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I guess it’s appropriate that it’s a Monday and overnight a cold front moved through Dallas bringing cool, damp, rainy weather with it. It’s the perfect morning to get some things off my desk then to spend the afternoon in the dentist’s chair. The rainy weather is tough on my joints, so afterward I’m taking the rest of the day off, curl up in bed and watch “Twilight”. (I really don’t have a desire to see the movie, but I’m curious to see what all the fuss is about.)

I like my dentist. I’ve been going to him for about 25 years now, if that tells you anything. He’s what I call a “real” dentist. Some dentists in Dallas are more beauty parlors than medical offices.

I have a real problem getting numb. Novocaine doesn’t even start to work — we have to go straight to the “good” stuff. It normally numbs people for 6-8 hours. Last time, I timed it and I was completely unnumb in 1 hour, 45 minutes. Since we’re doing a molar and therefore have three “roots” to canal, I’m going to need an extra dose.

The medication has epinephrine in it which makes your heart race and your blood pressure rise. Not a good situation with someone like me who has hypertension.

Oh, well, it is what it is and I’ll get through this day. I’m just looking forward to a rainy afternoon off.

Thanks for checking in.