Self-attention has absorbed much of my focus the past couple of weeks -- nothing quite like a dental root canal to cause me to think about myself. Having had one years ago -- that ultimately exhausted me with having to keep my mouth pried wide open for so long that I thought I’d crawl out of my skin before the Dr. finished -- I had this current root canal scheduled for two shorter sessions a week apart. That earlier root canal had been more tolerable in retrospect because both of the roots were dead.
I thought all teeth just had two roots, but I was surprised to learn this tooth had three roots. In fact, some have four or five the endodontist said. Should I have known this? Did we learn this in grade school or higher grade science or health classes? Had I forgotten this dentition knowledge?
This tooth’s third root nerve was alive, but numbing minimized or prevented most of the discomfort.
When feeling returned after the first session, I finally reached the point I sought pain relief, but then the throbbing abruptly stopped so I didn’t take medication after all. There was a dull ache, but I was not kept from sleeping that night. The next week, expecting a possible initial similar reaction I was prepared, but unnecessarily so. I experienced only a slight ache which interfered in no way with my night’s sleep, then that was gone when I awoke in the morning.
Gotta finish up with this root-canalled tooth since, if all is well, then my dentist must crown it later. I’m eating lots of soup, soft foods with minimal chewing on the opposite side of my mouth, but have discovered a sensitivity there. Oh, well!
Another day -- off I went on an errand necessitating I lower my driver’s side car window – click, click ….. gr-r-r- um, gr-r-r-um – the window doesn’t move back up. So, on the way home I stopped by my trusty auto mechanic shop. They agreed to keep the car there, trouble shoot the problem, give me a ride home and see if they could fix whatever was needed -- but cautioned they might not be able to do so until after the weekend. Turns out they were able to install a new motor correcting the problem the next day, but the cost was double what I had paid for a similar problem several years ago when a warranty had applied absorbing half of the expense. Oh, well!
For the first time since I’ve used these mechanics, there was a flaw in the door control panel when the car was returned to me. The fact that this occurred concerns me, but they will fix it free when I take the auto to them again. Oh, well!
This past week viewing television, surfing internet news accounts I’m appalled by events with hate-mongers crawling out from under their rocks to spread their venom in cities across our nation. How anyone can excuse or defend their ideology of superiority is beyond rational moral comprehension.
Marching in our streets to demonstrate power with threats describing their beliefs in documented conversations are reminiscent of what their counterparts did in Europe prior to WWII.
U.S. Patriots peacefully counter-demonstrating in Virginia reaped the consequences of the hate-mongers spittle that corrupts weak minds, coupled with possible other trouble-makers deliberately inciting violence, resulted in a life lost and other decent persons being injured.
The leader of our country is thought by some citizens to have betrayed our nation’s values once again. He did so by not immediately unequivocally condemning those groups with whom the individual reportedly responsible for the death and injuries identified himself.
Providing/promoting equality, demonstrating moral, ethical values with the ideals on which our nation was founded to preserve our constitutional democratic republic is what our government’s leadership should be about. We need to question whether or not our President is doing so based on his words and actions to date.
I learned we will see about 60% of the sun eclipse here in Southern California. Fortunately, I was the recipient of the appropriately safe glasses to be able to directly view the moon and sun dance. Their dance will begin around 9 a.m. here, reaching peak for us about 10:20 a.m., then ending about 11 a.m. I have only to hope we won’t have cloud cover interfering with my observing the event. Oh, well!