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Wisdom of the toothy kind...

March 10, 2009 11:22 AM 3/10/09

So my right lower wisdom tooth is still giving me a pain but I’m going to stick it out next week until we have more money.

No calls from LEOs about my LED grow lamp yet but that may yet happen. Or maybe not. I honestly don’t care.

Tried repairing one of my old Apple yo-yo power supplies yesterday. Got the new cord soldered onto it but the AC plug broke off now. I’ll try and fix that after I do the dishes at home today. I might just put it all into a new project box and solder a standard three-prong computer cord receptacle and some wires into the circuit. That wold make a slightly larger brick but I don’t care as long as it works.

In a fit of nostalgia I bought the entire run (1 - 24) of the Ted Kord version of the Blue Beetle. I have his first comic appearance in Captain Atom somewhere along with the first appearance of The Question as well. I really need to go through my comics.

Also in a fit of nostalgia I found a 1979 Plymouth Horizon TC3 on craigslist for $600. I don’t really think it would be a good idea for me to buy it but it’s almost exactly the same car as the 024 I used to own. I could do a lot with that car and it would fit in the driveway with a cover on it and cost me nothing really. But I guess I can’t justify it even though it would be cool.

According to the tracking information there should be a Wii Fit on the doorstep when I get home today. That will be cool but I’ll wait until my wife comes home before setting it up. She’s in no condition to do that stuff at the moment because her knee is screwed up right now.

Got my mother-in-law’s notebook in yesterday but didn’t test it yet. I’ll test it tonight so I can leave feedback. Once I’m sure it’s good then I’ll give my in-laws the specs for the upgrades it needs and they can pay me to buy those as well.

Heard form my friend in Tokyo finally. He’s doing well and has a decent sized apartment (3br). He says Tokyo doesn’t match the images we have in our head of Tokyo but quite honestly no city ever does that. I wish him all the best despite jokingly calling him a bastard every now and then. ;-)

Our neighbor’s workmans comp checks got cut off because they forced him back to work when there’s no work to be done. The doctor still has him placed on restricted duty but I don’t think his employer is having any of that. I hope it all works out for him as he’s a good person.


I realized I’m not having any weird dreams lately. I wonder if that means anything or not...

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Mar. 10th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
home remedies for toothache
I am still googling to procrastinate starting my taxes, so I had fun looking for home remedies for toothache. A few of them actually sounded worthwhile for temporary relief until you can get to the dentist. A lot of them sounded potentially hazardous or inconveniently impractical (this is culled down from 7 pages of suggestions).

They mentioned sore throat spray- soaked on a cotton ball & bite down on it.

If the tooth hurts because air gets at it, you can chew a cracker to paste and pack it over the tooth to exclude air.

Rinse your mouth with warm water and pack the cavity with maximum strength sensodyne toothpaste. Let it sit as long as you can without getting it wet. It should give relief in a few minutes and last for hours, but the more you drink the sooner it'll wear off.

One person tried anbesol, and then took a dose of Nyquil and got enough relief for a night's sleep. (Other people *swished* the Nyquil for relief)

One person crushed aspirin, dissolved it in a little warm salt water, and used a cotton ball to soak up the solution and apply it to the dry tooth for about 5 min.

Several people recommended alcohol-based extracts (almond is stronger than vanilla & more effective) or whiskey, held on the tooth as long as you can.

IF the problem is a lost filling then you can get OTC temporary filling product.

Of all the recommendations, the sensodyne one seems the only one likely to be practical when you are away from home. You definitely wouldn't want to try the 'chewing onion or garlic cloves' ideas (which I thought potentially a really not good idea anyway) at work!
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: home remedies for toothache
Thanks for the info! :-)

For me either the throat spray+cotton ball or the anbesol would be a good solution.

The situation is, as usual with my life, a non-standard one. The wisdom tooth is nearer the back of the jaw and cut through the gums many years ago. Unfortunately I must have the mutant Wolverine in my genetics somewhere because it tries to grow back over the tooth every so often. It's only been recently that I've had enough money/insurance to handle things like this.

My wife will likely chime in now with a chorus of "Call the dentist!" but I'm holding off due to financial reasons. (We're poor this week.)
Mar. 10th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: home remedies for toothache
*nods* You could call the dentist now, to be sure of getting the appointment next week at a convenient time. It always comforts me to see an appointment note on the fridge, that way I know when I'll get relief.

And perhaps your dentist would be willing to do the work sooner and delay payment without adding to the fee? It depends on the dentist & your family's relationship to them.

I've heard of people growing *3* full sets of teeth in their lifetime, so Wolverine-teeth genes are not unknown. :^)
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