August 9th, 2010

health care

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.