Monday, January 29, 2018

MIGHT HAVE TO DO IT

Today is Auckland Anniversary Day, so as we come under that 'area' as such, it's a holiday.
Stew is home... a long weekend for him and many others.

We are having a little problem with Marley.  She won't stop barking at night, so we've been locking all the dogs in the garage at night, instead of letting them come and go outside through the dog door in the garage.

Today we are probably going to buy her a bark collar.  We simply can't let her upset the neighbours at night.

We don't like it when our neighbour's dog barks all the time, so we will not inflict our dog's noise on anyone. (pity our neighbour doesn't seem to care about their dog annoying us!)

I know many people think it's cruel to put bark collars on a dog... but it's that or be locked inside all the time.  Coco wears one intermittently.  She can go 2-3 days at a time without it on, then she realises she can bark without consequences, and she goes NUTS barking at anything and everything.

I only have to put the collar on her for a day or so and she stops again.  It's a vicious cycle, but a necessary one.   Seriously, Coco barks even when Stew comes home from work... she knows it's him ffs!

So, I will get another one for Marley.  Denim isn't barking much SO FAR.  

We don't have any plans for the day other than getting the collar... Brylee needs to return a school bag she bought in Auckland, it's too small.  Luckily she got it from The Warehouse, so can return it to the Hamilton store while we are in there today.

And well... that's it for now.  Catch ya later.

ONWARD...

1.23 pm:  Back from town.  New school bag bought, plus new school shoes X's 2, school socks,  plus the bark collar, lead and harness. So a successful trip.

It's shaping up to be another mega hot day.  There is no wind to speak of, it's just stifling.

I lost a filling while having lunch.  Freaked me out utterly!  I am PETRIFIED of going to the dentist.  I've not been to one in over 25 years.  My teeth are in a bad way all over.  I'm shitting myself.  I've had toothache for ages now... both sides, top and bottom.  I'm not sure what way to go.  Try and fix them all ($$$$$$) or have them pulled out and get false teeth ($$$$$). Either way I'm between a rock and a hard place.  

It's keeping me awake at night.  Probably explains all my headaches too.  *sigh*

I have the shits.  I just sent an email to a dental center here in Cambridge.  Explained my predicament, my fear, and so on.  I suppose I will hear back from them during the week.  I am literally shitting myself.
Last time I went to the dentist they had to sedate me, I was that scared and upset.  FUCK.

edit:  I didn't tell them I'm a 'bleeder' of unknown reason.  Let's leave that little gem of information for the face to face meeting!  I'm scared that if I have to get my teeth pulled out I could bleed to death!  Yep.  Tried that a few times before.

Right, thanks for the reassurances about the dentist... I will keep them all in mind while I await the reply from the email I sent today. 
I doubt I will be getting much sleep from now on though.
What am I saying?  I've been having nightmares about it for the past few months already!

29 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Gidday I just had George groomed to a Number One prior to that she was barking at night possibly too hot now not a peep out of her phew! George's Mum

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  2. I totally understand your fear of dentists. Its been about 25 years since I went, almost 28 years since the previous one when they said I needed a root canal. That tooth lasted 2 yearsafter which I walked in and said take it out because Im not coming back.
    I havent either but I think when I do it will be to take the lot out.

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  3. I know exactly how you feel about the dentist, have not been in about 25 years either.

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  4. I am the same but honestly, from my heart, they are sooooo good nowadays with their new fangled tools and stuff. I am such a wuss that I get injections just to get a clean...dont feel a thing. Be brave....it'll be worth it.

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    1. I hate the scraping feeling but I am also afraid of needles so it's a no win for me either way - oh & the gas makes me feel sick :-(

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    2. I. HATE. IT. ALL.

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    3. But they have stuff to numb all your bits so if you shut your eyes you can't see the needle anyway. Trouble with that is you tend to over spit when it's time to spit (now they do it by suction) and I over did it and spat up the wall.... I thought it was hilarious. ..the dentist, not so much 🤣

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  5. I just had a tooth surgically removed and I swear, it did not hurt. Might be why it cost over $1000 but I was gobsmacked at how painless it was. No guarantee but hopefully they will help you feel as comfortable as possible no matter what needs doing. Good luck xx

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    1. Lucky you... time will tell what has to happen with my teeth... I just pray it's not too painful or too expensive! Probably will be both though knowing my luck.

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  6. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Ho Chris, I understand your fear completely, a dentist told me ages ago not to get my tongue in the way or he’d drill it; I didn’t go to a dentist until I worked in health care and saw how awful life is for older people with teeth issues. Now I go annually and my teeth now are all good, I’ve had 5 crows because I don’t want fiddly bits in my mouth just want a clean mouth, nothing hurts having dental work done now nothing, the nurse holds my tongue with an instrument so I do have to worry about it, Jo

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    1. I still remember the horror and pain of going to the school dental clinic in primary school, then the dentist during college...hence my fear. I wish I wasn't so scared, it keeps me awake at night, it is my BIGGEST FEAR.

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    2. Mine too but it is soooooooo not like primary school dental nurses ...i promise 💛

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    3. Anonymous1:07 AM

      Yes the dentist was no fun when we were kids, it’s like they had permission to do their worst, the dentist who scared my life died a long time ago. I love my teeth now and can smile knowing they look ok, you will be absolutely amazed at how different it is now right down to the chairs,good luck but you’ll be fine. Jo

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  7. im hoping this year to get mind out nad dentures not many left to pull but suppose it will still cost heaps

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  8. Anonymous6:44 PM

    I am with you on fear of the dentist. I have always had horizon teeth and problems. I have been going to a periodontist for deep cleanings , every three months, for 20 years. More than that. When I was in college a dentist told me I would likely lose my teeth by the time I was 30. So I started the 4 deep cleanings ayear. That gave me 20 years. Now, I need more
    extensive work. I refuse to get dentures. So, I have been traveling to costa rica to get implants. Dental vacations are a thing, in countries where dental work is so expensive. My costa Rican oral surgeon is fabulous. The cost will be about 11,000 usd for work that would fix all of my teeth, top, and bottom. I got a quote in the USA of 13,000 dollars to get two implants. Oh, and in costa rica, you get a blue pill. It works great and takes the anxiety away.

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    1. Costa Rica is just a bit far away for me! But glad you find it works for you.

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    2. It's about 3000 miles away for me! But, I have a massive fear of dentures. And this is the only way I can afford implants. It is insane that going to a country 3000 miles away is cheaper than going to my local dentist. But it is!

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  9. Anonymous7:13 PM

    Hi Chris

    Having dental problems can cause infections (periodontal disease)= (heart issues) and sore gums etc, is very dangerous to our health..it is such a good idea to keep as many teeth as you can, so that your gums don't shrink etc, always best to keep your own teeth...you have a lovely smile and it will be so worth having everything done...I have spent a lot of time at the dentist and the oral surgeon and it never hurts, you just need to think when you are sitting in the chair that in 30 minutes you will be out the door again standing in the sunlight..your wallet will just be a bit lighter...lol

    Cheers Peta

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    1. I'd rather have shrinking gums than having to go to a dentist again and again... seriously! My mum has had dentures (top and bottom) since she was a very young woman and has had no trouble with her gums. She got new dentures recently and looks a million bucks!

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    2. Anonymous11:19 PM

      My mum has had dentures since she was about 14 and is older than your mum. She doesn’t seem to have an issue with her gums either
      Dee

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  10. I was shocked at your 25 years... and then I read the other comments here! Wow. I just went back after 2 years and I thought that was ages... I too hate dentists but the alternative is much, much worse. I find going to the hygienist is the best - nothing like getting all the plaque and tartar removed to let your teeth get healthy. Your bleeding thing is another issue, not sure what you can do about that but I'm sure something can be done.. good luck :)

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  11. Not actually sure how dentists work with issues like that, but I know if kids need extensive dental work they arrange for it all to be done at once under general - maybe they could use that approach with you? As you'd be in a proper surgery too, then the bleeding problem could be addressed immediately if it happened.

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    1. Well that is something to discuss with the dentist for sure. I'd like that... knock me out!

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    2. They knocked my sister out for two implants, hope something like that can be done for you xx

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  12. Hi Chris - sorry about your tooth - I can absolutely relate to that feeling of fear when a filling falls out - so awful. I hate going to the dentist too but am more scared of losing any more teeth as I've already lost a couple and I really don't like the thought of dentures. I've been to some really lovely dentists over the last 10 years or so and I always let them know beforehand that I don't want to be there lol and they have all been really gentle and reassuring, especially the nurses who even hold my hand and tell me to raise my hand if I need a break or if anything hurts etc and honestly even the needles don't hurt like they used to - I remember the horror of school dental clinics too and I think that's where a lot of us developed our fear of dentists. I like the idea of general anaesthetic - my youngest son had several teeth removed and filled this way when he was a child and it was such a relief to get it all done at once. Good luck with your decision - I hope you find that visiting the dentist is not as bad as it used to be and I'm sure there'll be a solution that will work for you. Thanks for the great blog btw - you're very inspiring. Deb

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  13. Off to the dentist today as a matter of fact. Always a dread as they constantly look for work to be done. Good luck with your dental exam. Keep well.

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  14. Oh man you saw me when I had to get my tooth pulled and you know what I'm like with needles. Haha that's what put me into labour with archer. you'll be fine well depending on what they need to do. 😂😂 if you need a hand to hold let me know xx

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  15. I used to be scared shitless of going to the dentist! 13 years ago, I was in a car accident and both my 2 front teeth were broken off at the gum area...I had surgical removal of the roots and 2 implants placed, all done in 2 hours just with IV sedation...I had little to no after pain..some Tylenol a couple of times...all was fine and I now still have 2 beautiful front teeth all these years later. After fixing my budget so I could afford to buy/keep dental insurance, I have for past 13 yrs. gone every 6 months for cleaning....My teeth have remained healthy because I have worked to keep them that way...a rare cavity filled, with novocaine, but that's all. I will just say if I ever have to have any more teeth removed, I will have implants again....I will not have false dentures as so many fitting and comfort problems! Implants all the way, I say. I'm a RN and will add that good dental care helps prevent heart disease...sounds odd, I know, but it is a true fact. Good luck!

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  16. Dentists I do know this much once you find a good one mine is lovely very gentle late tooth extraction when he said all done I said what already! Never felt a thing only then Jab from the needle

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