ELDER MUSIC: 1968 Again
Old Mean Girls

Thank You and Favorite Websites Follow Up

[EDITORIAL NOTE: Due to a glitch at the company that hosts my blogs, yesterday's Elder Music post was not published until several hours after its usual early morning time and as far as I can determine, the email and rss feeds to subscribers were not sent out.

That post, about music of the year 1968, is a pivotal year in the youth of many who read TGB so if you missed it, you might want to take a look today.

Good morning, TGB readers. I feel like I just woke up from a coma. Well, not today, but I did kind of feel that way on Saturday.

First, thank you all – so many of you – for your kind good wishes for a speedy recovery following my surprise dental surgery last Thursday. Carol S. Rowland made me laugh when, after explaining that like me she is no longer good with surprises, signed herself, Once known as “calm Carol.”

And Faith probably didn't know when she wrote it but her comment pretty well says it for me too.

”Dental repair and car repair and computer glitches are the worst.”

With the amount of anesthesia in my jaw, the extraction wasn't painful. It took only about 30 minutes to get the tooth out, insert the bone graft and sew me up. But even though it happened in the morning, I was so exhausted when I got home I went directly to bed.

Over the years, I have needed to remind myself (and bore friends) that even minor surgery requires extra rest. Here's why: although it's nice and neat and clean when surgeons cut us open, our bodies don't know the difference between that kind of assault and a mugger who would stab us with a rusty ice pick.

So either way, it's no time to be a hero and try to carry on - moreso in our age group because as we grow older, our bodies are not as efficient as when we were younger and we need more time to recover whether from, for example, overdoing exercise or travel or dental surgery.

Thursday I had no choice; I couldn't have stayed awake if I'd tried and so it remained throughout Friday too. I woke now and then and tried to read or watch television but kept falling back asleep.

By Saturday I was feeling better and by Sunday I was back to normal. Well, except for losing four pounds.

But that's a good thing. After maintaining my 40-pound weight loss last year, I had gained seven or eight pounds from overindulgence during the past three months so this is a good kickstart to re-losing them – not that I recommend tooth extraction as a diet aid.

On Wednesday last week I asked readers to share one of their favorite websites and what a good bunch of links you left – well, not everyone was successful with making proper links but that's okay.

There are politics, music, science, house renovation, literary, health and whole lot more.

I found several that will take some more of my time now but my favorite of the day is from Pamela (LadyLuz) – a U.S. physician who calls his blog, Dr. Grumpy in the House. As he explains himself:

”Welcome to my whining! This blog is entirely for entertainment purposes. All posts about patients may be fictional, or be my experience, or were submitted by a reader, or any combination of the above. Factual statements may or may not be accurate.”

Crabby Old Lady likes his attitude and wishes Dr. Grumpy were her physician.

Let me know if you enjoyed the favorite websites experiment. If enough of you do, we'll try again one day and I'll make linking easier for you. You'll find all the favorites in the comments here.

At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Marc Leavitt: How Many Houses Should a Rich Man Own


I agree that cutting ourselves some slack in recovery time is essential. I have noticed that the things that used to slow me down (like a cold) can put me down in the recliner or in bed. Then the illness is followed by a much longer period of fatigue than I used to have. So I have learned not to feel guilty about these recouperation breaks and to do what I can to make them relaxing and enjoyable. Having favorite movies handy, some reading when up to it etc. Accepting the longer recouperation periods from medical, surgical or travel has given me some much needed "me" time on occasion. Not the best way to get to "me" time, but it is not anything to feel guilty about anymore. I had extensive dental surgery a few months ago and it took a long while to be back up to my old self. I am glad you are feeling better now. I did enjoy the links and think it is a great thing to share. I had trouble getting my post on that day so no input from me but I did check out several new websites. Thank-you and all those who left links.

Wow, what a story you can tell now. I had a tooth pulled and lost 4 pounds. That's one helluva tooth!

Anyway, glad you're on the mend. Just the thought of anything dental related, especially surgery, leaves me verging on queasy.

Your body had a trauma, Ronni, and you were wise to rest as much as you needed to. I'm glad the ordeal is over for you.

I broke a tooth several years ago and had to have the root pulled. I have a temporary artificial tooth that I have to remove when I eat. I am constantly forgetting to put it back in and that has led to some embarrassment.

I need to lost four pounds but I don't think I will do it your way.

Pied Type, that was funny.

Oh yes, thanks for saying out loud those surgeries are like accidents, so true. Glad you are feeling better, those kind of procedures can really drain the body battery.

Ditto Celia's comments - just what I was thinking.

Had a surgery planned and did lose 6 lbs. however 3 months later they are back. Not sure why. Glad you are feeling better

I think there are studies that prove anesthesia and heavy duty pain killers do impact the elderly more than younger folks are require longer recovery. To be safe, those going home alone need a buddy for at least 24 hours.

Love Dr. Grumpy -- I check him out everyday. Nice to have some perspective from the other side of the stethescope.

(People are infinitely amusing -- or annoying!)

Dr Grumpy's great. I hope I never need the services of someone like him though: he's a neurologist.

About the trauma analysis; the body seems to interpret everything above the level of a paper cut as A Big Emergency. Glad you're getting better.

Oh, Ronni, I am happy to know you made it through your dental work. Way to go!

I broke a big upper tooth a couple years ago and was freaking out about it.

Lost some pounds in the process, because it took a few days to see my dentist and it hurt to eat.

My dentist managed to repair the tooth, but it wasn't easy. The next step, he said, would be an implant.

So far, the tooth is fine.

I took my dentist bill to the restaurant where I broke the tooth. My husband came with me. He was sure the manager wouldn't believe me.

The place was packed.

Cashier asked if he could help me. I told him I bit into a rock in their rice, showed him the dentist bill and asked for the manager.

He leaned over and told me he had warned the new owners that they were cutting corners.

Cashier took my dentist bill into the back room.

Minutes later the cashier came out and handed me an envelope. I opened it.

It was a full refund of my dental bill.

"We apologize and hope to serve you again."

Beware of rocks in rice.

Dr. Grumpy is priceless and his blogs often have me laughing out loud.

Dental problems - oooo, ouch, arggh, my deepest empathy for your ordeal.

So really sorry about the tooth and the follow up problems. I just had a thumb reconstructed, a cold, and fell ripping my rotator cuff. One day last week both my doctor and my PT man told me, on the same day, that it was time to be gentle with myself. Made me laugh and not stretch or strain so hard to return to where I was. REally sorry about the tooth. Hugs.

Yes, I have a stack of favorites and will happily share any and all. I've been busy recovering this week so missed your request.

I'll have to pay Dr. Grumpy a visit after all this praise.

Good to hear you're on the mend, Ronni.

I, too, fell in love with Dr. Grumpy. Any doctor who can make me laugh out loud gets my vote. I strongly recommend his YouTube post called "paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin" - priceless. And for our serious side, the January 7 post of a drug company's ad campaign photos for an Alzheimer's drug were compelling and very affecting.

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