Rowdy, Labrador Retriever (13 y/o), Canby, OR • “He has vitiligo. I’ve seen other dogs that have it, but never so symmetrical. His belly and toenails turned white too (he used to be all black). He’s the ambassador for the American Vitiligo Research Foundation and has built some relationships with kids with vitiligo who may have been bullied because of it. He’s also gone kind of viral. He was on the front page of Reddit for days. They said he looks like Spider-Man, Deadpool, The Hamburgler, Spawn, Venom, Kiss, an orca whale, reverse panda, fried eggs…some people think we bleached his eyes. There should be a movie about his life. He’s declining a bit, but there were many times he should have died. He’s been shot by a cop, survived a poisoning, has had a tumor removed from his ear and the wrong tooth pulled. He’s got some dementia, senior bladder, and barks for no reason. He still acts like a puppy sometimes, too. And he still smiles.”
Dentist pulled the tooth out yesterday. But it's always a good idea to demonstrate to your co-workers that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. Plus, it's always fun to see Madison faint.
so today I had a call for a patient having an asthma attack. me and my partner go, and we’re treating the patient, and her fiancee shows up with her daughter, who had a tooth pulled that morning and isn’t in school. we take the patient to the clinic and I sit out in the hallway with the daughter, who was a bit scared cause her mom wasn’t well. we start talking, about her brothers and her school and her pets and video games and her favourite ice cream that she gets to eat all day because of her tooth. she asked what I was studying, and I told her, and we talked about what I did volunteering as a first responder.
then she says ‘I have autism’ and I look at her and say ‘guess what? I have autism too.’ and she was so excited. we high fived. I told her it was nice to meet another girl with autism, because it was mostly boys. she asked if I had sensitive hearing too. then when her mom came out, attack over thanks to the medication, she told her mom.
then afterwards she told me it was nice to meet me and she gave me a hug. it was great. I’m still so happy. I’m happy that I got to meet that young girl who probably doesn’t know any other autistic women, who probably won’t meet many more. I’m happy that I was able to distract her from worrying about her mom. I’m happy that she gets to see me, going to school and helping people and generally being successful and also autistic. I’m glad that I was able to share that with her, that I wasn’t afraid of other people finding out or realizing that I’m autistic and it’s okay. I’m glad she knows it’s okay too, to be autistic, and to be proud of being autistic.
Context: The three Players, A human monk, an elf fighter, and a dwarf barbarian/sorcerer woke up in a tomb and managed to make their way out, to find a dragon’s skeleton that once blocked what used to be the entrance.
Elf: “I take a tooth.”
Both Dwarf and Human(ooc): What why? Why would you do that?
Evil DM(me): No, guys, if [Elf] wants to, let her.
The Dwarf and Human exchange worried looks, having played my sessions before.
Elf:“Okay I pull a tooth.”
Me:“ Any in particular?”
Elf: “Just.. a tooth. Does it matter?”
So the Elf is allowed to pull a tooth, and the other two begin backing away. All of them are slightly surprised at first by it not being something ridiculous like explosive, and then it happens.
“Elf, roll a reflex save.”
4 foot spiders begin crawling out of the mouth of the dragon and, as she fails a will save, up the elf’s legs as she stares in horror.
The Dwarf had long since cast detect magic, and saw that the now 13 spiders were all illusionary. He and the human were almost dead themselves, forgetting to breathe rather than laugh.
Anyways, the Dwarf took pity eventually and informed the elf that the spiders were illusions, which cancelled the spell.
Just a little tooth pain, I’m fine. Continue.
Okay. Each of you will be handling an opponent, and…
Do you need to go to the dentist, Mai?
I don’t like dentists. Just a second. [takes out a pair of pliers]
Oh! No, no, no!
[pulls her tooth out]
Oh my God.
I’m sorry, everybody, what were we talking about? Strategies?
(aside) Dentist pulled the tooth out yesterday, but it’s always a good idea to demonstrate to your teammates that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. Plus, it’s always fun to see Zuko faint.
Saw a post floating around talking about the dangers of feeding your dog Rawhide bones and recommending that owners instead give their pets natural or raw bones. I’m not going to comment on rawhide today but I did want to put in my 2 cents about “natural” or “raw” bones…
The amount of times I have had to enema bone splinters out of an obese jack russell terrorist (and trust me, he was)
OR sedate an otherwise perfectly healthy puppy to remove a round bone that had been lodged onto his mandible
OR had to discuss with owners how costly it will be to pull a healthy PM4 tooth from a young large dog’s mouth because of a severe slab fracture with exposed enamel is enough for me to say confidently.
Unless your dog if responsible enough with their toys to not ingest parts of them (and a solid majority of dogs are not) then I would avoid bones. It sucks, I get it. But high veterinary bills suck more. And now some photos for good measure (Note - the aftermath of the JRT’s enema is not pictured but trust me when I say the smell lingers on to this day. You are welcome):
Fellow vets? Feel free to add your alternatives to bones, your cases of bad bones, and what other ways you can distract your pet/help keep their teeth clean without causing them harm
So the ortho is really nice, her whole team is really reassuring and caring. And shiny.
They didn’t even quibble over taking out the teeth that have been hurting me just “yea nah rip those suckers out, get yourself out of pain and we’ll fix the rest”.
So I’ll be having the dying tooth pulled asap, the two problematic root canals removed eventually, and then one more tooth on the other side which is too far out of alignment to even try fixing it. They don’t even want to touch my wisdom teeth, they think they are fine and will actually be vital to stabilizing my jaw again so thank goodness I never had them pulled.
They are also confident they can fix my muscle/joint pain as looking at the CT scan they did this morning, the damage in my jaw bone is not yet bad enough on either side to require surgery, so this is excellent news. I do however need to deal with it sooner rather than later because of how my upper jaw and lower jaw are drifting in opposite directions. I’m also losing bone and gum tissue because of this but the realignment should help stop that.
They’re also not going to charge extra for the fancy ceramic sapphire technology braces because I’ve got known issues with metal and it’s not purely aesthetic (why most people get white braces) so that is nice of them to not glue more metal onto me than they have to.
Overall I’m looking at two years of gradual adjusting (they did say it could be done in less but with my pain issues they don’t want to put me through that) and $7000.00
…yea…that’s the uh, the issue now….
I need a 2grand deposit minimum to start this and qualify for the interest free payment plans ($200 a month for the next two years) This doesn’t include the cost of my extractions. And my dental insurance covers none of it, not even my special magic dentist man because he’s a specialist and not a saw bones.
I need that image of the dog surrounded by fire saying ‘this is fine’.
Although if I think about it yea nah this is fine, this is okay. This gives me time to get the problem teeth pulled at well paced intervals to give my slow healing defective body time to heal. And maybe get the braces placed toward the very end of the year…maybe…if I’m lucky.
Do you need to go to the dentist, Clarisse?
I don't like dentists. Just a second.
No, no, no.
[pulls out tooth]
What the [BLEEP]?
Dentist pulled the tooth out yesterday. But it's always a good idea to demonstrate to others that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. Plus, it's always fun to see Percy faint.