So here is the back story to the front story. If you have been reading my blog or know me at all, you know I had cancer 25 years ago. I had Stage 3 Hodgkin’s and had 7 months of chemo. During that time I was told that the chemo could affect my teeth and gums and not on the short but the long term. Weakened teeth was one of them. Of course, like the champion I am, I had all the side effects I could have from the chemo. Weakened teeth, infertility, heart muscle damage. Yeah, and a couple more good measure.
Tooth number 3 (did you know your teeth have numbers… me either) has been an issue for a long time. About 4 years after chemo, I bit down on a green pepper and splintered #3. Went to the dentist, not much to do but to “watch it”. Tell me how you watch a tooth? Anywho… Five years after that my Godson Brett hit me in the face with a baseball. #3 broke in half. Went to Dentist, had root canal, and got a crown. That crown failed about 8 years later. New root canal and new crown. Then there was yesterday.
During my team meeting, we played a game with Starbursts, so I ate some. I saved the orange one until last because it is the best. Then I noticed that there was something hard in my mouth and my tooth was gone. Yes, almost all gone. Except for what I was holding in my hand. Oh, crap! I got up from my meeting and called my dentist. Thankfully, they got me in that afternoon.
The news at the dentist was not good. Oral surgery, post implant, new crown, and here I am with no #3 tooth and the prospect of over $5K in dental work. I blame my godson Brett and he owes me the money. Just kidding. We knew this tooth was going to be a problem and that it was a matter of time. I did not want it to be that way of course but it is what it is. We (and I love this part because I am no longer on my own) will figure it out. I have the best support in the world. I am not mad at the chemo; it saved my life 25 years ago. Just goes with the territory of surviving and living.
So… I ate a Starburst Wednesday and lost a tooth. Just another speed bump in my journey.