This is the dread extraction day on my journey to a denture. It's an early appointment – 8AM – so by the time most of you read this, it will be over and, I assume, I'll be napping.
One of the things we tend to forget about surgical procedures is that the body can't tell the difference between a tidy incision (or teeth pulling) by a professional and a messy stabbing by a mugger. It's all the same to a body which goes into defense mode to heal the rift. That takes a lot of internal energy so rest is in order to give the body all possible resources to do its magical work.
I intend to take as much rest as necessary, but not too much because (drum roll)
Take a gander at the Condo For Sale badge in the right sidebar. That's right. My apartment sold yesterday and there is a signed contract.
Woo hoo! Five showings in two weeks on the market and it's done. Well, there are the inspections and such, but I know the place is in excellent shape so I don't expect any surprises. The closing is set for 17 May and I'll be in Oregon for summer.
It has taken me by surprise. I'd been half-assed thinking that maybe I'd clear out some closets in the next few weeks, but I didn't feel any urgency about it. Now I need to get organized, make lists, sort the house, start packing not to mention, find a place to live on that other coast.
I'm pretty sure the sale will take the edge off recuperating from dental surgery but for the short term - today - it feels like a lot going on all at once.
A denture is a big-deal milestone in getting old, one that younger people, due to advances in dental care and techniques, will endure in fewer numbers than our generation. How will it feel? What adjustments will there be in eating and speaking? How long will it take to become accustomed to it?
For the longer term, I think moving 3,000 miles wins the lifetime milestones category. I had no expectation, in the current housing market, that my apartment would sell so quickly at such a good price. If that had not happened, Denture Day would have greater impact for me; now, the extractions feel more like an annoyance, a delay in moving forward with the main event. Nevertheless, what a way to celebrate the sale.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Walt Grant: Consorting with the Enemy