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Root Canal

I started to see some temperature sensitivity in one of my teeth.  #14 to be exact.

After 4 years of going to Baylor and it taking 4-5 visits of half a day each, I've decided to go back to a private dentist.  Monarch to be exact.  I don't have the best dental insurance (I've had that, but it's expensive), but I have decent.  Price is about the same and I don't have to handle the paper work.

I liked the general dentist and they are sending me to their specialist for the root canal.  I'll go back to the general dentist for the temporary and crown, right after.  Not a lot different than the dental college, but a lot faster time frame.  

I've got a call out to the dental college and I am hoping I can get my records.  

Best news is that I am not in pain.

Day 1 of Plumbing Repair

It's been estimated at just under $19,000 and 5 days.

They showed up on time.  They have huge piles of dirt in front of the house and in the back of the house and they just keep getting bigger.  The dog run is gone.  I locked the dog door a bit ago.  I've got a x-pen up.

I have been doing business with this company for a few years.  I'm always afraid a company will go bad, like AAA-Auger did, but everyone keeps telling me they are good.  

Basically they are putting two tunnels under the house, and rerouting the waste system and building a new one.  Plumbing hasn't been working right for two months.

I was going to take two dogs with me to dog agility but they had me leave the front door unlocked, the back door unlocked and the garage door open.  That freaked me out, as there were two things in the house I can't replace.  Macy and Dulce.

I took them with me.

The stress wasn't good for me.  I ate a quarter of my lunch and now my blood sugar is dropping.  I am eating gummy bears now.

Celebrex Weirdness

Friday I had a bunch of injections in my knee.  Dextrose, I believe.

It has not affected my blood sugar and my knee is not bothered me.  They asked me to not take my Celebrex as it would affect healing.

Guess what?  I don't feel any different pain wise without the Celebrex 

Weirder is that I asked my primary care physician two years ago if I should get off of it and he said no.


I can go back on it if I need it, but it is looking like I don't.

Dexcom issue solved -- sort of

I have been having trouble with the Dexcom G6 staying on me for the full ten days. 

A lot of us have been having this issue, according to Dr Google ;)

I have figured out the overlay tape doesn't last the full 10 days either.  So I have been putting the sensor on, then just about when the tape starts coming up, add overlay tape.

I have even had to trim the overlay and put a second layer on it, but that usually does the trick.  I think we can get overlay tape free from Dexcom, as they did send me one packet, but I have bee using a tape on bought on Amazon and leaving the Dexcom for emergencies.  It's in my bag in case I have an issue when I'm out and about.

Modoma - The new answer

I’ve hinted about this place in two previous posts.

They are on Inwood Rd, just across from the Galleria.

I can’t get over how clean and nice this gym is.  It’s small, not a lot of space and they specialize in group private training.  Group private training has been 4 trainers on one person, or one trainer with 4 people, or anything in between.

They have a 6 week challenge, which is there way to attract members.  It isn’t cheap, and they suggest training three times a week.  They focus on core training, where my phyiscal theory has focused on my injuries.  They are also really big on off days.  They have classes MWF or TTS.  Closed on Sunday.

Their 6 week challenge is free if you lose enough weight (I don’t remember what the exact deal was) or reduces your monthly rate.  So far, I’ve lost about 10 pounds in 4 weeks.  

The challenge combines food advice with training.  Their food advice is a small box, but they are willing to adjust that box as needed.  With my lap band, following their box resulted in 900 calories yesterday.  Both I and the head trainer was concerned about going into starvation mode, so I’m opening the box up a bit.  I’m already at 804 calories today, so that’s good.


Wearing my Tom's Again

I love my Tom's and have a huge Tom's collection.  

However, the last time I wore my Tom's was walking to and from the Fort Worth Dog show and parking lot, I suffered a huge plantar fasciitis attack.  I went to an orthopedist first, the same one who solved my toe problem, but after three visits, I still couldn't walk without pain.

I went to North Dallas Pain and Wellness, with all my pain issues, and they resolved them.  Hand grip pain, knee pain and plantar fasciitis.  I finally got the courage to try the Toms again last week, and no pain!

However, now I'm suffering some back / hip pain.  After I got back from Portland I was 2" off, and now am down to 1/3" off.  

The things I think helped the most -- Physical Therapy -- I couldn't do most of the exercises I started, and now have full range of motion, stem therapy in the knees, and ultrasound in the feet.  


Maybe Found the Answer

I keep looking.  Weight loss help.

I have been stuck and it’s hard to find the answer. 

I know I can’t do it on my own. 

I tried a company that heavily advertising in the area but their plan doesn’t fit with the lap band. Plus they were punishing. 

Jenny Craig worked until they celebrated my half goal accomplishment. That backfired and it wasn’t even my half way goal.  They work better if you are not preparing food for someone else. 

I tried a doctor from my current medical group and their weight loss classes and it was too punishing again. You turned in your log and the nutritionist was negative on food choices and didn’t afford alternatives. 

This one is very close.  Includes both a diet that is easy to follow and personal training. 

Keeping track of injections

I do great organizing my pills and I finally figured out to keep track of my injections. 

I use a sharpie and put a date on each pen needle. I pull out the tab and put them in the an old plastic cap from a Walgreens nut jar.  

Nicely organized and I can tell from a glance if I took my injection.