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Xeno zombie cyborg tooth

Until this tooth was pulled, I had no idea how much I used it for every day chewing. I'm on day seven of soft foods now, and I don't really see an end in sight. Yesterday, I moved away from soup towards old fashioned Kraft mac and cheese. Anything else I've tried that involves actual chewing has not really rendered good results. My antibiotics stop tonight, and I have a follow up appointment with my dentist next week to see how things are going and to pull the stitches. It's been hell trying to avoid poking at the hole with my tongue. After that, it's a few months of waiting to make sure that the graft material took and then the attachment of a crown to the metal root that they implanted into my jawbone.

"Graft material" what a pleasant, clinical term for bone and cell structure taken from somebody else. I pointedly declined to ask from whom mine was derived. It could be synthetic. But it's more likely animal or cadaver derived. This would make my new tooth not only a cyborg tooth, but a zombie cyborg tooth, possibly a xeno zombie cyborg tooth. Cool. I hope whoever had this bone material first doesn't mind too much that I'm using it. I also hope very much that my own body doesn't mind that I'm using it.

In other news, there's not much going around the home front these days. We're anxiously waiting for next week to be over, because we're hauling ass to New Mexico for ten days. Partially because it's cheap, partially because I need to burn vacation time, partially because I love, love, love New Mexico and haven't been in four years, and partially because Graham wants to get the hell out of the summer swamp and into the mountain air. We're not going to make it to Burning Man this year, which sucks, but we'll get over it. And I think having a non-Burner honest to goodness vacation will be good for us. I know that I can't wait to sit around and do nothing in the mountains for ten days.


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Aug. 9th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hm. I wonder if you will start having dreams of the life of the person whose tooth stuff you have... You might turn into a zombie; do you have zombie insurance?

Aug. 9th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
If you haven't yet set your plans for New Mexico, may I recommend the Smokey Bear home and museum? It's near Lincoln on Hwy 60, and it's super-adorable. It's maybe a 2-hour stop in the middle of your road day.
Aug. 9th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Just in case it's something you'd be interested in -- you know you can puree just about anything, and most of them are pretty tasty? It's very common in nursing homes -- toss the entree in the machine, thin a bit with tomato juice, broth, water, juice, milk, whatever goes with, and serve for patients who can't chew. That way they get a lot more variety. YOu can puree to a goop consistency (more fun if you want to do separate sides, like enchilada, beans, rice or meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans) or go all the way to a drinkable consistency if you prefer.

Burritos can be yummy too. (I may, possibly, be having a crisis of "OMG I can't eat the mexican food I grew up with now that I can't have tomatoes, peppers, corn, or gluten. AND I WANT THEM!!!)
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Aug. 10th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I don't know it's number, but it's fifth back on the upper right side. I had it done a week ago today.

Aug. 10th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yay, New Mexico! I always dreamed of going back--you'll have a beautiful time. :)
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