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Apr 14, 2021 06:26PM
Apr 14, 2021 08:28PM
Oh, Judy, how awful! As we age, it seems that floors, carpets, shoes, and pavements are all conspiring to trip us up. I hope you can get veneers soon, and that the pain isn't too bad, (And that your KW trip is only delayed, not cancelled). Thank goodness you didn't fracture any bones or get a concussion.
Mary, one of the reasons I had orthodontia three times (the third time, Invisalign, was the charm) was a fall I took at age 10 when the thick toe-cap of my sneaker met a slightly-raised pavement joint in the courtyard of the jr. high our neighborhood day camp used over the summer, pitching me forward face first into an ornamental concrete bench--my upper front teeth got "splayed" as a result. I wore braces from age 11-20 (they kept breaking, I wasn''t compliant about wearing elastics, and had them removed the week before my wedding). Second try was at age 28-32, when on a trip to Nova Scotia I barfed up my retainer after an alcohol-fueled party and it apparently went down the drain. I was too embarrassed to return to the orthodontist. Finally, in 2019 I decided to try Invisalign. I still wear my retainer except when eating or drinking anything but cold water or white wine. Even though my ortho says it's ok to wear it only at night, I can swear I sense my teeth regressing if I keep it out more than 3 hrs.
My BFF has suffered cluster headaches for decades--and fights losing battles with doctors who accuse him of drug-seeking because only Fiorinal with codeine (not hydro-or-oxycodone) makes a dent in them. They exacerbated the depressive component of his bipolar disorder, and the meds for that supposedly caused tardive dyskinesia--but the tremors were recently re-diagnosed as Parkinson's. (Second one of my friends to be dx'ed with it at 65). Now, a couple of days ago he awoke with expressive aphasia. No other symptoms that might suggest stroke; CT & MRI showed no anomalies, and he was discharged from the ER. He's seeing the neuro for an EEG and possibly an MRA/MRV--which unlike an MRI could reveal an occlusion in an artery supplying Broca's area in the brain, without (yet) having caused an infarct. If that's the case and there's no damage, he might get stented or administered TPA ("clotbuster"). His wife (my co-BFF) has been battling RA & scleroderma for over a decade (she's in remission), and is on pins & needles. They're both a week past their second Pfizer shots, so it was safe to have her come over for a couple of hours last night for drinks & distraction. (I'm six weeks post my second Moderna). We'll find out more tomorrow.
I had my genetic counseling session yesterday, and was tested for a new breast cancer (BRCA, BARD1, PALB, Chek2, etc.) panel--plus a panel for biliary cancer/melanoma, and a rare form of Lynch syndrome (the medical geneticist said my several "sebaceous hyperplasias"--which my derm has always said were harmless--could go hand in hand with colon & uterine cancers). I will know the results in 3-4 weeks. If positive for any, at my age it might not affect my own prognoses or necessitate new treatments--but I'd have a 50% chance of passing it on to Gordy, who would then be advised to be tested in case he and his fiancee want to plan a family. The reason they re-did the BRCA et al panel is that many new mutations & variants have been discovered since I was last tested in 2015; I wasn't tested for any other mutations back then because I hadn't yet been diagnosed with ocular (or any other) melanoma.
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)