Fair warning – VENT and RANT ahead. For all of you guys who might come here to read or laugh at something funny, you might want to skip today. That’s okay…. My feelings won’t be hurt (well, they probably would but that’s okay too) you can come back tomorrow. I need to vent.
I am SO pissed I could bite nails in two. But, that might make the problem worse. I am not pissed at anyone but myself and believe me, if I could kick my own butt, I would, but, I think the pollen has probably got that part under control. I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack Truck and I sound like a man. I keep coughing up this nasty green yellow junk (I know… TMI) but why should that surprise me since I’m breathing it in. I have purposely been NOT going outside for like the last 4 or 5 days unless I absolutely HAVE to.
This pollen attack started while I was in Virginia last week. It seems every time I go home during the Spring (which is usually my favorite time of year), my allergies get worse. In fact, the last Spring that we lived there (I think 1992) I walked around all the time looking like I was crying. My eyes were constantly running, constant itchy eyes and scratchy throat. Last Friday night I had gotten sick and when I woke up Saturday morning my throat was sore and I thought it was from being sick Friday night but I guess all this mess was starting.
On the way through North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon, as I was driving down Interstate 85 between Durham and Greensboro, I noticed you could actually SEE the pollen in the air. Not blowing around on the road, even though you could see that too, I mean it actually looked like yellow rain. And that was when my gas light came on and I had to stop and get gas. Lucky me!
So, since then and since getting back to Atlanta it’s just been awful. I actually started taking Claritin again which I haven’t done in about 5 or 6 years. The pollen count here the other day was almost 6,000. I think they consider something like 120 or 130 high… so what the EFF is 6,000???? I know people who are usually unaffected by it are even having problems. But that’s not what I’m pissed about… and I promise the two stories do tie together!
To get to the source of my pissedoffedness (yeah, I just totally made that word up, get over it)…. This evening I was actually getting a jump on my blogginess by getting my Spin Cycle “assignment” ready early. I was actually going to post it tonight and I had transferred it to my blog site and saved it in my drafts and had it all ready to post it when IT happened. I was just sitting there watching a movie on TV minding my own business, when….
First let me back up (don’t you just hate when I do that? Get all random and jump around like that? Yeah, I hate it too)… Thursday night Hubby and I were watching TV (I swear we don’t really watch that much, it just happens that both times this happened I was). We had eaten dinner and I was taking my vitamins. I take those Viactiv Chewable Vitamins and Calcium Chews because to me it’s like getting to “cheat” and eat candy! The newest Calcium Chews I got are VERY chewy…. Like a piece of caramel, those Brach’s ones that stick to your teeth really bad? Anyway, I’m chewing the calcium when I bite down on something hard. My first thought is WTF???? My second thought is “Holy Crap, which one came off now?” You see… I have LOTS of caps and crowns in my mouth. In fact, I have more teeth that have caps and crowns than I have teeth that DON’T have caps and crowns…. So I immediately stop chewing and spit out this nasty mass of chocolately chewy caramelly sticky mess into my hand and sure enough… right there in the middle is one of my crowns! Holy Bat Crap! I extricate it from the sticky mess and run in the bathroom to clean it up and see if I can salvage it or if I have bitten it in two or something.
Thank goodness the crown is still intact! I brush and floss and clean out the tooth and see if it fits back in there still and it does! YAY!!!! So I go ahead and pop it back in and remind myself that I need to call the dentist ASAP on Friday morning and IF I’m gonna eat anything I gotta do it on the other side, just in case. I wake up Friday morning and I feel like skadoody warmed over. I can’t breathe, my eyes are swollen, my throat is scratchy and I just feel like crap. So, I decide I’m gonna take it easy and read my blogs and give the dentist time to open and start taking calls and then I’ll see if they can fit me in for an emergency appointment. Well…. Since this pollen is kicking my butt, it also seems to have zapped my brain cells because the next time I even think of calling the dentist is like 1:00 p.m. and they close I think at noon on Fridays. It’s not like I wasn’t up early… I was up at like 7:30. My brain was just in such a fog I forgot to call (see I told you they tied in) Well, that’s my story anyway. So, I’m thinking, it stayed in so well, no problem, I can just call them Monday morning!
All day Friday…. No problem. All day Saturday….no problem. All day Sunday…. No problem……. Until….. I am taking my vitamins and calcium AGAIN….. and I am PURPOSELY chewing on the OTHER side of my mouth so I have NO CLUE how it happened. Next thing I know, I’m feeling a little “breeze” that I shouldn’t be feeling on the left side of my mouth. I have HALF of the calcium chew in my mouth on the right side and I IMMEDIATELY spit out the remainder into my palm…. It’s NOT there! So WHERE the freak is my freaking tooth???? YUP… I swallowed it! NOW you can laugh! Not me…. I am pissed. That is like a $900 crown! I did the unthinkable…. I admit it…. I stuck my finger down my throated and TRIED to throw up. I HATE to throw up but baby I tried like hell tonight! And of all nights…. I COULDN’T…. Oh, I tried and I tried. I tried drinking a whole bottle of water hoping it on top of my dinner would make me sick, no such luck. Where is the freaking tooth fairy when you need her? I’d pay HER to extricate this one. I admit… if I could have thrown it up, I’d have cleaned that sucker up and disinfected it and soaked it in mouthwash or whatever to be able to use it… but since I couldn’t I can guarandamntee you I ain’t gonna use it once it comes out the OTHER end. Nope, nosireeebob…. The tooth fairy can keep that sucker now. That’s one tooth I can do without. $900 or not! Talk about something coming back to bite you in the butt!!!! I’m sure this ain’t gonna be fun…. Go ahead, I can take it…. I guess I’ll be the butt of all your jokes for a few days… I don’t mind. I guess you can say I’m taking one for the team.