Thursday, March 28, 2013

I Think My Dental Hygienist is Trying to Kill Me

Yesterday I went for my six month check and teeth cleaning.  I remember a few years ago, when I complained to my friend Lisa, a dental hygienist, that my jaw had been achy after I'd had an appointment with my own gal, Lisa said that was a good thing because it meant she was doing what she needed to do.  And yes, yesterday afternoon, a couple hours after the cleaning, my jaw was achy again.  No big deal. What I didn't expect was that today, the day after the cleaning, my shoulders, neck, and the back of my head would ache.  It took me awhile to relate it back to the cleaning, but it finally occurred to me that what probably happened was that while she was working on me, I must have tensed up my muscles without realizing it.  A day later, and those same muscles were as achy as could be!

So I took a couple doses of Tylenol IB throughout the day and I may have had a margarita at lunch--for purely medicinal purposes, of course.  Again, not a big deal.  But I wondered how on Earth I was going to be able to sit down at the sewing machine and quilt all evening with all that achiness going on in the same body parts I'd be using for the quilting.  Ha!  I needn't have worried after all, because as it turned out, all that achiness finally wore off by the end of the work day, so quilting was no problem at all!

I could quilt AND I could do it with clean teeth!  And thank goodness I don't have to return to Frau Scraper for another six months.  Woo-hoo!

I think I'm pretty much on track to get this done by sometime this weekend--hopefully before Sunday.  Tonight I finished quilting all of the center up through that first turquoise ribbon border.  Tomorrow night I'll move onto the bunny corners and maybe even get out to that final border.

Now, though, I'm going to go soak for a little bit in a hot bath.  Because even though I started the evening without any serious aches, after quilting for several hours, a few of them have come back.


JoAnne said...

A couple years ago, I told my dentist that the office could make a nice chunk of $$$ if they would set up a chair massage station in the waiting room! I really tense up too, especially if I have to have work done involving the needle! Your Easter quilt is really looking great, too!

Fiesta said...

Lucky you Kim. I have spent my spring break at the dentist and today I get my temporary crowns and I am so nervous because I am a chicydeedoo.
Have you noticed the rising cost of these dental procedures?
I used to pay les than 50 for a cleaning and now $200 up.
I did get a little quilting done last night.

quilter said...

I agree that we tense up when we are in the dental chair. I think I have the cost of a new car in my mouth....lots of dental work done and now that I am retired, no dental insurance!! Maybe he will take pity on me since I have been such a "good customer!!!" Love the latest Easter project. Did you write a pattern for that? Feel better.

Kigwit said...

Thanks for posting this. It reminded me that I've been meaning to call and schedule appts for my family!

Shirley--Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Hope you are feeling better - how are you doing today?
Beauty in the quilt department - you and the quilt :o)

Frances said...

That is going to be one beautiful Easter quilt when you are finished. And I do think medicinal Margarita's are just what the Doctor would order.

Deb said...

Your easter quilt is going to be beautiful!

Nancy H. said...

My Dentist's chair actually massages your back while you are having your teeth cleaned! I ask the hygenist to turn it on every time!
Love your quilting! The loops on the eggs, the lines on the carrots, creative!
Hope you feel better soon!