Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where things just continue to spin out of control. First off, before I...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where things just continue to spin out of control. First off, before I forget, Happy Mother’s Day… Belated, but I finally remembered, and I was doing so great staying current with the holidays. Anyway, last week I was telling the story of the missing bolt and how I was kind of feeling off-center the whole week; well, things just continue to drop and I do mean “literally” drop. I was eating some Fritos last night and I suddenly felt this hard thing in my mouth. A crown had broken off. The next day my dentist confirmed my worst fears that it was one of the crowns he had just worked on a few weeks ago. There were cavities on two of my crowns. One required complete removal and replacement. The other tooth (the one that I am now holding in my hand): the dentist thought he could fix the cavity in-place; however, that just weakened the tooth, resulting in it breaking completely off. Which now means there is no place to put a new crown. He will have to build a bridge to fill in the gap. Still, that is not the end of the bad news. When you are on a roll… You are on a roll. This also means that the new crown he just put in would have to come off, as well as the older one on the other side of the “gap.”

Then there is one more bit of news. My partial that I have; well, that tooth is the one it hooked into. So, I cannot wear my partial, and to add insult to that injury, it will have to be replaced as well. My dentist will get to go to the Bahamas this year First Class, and I will get to go to the poor house. I do have dental insurance, but it will cover less than half of the total bill. I guess there goes the little savings program I started to get another car by the end of the year.

Oh yes, almost forgot… to cover the gap in my teeth, my dentist came up with a novel idea. He cut grooves in the two side crowns plus the broken crown. Then, in that groove, he put wire (the kind used to make braces) and cemented it all together. So I literally have one tooth just sitting on my gum held in place with wire. So far it has held, but there is definitely no chewing on that side. A lot of soft food until they can get me back in for the restructuring project. Always something!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.” – Maxim Gorky

KEEPING SCORE
Passed a car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart that had like a dozen of those little pictures of people on the back window. Intrigued, I approached the elderly lady who was putting a few groceries bags in the back of her car. “Pardon me. I could not help but notice the large family that you have. A lot of them are grandkids?” I asked. She looked at me and gave me a nod of disinterest.” Nah…no family…just a record of the number I’ve hit.” (And by the look in her eye I believed her!)

That is all got for now. As always be good, do good, play safe and remember to take good care of your teeth. It is always pay me now or pay me a lot more latter.

JR