Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg – LikeTheDew.com http://likethedew.com A journal of progressive Southern culture and politics Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://likethedew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DewLogoSquare825-32x32.png Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg – LikeTheDew.com http://likethedew.com 32 32 Idle Thoughts http://likethedew.com/2016/04/04/idle-thoughts/ http://likethedew.com/2016/04/04/idle-thoughts/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:01:07 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=63696

First spring flowers background, yellow crocuses on snow, copy space

Even though I’m not much of a gardener, in March and April I used to worry about things like when I should plant my veggies. I always let the spring flower bulbs fend for themselves. Vegetables were different. Building on that thought, this year things are quite a bit different.

Today, it seems like I worry about everything in terms of the weather: shopping traveling, appointments — you name it. It’s now well into April and I’m still thinking about the “S” word — “snow.” How much snow will the next storm bring? How much accumulation can I expect? Will the snow change to slush and perhaps freeze before the next rush hour? This year it’s only spring because that’s what the calendar says it is.

To be honest, this April I’m much more likely to be pondering when I can safely put away my snow shovel than calculating when I’ll be able to plant something. I’m still not happy and probably never will be. Sad to say, next year or even sooner, I’ll likely incessantly dwell on the lack of rain or something else, perhaps the temperature. Thanks to the weather, there’s always something to think about and fret about. I guess it’s a plus of sorts that human beings are habitually never happy for long, not even about the small stuff.

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I’m likely voting for Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse in 2016 http://likethedew.com/2016/01/16/im-likely-voting-for-donald-the-duck-or-mickey-the-mouse-in-2016/ http://likethedew.com/2016/01/16/im-likely-voting-for-donald-the-duck-or-mickey-the-mouse-in-2016/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:27:33 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=62835

mickey the change candidateThis presidential campaign has been special. It’s the first one that has made me sick to my stomach. It’s been embarrassing to say the very least. There’s been minimal civility or coherent, consistent thought on either side. Pointing fingers, shouting, few specifics, and all too often foul language just don’t hack it for me. Nor does the occasional suggestion of possible legal action for past “activities.”

As an American, I’m mortified, especially by the front runners on both sides. I wonder how they got to be the front runners? I really cannot understand.

I also have a problem with the length of the American campaign. It seems to go on forever and then some. It’s boring and hampers the efficacy of the sitting president and congress, among other things.

Europe has pared their campaigns down to far less time. Why can’t we do the same? We go over and over the same things at great expense. In the process, we also effectively kill voter interest. It’s an obvious fact. When voters are bored and apathetic, what effect does that have on their analysis and turnout on the “big day”? I’m convinced that the answers are all negative – very negative.

Also, why have we come to focus so exclusively on race, gender, and political affiliation. Not that that’s bad, but what about ability, charisma, political experience, good character, “managerial success,” and old-fashioned common sense. They have an awful lot to recommend them too. We need to take a hard look at what we are doing politically – before it’s too late.

I’m just saying the obvious, however, that doesn’t make it unworthy of communicating in my opinion. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the idea. I guess the last word or phrase is: “a pox on both their houses.”

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Dental Detours http://likethedew.com/2015/12/27/dental-detours/ http://likethedew.com/2015/12/27/dental-detours/#comments Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:55:58 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=62700

Seeing the dentist from inside of my mouth

We are all aware that there is often a big difference between reality and wishful thinking, both in life and advertising. Case in point, dental implants. You’ve seen the ads on television and the unwelcome blurbs on your computer. Both stress that it’s the wave of the future, quick and relatively affordable. After a failed root canal and the resulting extraction, I opted for an implant – thinking the procedure sounded better than the alternative which would, at the very least, do damage to the surrounding teeth.

I found out on the day of the extraction that there would be a six month wait so that the extraction stitches and the gum would have a chance to heal. Six months sounded like forever, but I went for it – even after I found out the cost, which was a lot more than I had anticipated due to my dental insurance covering far less than I anticipated. Expect the cost of an implant to be “pricey.” Check the cost from the very first.

At the end of six long months, I was back in the chair. Quickly, I got five shots in my gum. I felt every one. It wasn’t really any worse than the earlier extraction, but it wasn’t any easier either. The cutting of the gum wasn’t too bad. Just what you would expect. Then, they decided to take another x-ray. Usually I really hate x-rays as I have a very small mouth, but I figured that the shots would kill that pain as well. I was right about that. Then I learned that the x-ray indicated an unpleasant surprise. There was a small spot in the gum which hadn’t fully healed. Even before I was told what that meant, I knew it was a bad thing. It made the success of the implant less assured.

To enhance the chance of success, it was decided that I needed additional shots in the new incision to increase the likelihood of a successful graft. The shots deemed necessary were five in number. All in the same general area – where the jaw bone had been exposed and the post had been inserted. It was not pleasant, especially as the injections all seemed to be delivered with unusual force.

Shortly thereafter, the stitches were applied. I thought they would be the kind that dissolve in the flesh. I was wrong again. To keep the inserted post in place, they used the kind of thread that did not dissolve. The stitches were very rough and I subsequently learned that they attracted food like a magnet. When I got out of the chair, I learned I needed to come back in about three weeks to have them removed. Then I got the bad news!

Since there had been a small spot that hadn’t healed as expected following the extraction, I got the news that the tooth would not be able to be attached to the post in three months as originally planned. Instead, I would have to wait for six to nine months. That’s a long time!

The next day, my jaw developed a somewhat large, hard lump. Apparently, gums do not like getting ten shots in about the same spot. I can’t say I didn’t understand.

The bottom line is that what you anticipate regarding a dental implant and especially what the ads suggest will be accomplished without a hitch doesn’t always work out exactly as planned. Be prepared to be surprised and not always pleasantly. Dental visits in the final analysis are a lot like life and why shouldn’t they be? They are a part of life.

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