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more about acid and teeth

Naturally, shortly after making my previous post, I had an attack of acid indigestion. I'm still not sure why, but I think it was a combination of only taking the Pepcid once that day (since I had got up late, and wanted to avoid overlapping with taking it the next morning), having had a lot of ice cream, and possibly taking my antibiotic dose a short while after eating instead of right away. The information with the antibiotic only says to use a full glass of water, and food is optional, but it still may have irritated me somehow.

Aside from that one attack though, I was fine through the weekend. I stopped taking the Pepcid after Sunday night, because the doctor had said to use it for one to two weeks, and the bottle also said not to use it more than two weeks in a row; Sunday was 12 days. I have been doing okay since then, but I note that I have had an acidic feeling in my throat when it's been a while since I last ate, with some discomfort just a bit ago. However, I also haven't been using any Mylanta, so perhaps I just need to make some occasional use of that, when I'm feeling uncomfortable, and I'll be okay.

My checkup with the surgeon today went well. He's cleared me to eat pretty much anything I don't actually have to bite into with my front teeth, so that makes my diet more manageable, though I expect to still be eating cautiously for a while. He's also put me on another week of antibiotics, because of some lingering puffiness in my gums, which is also keeping me from wearing my retainer again. At this point, I don't even want to start wearing the retainer again, I'm used to not having it. I'm really looking forward to having my false teeth in place and having a less obtrusive retainer, or at least only needing to wear it at night. However, the surgeon also said he thinks it'll be six months to a year before it's time to implant the posts, rather than the three to six months he'd been saying before. It's also possible I'll need to have some more bone grafted, just because what's been added may deteriorate a bit, but he said that a second graft would be much easier.

In other news, my parents' visit went well, we had a good time. We didn't do anything big and adventurous, mostly just walked around bits of Seattle and also Tacoma on Friday. Mom ran a half-marathon on Sunday as part of the Seafair Marathon, she missed her goal of 2.5 hours by 10 minutes but was still pretty happy with the race. They left on Monday, headed down to Sacramento to visit an uncle and see Yosemite National Park.

In conjunction with their visit, I finally got curtains from IKEA for the living room, adding more privacy and also blocking out more light when guests sleep over. I still don't have window screens, and since my options seem to be to buy materials at Home Depot to make my own, or go searching around for some local company that supplies or custom-makes them, I'll probably end up not dealing with it until next year. Huh, I guess I never actually wrote before about some of the minor issues with my place. Well, one of them is that my unit has no window screens; not all of the other units have screens either, so presumably they were not supplied in the first place. Anyone in Seattle happen to know a good place to get screens? (Edit to add: the windows are large single-pane ones, nearly 5' tall, that slide open to the side. Therefore, the small expandable screens that go in a vertical-sliding window won't work.)


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Jul. 13th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
any friends out there handy with tools and have a garage full of them, and also Idolize Norm Abrahms??? Screen doors are hard enough... making a screen to fit a window.. especially if its s newer window, might be hard... requiring aluminum, and the screen... I'd see if you can find out the manufacturer of the window, and then use the, uhm... internet, yeah thats it.. see what it has to offer... if you have no screens, thats a bit odd... you should.
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Re: screens
Home Depot sells screen-making kits and stuff, but it does look tricky, and at a rough estimate it'll cost over $120 to make them for all six windows. I don't know anyone who's particularly handy and has lots of tools. Actually, I suppose Conrad might qualify.

I did check the windows but didn't see any label to tell me the manufacturer, that was my first idea. And yes, it's odd that I don't have screens, but like I said, it seems not all of the other units have screens either.
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: screens
the ones that do have screens probably waited until a unit was up for sail, then they acquired them. : )

you could make screens... check the width of the slot where the screens should go... or ask a neighbor with screens to use theirs a a template. : ) then head to home depot. get the 4 sides of each screen in the right width wood (depoending on the size, you might put on in the middle too to brace it... you could you "L" brackets with the small screws... then get some screen... maybe a salvage yard would have some old screen you could get cheap. maybe paint the wood black... and use wood staples to attacche the screen, done right it will look ok... you won't need the big tools... and it'll work... until actual screens can be purchased. I bet the dump / salvage yard has old screen that you could get cheap, and find the dump would be a weekend adventure.
Jul. 13th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
you can get little slidey screens that expand or contract to fit the pane and are held in place by the weight of the window. i think we had some at our older apartments in brooklyn. anyway, you should be able to get them at any old hardware store.
Jul. 13th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, those things... I was thinking permanent outside the pane screens. those would work in the short term...
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, permanent outside-the-pane screens are what I need. The small slidey ones won't work at all, actually.
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had those screens in my old apartment, as you apparently don't recall. :-) However, I should have specified (and will now change my post to show) that my windows slide open to the side, and so those types of screens will not work.
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