I have not been feeling well. Physically, I have two infections or bugs that are not debilitating, but are letting me know they are there, lurking, in my body, taking up space and energy. Minor in other words.
Plus, of course, the abscessed tooth. I consulted with a second dentist on Thursday who proposed two options, one being to pull the tooth although it appears dentists don't advocate that option nowadays unless it is absolutely necessary.
I recall that my Gram had all her teeth pulled and wore dentures. I always thought getting dentures was a horrible thing dentists convinced elders would be a great option, whether necessary or not. But I may be wrong. At least they don't seem to do it as much nowadays.
As a total side note-- when I worked for the Department of Mental Health in a halfway house for the mentally ill there was also an adult mentally handicapped woman there with no teeth. One of the counselors told me that when she was a child she bit people so they pulled all her teeth. Can this possibly be true?? She had no dentures but loved to eat and somehow managed.
Speaking of mental conditions I have been also a bit crazed in the head. One day running around doing 50 different things, up in other words and the next feeling depressed and down and (oft repeated refrain) as if I will never get out of this frozen tundra, no way. No energy. Where is the nurse to take care of me, kinda thing. Nurse Ratched. Hotlips Houlihan.
Up and down, up and down. According to my Mom, I've been like that since I was a child and I used to drive her crazy. Most of the time I am pretty stable. So what's happening? I talk in person once a week with my son, and for 6 weeks once a week on the phone with the Refresh Your Creativity group but otherwise I talk to nary a soul. Maybe it's some kind of cabin fever. Where is the thermometer to measure that!
Finally I got myself outside for a walk and it was bracing and refreshing. I haven't walked much this year though I walked a lot the first two winters I was up here. Above photos are the frozen pond. Note the bird's nest in tree in the second photo.