It’s All in the Teeth


Lola is licking again. I love my little baby princess beyond words, but she is driving me NUTS. She just licks everything, all day long. She’s been acting really weird too, constantly on high alert and barking at all noises. Last week, she tried to go after a big dog at the dog park. Most dogs, realizing that she’s a crazy bitch, tend to just back away. This dog was not interested in taking any of her shit. He lunged right back at her. Fortunately, the dog’s owner had just put him on his leash and was able to restrain him while I wildly and embarrassingly Phoebe-ran after Lola and picked her up. Had that not been the case, I think that might have been Lola’s last day on earth. I’m just not sure what to do with her. Gizmo, on the other hand, is the picture of health and happiness. He is stoked to be feeling normal and able to go on his morning walks. Win.


My latest ailment (let’s face it, this post is just complaining), is my teeth. For the last 6 months or so, I’ve had a very odd PMS symptom – my gums and teeth hurt. It’s a really strange pain that I can’t entirely put my finger on. It isn’t localized to one area of my mouth, it just sort of moves around. It’s almost like a burning sensation? It burns for a couple of days about 2 weeks before my period and then goes away completely until the next month. I had my 6-month cleaning with my dentist last month and asked him about it. He said that hormones can cause discomfort in the gums and teeth and that’s probably the issue because my mouth looks awesome. Cool. Well, this last month, it has been EVERY DAY. My mouth is just constantly on fire. Sweet ass sweet. I feel like I might have a sinus infection or something (even though I don’t really have any symptoms aside from my usual allergy-related snot production and a slight headache), but I don’t want to take the time and spend the money to go to the doctor just to have him look at me and tell me to take some Sudafed (which I will never again in my life take because it makes me crazy). It might also be related to my acid reflux, which has made a nice comeback  in the last month as well. I talked to my GI during my colonoscopy follow-up last week, and she said to give Zantac a try because it was safe to take if I’m trying to get pregnant. I’ve been taking that for 4 days and have seen absolutely zero difference, except that I’ve been constipated for the last 4 days. Not sure if the 2 are related, but it’s enough for me to be done with it. (Constipation for me is like a petty, 2-faced high school girl. It pisses me off and generally makes me cranky. I just don’t have time for that. You’re done.) A friend recommended Align, a probiotic with which she’s had some success. It has received good reviews, so I picked that up and started it today. I’m really hoping that helps with everything in my life.


On the upside, we’re getting ready to head to Deep Creek Lake with the dogs and some friends for a long weekend. Of course, there is a certain amount of stress for me in preparing to go away – packing clothes, food, the dogs; getting coverage at work; figuring out how to fit everything in the car; planning down to the minute when we’re going to get on the road. Real talk: I don’t know how to have fun without stressing about it first. This makes no sense. I’ve given up trying to figure it out or even fight it. It’s just part of my being. I have to plan, and I have to stress, and deep down I get a twisted sense of satisfaction out of it. Deal with it. I know for certain though that once we arrive and get settled and I’m floating on a raft in the middle of the lake with a drink in my hand, I will give no shits about packing, work, or my teeth, and Lola can lick me as much as she wants.

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