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Teeth and Poor Choices

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Yesterday was notable for several reasons. 1) I emailed my manuscript in to the editors at my publishing house and now will be waiting for their report.
And 2) I went to NY for some blood work and also a visit to the dentist. I have Sjogrens Disease which messes with your body's ability to produce fluids....Saliva, tears, you get the picture. The lack of saliva rots your teeth. Six months ago I had no cavities. Then came my diagnosis and the now, I found I had four cavities. So yesterday he filled the four. I have to brush my teeth every time I eat and also must floss. I had bought a water pik with the sonic toothbrush and found out that the water irrigation feature can destroy your gums if you aren't careful. PLUS you still have to floss even with that. grrrr. My big problem I KNOW is that I snack in the middle of the night. I have to stop that or I won't have any teeth left.

Yesterday after the dentist ...my dad and I went to Friendly's to eat dinner. I won't tell you what I had because I'm too ashamed. And the bad part was that I didn't even enjoy it. Lately when ever I go to a restaurant and I decide what I want to eat and the waitress comes ...and I panic. I forget what I wanted and I look at the menu and order the first thing that comes to my eyes. I've had some really bad meals that way. I don't know what my problem is. I need to have the guts to tell the waitress I'm not ready. This waitress was really pushing us last night. She came by three times in ten minutes to ask if we were ready to order....and I really wasn't.

Then to put the cap on a busy day...we got stuck in traffic on the highway going home due to road construction ...so we got off the high way to take the backroads...us and everyone else. It took us two hours instead of one hour to get home. That was a really long day.

And for the past week Spark People has not even been on my radar.
I'm sorry to all of you who depend on me....members of the RAD team etc. I will try to get back on the ball this week.

Have a good weekend all of you.
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  • _LINDA
    Sorry to hear about your teeth woes and the new diagnosis :-(( You might want to converse with MEXGAL1 as she has a lot of experience with that disease..it also wreaks havoc with the GI tract where she has had a lot of trouble :-( I have very sensitive gums and a water pik is like torture to me, couldn't stand getting that done :-((
    About the restaurant thing -if there is any way to see the menu beforehand (whether online or just familiarity) you need to pre select what you will have before you get there, and only check the menu to see if they have it then close it right away and then just order it. Remember you have the right to order healthy substitutions rather than what they offer on an entree -grilled instead of fried, baked potato instead of mashed, brown rice instead of white, etc.
    All the best with it!
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    2222 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your Manuscript being accepted, I'm so thrilled for you, Cheering you on my friend...

    Sounds like quite the day with everything else that filled up your day...

    God's Blessings my friend, keep me posted on your Manuscript...This is so exciting!

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    2227 days ago
  • JANISMKW
    Dear Cyn, it does no good to beat yourself up, really. Sorry you had such a long, rough day with traffic, dentistry, pushy waitress and all. You must be exhausted.

    Learning things like how to order healthy things in restaurants and that you don't feel good after eating heavy food are knowledge you'll have for life... it's one day, one meal, one snack at a time, isn't it?

    About oral care, I heard on Dr. Oz that brushing right after meals can erode tooth enamel.... they said you should wait 30 minutes after eating for the enamel to re-harden. Good luck with the night snacks, I know it's a a battle you're fighting.

    Congrats again on having your manuscript accepted by a publisher! So great!
    2240 days ago
  • LUNADRAGON
    I got the SparkPeople app on my phone and it has helped me remember to log in, even if I haven't read or written blogs every day, I have logged in this way for 63 days, so I am grateful.
    Hey, so cool about your book.
    Deborah
    2240 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    My bil also has Sjogren's, so I kind've know that it's not all fun and games. I'm really feeling for you and hope that your days can go better. Don't worry about not being around with SP. We understand that one can't be here every moment of the day! I know what you mean about making bad choices too. I do that too, way too often. I get tired of salads all the time! And some of them aren't very healthy either. We'll just keep taking one day at a time and do our best at the time. You can get more guts with the waitresses. I know you can! They should be very used to people taking their time. That's what people do when they eat out because it's special. Sometimes we know what we're craving too, and can work it in. Love and hugs to you Sweets, Karen
    2240 days ago
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