The Day I Had a Root Canal

I know root canals are no walk in the park for anyone. But for me, having a root canal was like a walk through hell itself. That is, until I discovered a little dental secret.

I went in for my root canal one Friday morning. I had prepared myself physically and mentally for this. I was ready. Or so I thought. Do y’all know what a #2 molar is? Open your mouth. Take your finger and stick it all the way towards the back of your mouth. Feel that last molar on the top right? Yea that one. That’s #2. And that’s the one that needed a root canal. That’s apparently the worst tooth you could ever need a root canal on. Yay me.

In order to proceed with my #2 root canal they needed to determine if I could handle the “dental dam” or as I like to call it “the piece of rubber they use to suffocate you as if you were a prisoner at Gitmo.” 15 secs into said test and I was choking, crying, and reaching for dental instruments. I think that meant I failed. Now we had to talk options.

This is when I learned they even HAD OPTIONS. What’s this little secret? You mean I could have opted for something to make me unaware of this procedure? Oral sedation? Um yes please. I promptly rescheduled my appointment for a later date and skipped out of the office with my prescriptions in hand.

Once the day came for root canal take 2 I was on two drugs plus gas. Oh I still talked to the staff and was mildly aware of my face, but otherwise I was relaxing on the beach at sunset. As my sweet daughter chauffeured me home, I announced that these secret dental drugs should be used for many more situations. They should offer this for annual physicals as well as boring meetings. Bring on the happy pills and gas.

All kidding aside, I was thankful for something to help me get through a difficult procedure. As we were getting started, the dental assistant told me to just be still and it would all be over in no time. My job was to 1) be still and 2) trust it would all turn out ok. Isn’t that what God asks of us?  In Psalm 46 we are told thatGod is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble.” That same chapter then instructs us to “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” When we face difficult fear-filled situations, we have the greatest help of all. We simply need to 1) be still and 2) trust Him. And this help is for everyone – no prescription needed!

P.S. For your viewing pleasure, here’s what the aftermath of the root canal looked like. And a special thanks to my sweet daughter for putting up with me and capturing it all on video. Pay back is coming when you get your wisdom teeth out. Stay tuned friends.

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If You Look Backwards Too Long, You’ll Wreck

It’s the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. While I love celebrating, I have never understood the fascination with new year’s resolutions and the “new year, new you” movement. I mean a fresh start is great, but the world doesn’t magically change between 11:59 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on December 31st. Yea I know, #partypooper.

fullsizerenderAs my DH and I rang in the new year in both eastern and central time zones (that’s how we roll), I made my usual comments about the previous year and what had not gone right.One thing I do understand is looking back over the year thinking about what was accomplished and what wasn’t … sadly I’ve always put an emphasis on the “what wasn’t”. Rehashing things over and over from the previous day/week/month/year has been a bad habit of mine for so long I hardly recognize when I do it. It’s like those people who stare so long in the rear view mirror wondering what the lady  behind them is doing that they hit a curb in front of them. Note to Hubby: I’m not saying I did not that. I’m just saying there are people who do. And no, that scratch on the rim was not me. I swear. 

As I commenced developing my 3.5 essay on how 2016 could have been better, I felt deeply convicted. If I look backwards too long, I’m going to wreck. I’m going to wreck the new year. I’m going to wreck 2017 before 2016 even ends. WOW.

While there’s nothing wrong with reflecting, there is something wrong with dwelling on past issues to the point that you miss all the fantastic blessings you’ve already received. Not only that, but only looking at what could have been better keeps you from looking ahead. Ooooooooh. That was good. #dropthemic  {Yes, I am totally talking to myself…and yes, I have plenty of experience.}

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So this year, I’m joining the “new year, new you” movement by changing the way I think. But I’m gonna need some help. To keep us looking forward, our family has chosen a verse to claim for the year to keep us (OK, mainly me) focused on looking ahead at the new things God is doing through and for our family. And truthfully, even though it’s only day 2 of this new year, it’s been good to read this and let it sink in. So I’m sticking this to every wall, cabinet, and door of the house. God is doing a new thing in 2017. ❤

18  “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19