Golden Lucy's Spiral Journal

Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Back to the Denture

The days have been golden here in the Rockies but something's rotten in Lucy. A few days ago I woke up with one of my lonely molars dangling precariously from my upper jaw. "Lovely," I thought glumly as I jammed it back up there with a blob of Fixodent. However, since the tooth anchored my partial I supposed now I'd have to trudge back into the dentist and submit to Dr. Letha's Dreaded Dental Discipline. This is where she reminds me she told me so. It's true. She did. But I didn't want to be reminded. I just wanted her to fix it---quick and cheap.

Carole had already left for the dog park with Samthegranddog. I called her on her cell to tell her to come home and and take me to the dentist. I wanted the moral support and besides I can't see very well when my teeth are falling out. She was testy when she answered my call.

"Darn it!" she exclaimed. "I just got hemorrhoid cream all over the steering wheel!" (Normally one might wonder how such a thing would be possible---let alone probable. However, I know Carole uses Preparation H on her eyes and hands to tighten up the skin. I just don't understand why she does it in the car.) In any case, annoyed or not, she came home to get me.

Dr. Letha was leaving for the Bahamas the following day but squeezed me in before she left. She wasn't happy. I wasn't either---I hate losing parts. I'd rejected her previous treatment plan on the grounds I'd be dead and broke before it could all be completed. However, with the exception of a bit o' pain and depression I seem to be chugging right along. Besides, I'm pretty sure my mood isn't going to be improved by gaping holes in my smile.

So I've decided to go ahead with the Lucy Dental Improvement Plan. As I may have mentioned, I intend to attend the Blogher convention in Chicago next summer. Now I won't even have to worry about keeping my mouth shut. You've been warned.


  • At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Claude said…

    Lucy, nothing could make you keep your mouth shut ;)
    Another post I just loved!
    I learnt a good many things from you and Carol. For example, I didn't know Preparation H was good for your hands! ;)
    Anyway, I always think that I am helping my dentist (and other doctors and oncologists and whatever) fix their roof. But I see that you are helping yours take a (no doubt well deserved) vacation in the Bahamas!
    Aren't we generous people?

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger bunnygirl said…

    I hope you get your dental problems fixed quickly and with a minimum of pain and expense!

    Hilarious about the Preparation H! I had heard that models use it to get rid of eye puffiness, but getting it on the steering wheel is classic!

    I hope your Turkey Day is fabulous!

  • At 7:37 AM, Anonymous notdotdot said…

    Lucy, you are a tonic! Too bad you can't give you to yourself!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said…

    Did the steering wheel shrink?

    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Lucy!!

  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    They say..."If your teeth and feet feel good...that's half the battle." Get those teeth fixed Lucy...we want whatever it takes to keep you in rare form. could NEVER talk too much. (Tho, Carole may disagree.)

    Gadzooks...Preparation H for the eyes...huh! Could that confuse someone as to "which end is up?"

  • At 12:47 PM, Blogger Miss Cellania said…

    Preparation H on the steering wheel? That line made me cackle so much, my kids ran in to see what the problem was!

    And I never knew you could glue a real tooth back in with Fixodent. You learn something new every day.

  • At 3:00 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    (HAHA - did the steering wheel shrink?) THAT Mike!

    Lucy, the same thing happened to mr. kenju and his dentist said "I told you so" too! Hope it doesn't hurt too much. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Maria said…

    Bob just paid 6,000 dollars for hearing aids. Add that to the dentures he had replaced when our dog stole the others and his cataract surgery, he says he must have one of the most expensive heads in California.

    Good luck with the tooth renovation project.

  • At 7:55 PM, Blogger Mildred Garfield said…

    Thanks for mentioning how Carol uses Preperation H. I had heard about it a while ago but did not put it to that use.

    Good tip, I'll try it, I just might like it!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Alan G said…

    As always, you leave me laughing with your adventures....or relating the adventures of others, as the case may be. Without your explanation of the actual destination of the Preparation H, the visions of possibilities are mind boggling.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Coll said…

    I hope your dental problems are soon far from your thoughts and you have nothing to show for your troubles but a big wide smile. :-)

    Hmmm.. preparation H for the eyes.. I may just try that. :-)

  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Bev Sykes said…

    "I just got hemorrhoid cream all over the steering wheel" has got to be one of my all-time favorite blog lines! (I also understand completely about the "Dreaded Dental Discipline"...kept me from a dentist for 20 years. I'm better now)

  • At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Terri said… really ARE a You always have me chucking. I have a feeling you're going to be around for a good long time, so glad you'll have your repair done and be able to smile with confidence.
    LOVE the beauty tip from Carole! Now that's one I've never heard of before. (Rushing out to purchase Prep H)

  • At 3:25 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    LOL, LOL...Well, dear Lucy...No matrter what is happening to you, your sense of humor is in tact! One might even say--your sense of humor is alive and well and living proof that no matter what happens to know how to view it with humor! Bless you dear Lucy....I hope you have a lovely day today, my dear....HAPPY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  • At 4:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The mouth can indeed be a money pit... but after you spend all that money, you HAVE to use it at every occasion!

  • At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Thanksgiving Lucy!

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger joared said…

    You wrote: "I can't see very well when my teeth are falling out." I thought you said it was a molar falling out -- not your eye teeth? ;-) (I know it's a bad joke on my part.)

    Hope you do what it takes to keep your teeth. But, whatever happens don't ever stop talking -- and writing!

    Hope the Thanksgiving holiday is special and enjoyable for you and family.

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Chancy said…

    Oh, poor Lucy. I am sorry you had that dental problem.

    I am still trying to figure out Carole and the Prep H cream on the steering wheel. Perhaps she can make tighter left turns when she uses the cream on the steering wheel.

    Do you suppose?

  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger GUYK said…


    I have this great dental plan..when they go bad get them pulled and when they are all pulled gum mashed potatoes and ice cream until my mouth is healed enough to use a set of fake choppers.

    I have some vices but vanity is not one of them..I have this real nice toothless grin that I throw at people I don't like every once in a while...

  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger Ginnie said…

    What a lead up to Thanksgiving. I hope you were able to enjoy the meal. I tried that Preparation H thing under my kindof worked (tightening the skin) but I hated the smell and feel of it. Ugh. Now I'm more of the idea that I pay tribute to each and every wrinkle...I worked hard for them.

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