Mar 5, 2018

'Ello, 'ello, 'ello!

I can't believe it's March.

I can't believe the last few months have been a whirlwind of craziness - but not in a good way.

Our Christmas was quiet and sad.  With my sister and her children in England, we missed Dennis even more.  It is easy to be distracted when there is a full house, much harder when it's just the three of us.  The boys and I were quite melancholy and reflective. It was not a bad Christmas, just not a very cheerful one.

Since about September I've been having a problem with one of my wisdom teeth. It had a cavity that could not be filled because of the location of the tooth and the side that cavity was on was not reachable with the dental tools.  After some consults, it seemed the best thing to do was to have all four wisdom teeth removed as 2 others had small cavities that would only get worse as time goes on.  I have always had a hard time flossing and brushing my wisdom teeth because they are so far back in my mouth and even the hygienist(s) always say how hard it is. 

So...I set the appointment for January 18 and off I went.  The days following the surgery were not as painful as I thought, I was taking T3 only at night to help me sleep and some anti-inflammatories for the swelling in my face.  By the 4th day it was obvious that although the healing in my mouth was progressing, my right jaw was extremely painful. It was hard to chew, hard to talk, hard to brush my teeth, even the whole side of my face felt like I had a sinus infection - but only that side. It was like an invisible line down the middle of my head.  The inflammation on that side was still evident compared to the left side.  Several doctor's appointments later, it was determined that my jaw had been hyperextended during the surgery and I am waiting for an MRI to determine if the tendons are just inflamed or torn.  As the weeks go by, the pain has settled to a dull ache and if I am careful and do not open my mouth too wide, it's manageable. Sometimes I forget when I am brushing my teeth and that sets off pain that lasts 2-3 days.

I am no longer taking any pain meds or anti-inflammatories so some days my patience is worn thin from the constant pain and my sleep is not great.  All of this contributes to my blood sugar being higher than normal (although this week I am finally seeing "normal" numbers again for the first time since all this started so I'm hopeful that I at least have that under control again.

I have not been to WW since the day before the dental surgery.  My clothes fit ok but I am feeling sluggish and bloated so I am sure there is some weight gain around my middle, especially since my blood sugar has been high for over 7 weeks.

I recently had my other blood work done and my cholesterol numbers were good with my A1C at 8.2, where I try to keep it under 7.  So there is some catch up to do.

Eating - I have not been tracking but have been trying to be mindful. Mindful does not work for me as I tend to forget from day to day what I've eaten and there is no balance as there is when I am tracking religiously.

I have been walking about 30 min every other day but that is also something I need to get back into.

There's a lot of personal stuff going on at home and with extended family as well so I have been distracted and pre-occupied and not focusing on the stuff I need to keep on top of EVERY SINGLE DAY, for weight loss to be consistent and sustainable.

What's next? I have no idea.


  1. Welcome back. So sorry to hear about your medical troubles. I am sure you know that injury, and healing from it, raises blood glucose, so don't beat yourself up. Same with impaired sleep. We also need extra protein when healing, so don't forget that. Keep feeling better.
    ~ Wendy

  2. Glad to see a post from you, but sorry to hear about everything going on. It seems like your dentist should be helping out more to ease the pain, considering it happened during surgery. I hope it all heals up fast, and that you get relief.

  3. Mouth pain is very annoying and it affects so much of our day to day life! Eating, sleeping, smiling, talking, just general enjoyment of life. It sucks the happiness out of everything. I'm sorry you are having these issues and hope everything gets resolved.

  4. Oof. Tooth/mouth issues are the worst! Hoping you are back to 100% quickly!

  5. Glad you're back, sorry you're having such a horrible time!!! Really hope they sort things out quickly and I'm impressed you're still trying to be mindful - you are so strong

  6. Sending you healing vibes for mouth and heart! I hope they figure out what the deal is soon, chronic pain is a drag on every bit of your life. Staying mindful is good; your lack of focus is expected, and you're doing the best you can. Glad you are back.

  7. Glad to see you. But it's not good to be in so much pain. I hope it gets better soon. This year has started off rough for me too.

    Hang in there, sounds like you're on the mend and you'll be back on track soon.