Tuesday, May 22, 2007
A Stranger In My House--UPDATED AT END
My hubby has had a few health issues the past couple of years--nothing life threatening, by any means--but they have been a nuisance--and painful, to say the least. He's had two shoulder surgeries, an elbow surgery, another minor surgery- ahem..., and he may be having knee surgery in a few weeks (after Africa, of course). Yesterday, B. came home from the dentist and they had told him that his gums have receded, and they need to do something about it. (This is the military, they own him, and won't let him do nothing.) Apparently, it's pretty bad. Only one thing they can do-- Yep--SURGERY! I have to say that this did not shock me in the least. I've gotten pretty used to my husband and his surgical ways. What we can't get over is how they are wanting to fix this problem. When the dentist told him what they wanted to do, B. immediately said, "Second opinion, please." Can you believe that they want to use the gums of a cadaver to fix B.'s problem? A dead person's gums? UGH. I'm afraid B. just wasn't able to stomach that--and I just don't know if I am able to either--after all, I'm the one kissing him! So, he is off to another doctor today to see what else they might do. I can almost guarantee that he will choose anything but that. We don't have a thing against dead people, mind you. We are so thankful for medical advances that make us able to use the organs of the dead in order to save lives--the liver, kidneys, eyes---a miraculous gift--but gums? Strange gums in my husband's mouth--it will be like kissing two for the price of one! **The second dentist completely agrees with the base dentist. I was totally surprised. Let me just say that neither of us is very happy about it. Eww! I'll be sure to let you know what happens.**

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At May 22, 2007 9:43 AM, Blogger Judi said...

Eww.....please let me know how to prevent my gums from receding!

At May 22, 2007 12:22 PM, Blogger Becky said...

I'll be praying for the second opinion.: )

At May 22, 2007 1:15 PM, Blogger gail said...

I don't think I've heard of that "fix" before...it does sound odd and I think I'd want another opinion too!

At May 22, 2007 1:33 PM, Blogger CoachJ said...

I am laughing my head off right now!!! I'm so sorry for B., but this is too funny! I hope the second opinion is alot better than the first. I don't know how I'd like kissing a dead person either, but can you imagine being the host of the dead person's gums? Yuck!

At May 22, 2007 2:09 PM, Blogger Corrie said...

That is really odd. I think it's great when organs are donated, but I've never heard of gums...I guess it's just so strange because it's the inside of someone's mouth. Hmmmm. Hope the second opinion goes better!

At May 22, 2007 2:11 PM, Blogger Carrie! :o) said...

Okay, that seriously made me gag!! I bet his face turned white when the dentist said *that*! That's just wrong, LOL. I don't blame you (or him) for not wanting a dead person's gums ... *still gagging here*, LOL. Tell B. to slide some extra bucks under the table... NOT to use a dead person, LOL! I think I would be out the door in a split second otherwise! Or either ... heck with the gums ... yank my teeth and give me falsies!

At May 22, 2007 2:12 PM, Anonymous jodi said...

I've heard that receding gums can be painful. I think I would rather deal with the pain! Yuck!

At May 22, 2007 3:34 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

eww! I had never heard of using a cadavers gums for something like that!

About a year ago, or maybe 6 months, my dentist also told me my gums were receding. He said it was mostl likely because I either grind or clench my teeth together (day or night time) and for me to be aware of when I was doing it.

I guess there is something about your teeth not really supposed to be touching as that wears on the enamel and then causes the receding gumlines.

I started paying attention and realized I was clenching during my sleep (I don't believe I'm grinding my teeth though). As I would wake up I would realize my jaw was clenched together.

My dentist told me there isn't a way to make them "grow back" but we could slow down the process, or prevent it from happening more, by wearing a night guard!

So I went in for another appt to have my teeth fitted for a night guard and now I wear that every night (just on my bottom teeth) and it's not that bad, I'm used to it now.

I wonder if that is an option for your DH, or maybe it's too late for something like that? Worth a mention though!

At May 22, 2007 3:47 PM, Blogger Melody said...

EWWWW! My sister in law had part of her jaw replaced by that of a cadaver....gross! And now I must go and floss!!!

At May 22, 2007 4:08 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Unbelievable! I totally get where you're coming from. I think I'll pray for you guys--that there will be another viable alternative. And by viable, I mean, not dead.

At May 22, 2007 5:45 PM, Blogger Amberly said...

I'm with you on that one! Good luck with the second opinion!

At May 22, 2007 6:05 PM, Blogger Sonya said...

Oh, that's just wrong! Not to mention gross! LOL! Hopefully the second opinion will yield a better alternative!

At May 22, 2007 8:06 PM, Blogger annie said...

I'm praying for B to have a supernatural gum healing!!!

At May 22, 2007 10:39 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Eww...ewww..ewww. I cannot fathom using cadaver gums. I really think I might opt to have the teeth removed and get dentures--seriously.

I'm not usually so dramatic, but I have a very unhealthy, psychotic fear of the dentist as it is, so the surgery word really freaked me out.

I'll be praying for you guys. Let us know what they end up doing.

At May 23, 2007 6:15 AM, Blogger Mandalyn said...


YUCK! Thank the Lord that they can do things like that to help people but YUCK! If he does this, imagine the jokes that would come his way! Just kidding--sort of!:)

Tell him that hubs and I will be praying for him!


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