition, so he just wants me to come back next week for a deep gum cleaning, and start using a water pick, which in theory should halt the disease if I do in fact have it. I personally am skeptical. I think there's a high probability that the bones in my jaw are just lower because I have a vastly Collapse ) But what the hell, as long as I have insurance I might as well use it right? if I do have periodontis, this should pretty much fix it. Well, not fix it, but halt it before the damage were to get any worse.

So anyway, my teeth are a miracle of modern science. Come and worship at my altar of dental fidelity....

uhh... or something...
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