More Time with the Oral Surgeon, Thank God for Global Warming and Randy Johnson Retires
Well I had my follow up visit with my oral surgeon today and well, it was not a routine “it’s all good go away” kind of visit. On Saturday night or Sunday morning one of the stitches came out of the site. I wasn’t bleeding from the site; it was a little sore so I called the resident on call who said that if it got worse to come in. The day was uneventful although I wasn’t feeling that great and the pain got a bit worse during the day requiring Vicodin before I went to bed. I woke up Monday not feeling too well but was behind on a bunch of things that I needed to do. I scheduled my follow up appointment for today but by 1300 on Monday I was feeling bad enough to need more Vicodin so the boss sent me home to take it and get some rest. I came to work not feeling a lot better and still a bit under the influence of the medication and went in to dental. When they took me back they saw swelling and the first dentist saw puss and called the oral surgeon. He immediately went to wore and had the site irrigated and then took me back to one of the oral surgery rooms where once again I was hooked up to monitors, and had an IV placed and was given a bolus of 250 ml normal saline prior to an infusion of IV antibiotics. He told me that we needed to do this because if the site got infected it might necessitate removal of the implant as well as the bone graft. After that I was given a prescription for more antibiotics and sent home with instructions to take it easy, take the antibiotics and keep the site irrigated and to return to work Thursday with a follow up appointment for early Friday morning. It has been weird as I have been pretty wiped out physically by this but doing okay emotionally. So we’ll see how the sequel to the “Undead Tooth of Terror” continues. Hopefully it will be a happy ending and I will not have to have the work taken out and have to go through a bunch of time again before I can get it fixed.
If anyone hasn’t noticed it has been pretty cold across the eastern 2/3rds of the United States as well as many other countries in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact it has been like record setting cold all over the place, Europe, Asia, North America and even places like Peru. Trains are getting buried in snow drifts in China, record snow and cold elsewhere and even the little lake in my neighborhood has ice forming on it. There is no relief in sight. Forecasters are saying that this could be the coldest winter in at least 245 years. Back when I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s climatologists were predicting a coming ice age and encouraged folks to dress warm for a long time. Then in the late 1980s and early 1990s there came a movement saying that everything was getting warmer at an alarming rate. This has grown into the Global Warming movement and dare I say industry. We had a very mild summer this year and it has been cold as hell this winter. Now I am not a climatologist but if needed cold play one on TV. It is my ersatz climatologist persona that says that I don’t think that some of the real climatologists are telling us the whole truth. To me it seems that the global warming thing may not be all that it is cracked up to be. All I can say is that if there is global warming I’m glad that we have it because we would really be freezing our asses off. Even so I will dress warm and put on my gloves. At least the dog doesn’t mind the cold so long as it is not raining.
Finally an era in baseball has passed. Future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson officially retired from the game today. The 46 year old Johnson pitched 22 years beginning his career at Montreal with most of the time with the Mariners and Diamondbacks but with stints with the Astros, Yankees and his last season with the Giants. In his career he won 5 Cy Young Awards, pitched a no-hitter and a perfect game, and was a 10 time All-Star and the 2001 World Series MVP. Over the years he pitched in 618 games, starting 603 of them. In those games he pitched a total of 4135.1 innings won 303 games and had a career 3.29 ERA and was second only to the legendary Nolan Ryan with 4875 strikeouts. The batting average against him was only .221. He was one of the most feared pitchers to play the game almost any hitter who had to face him would tell you that he would rather not have to face Johnson. Johnson was known at times for his intensity a piercing gaze and at times snarling look at batters, and an at times equally icy relationship with reporters. What is truly amazing about Johnson is that he achieved what he did against a plethora of players who have either admitted to using or highly suspected of using steroids and other performance enhancing substances. He pitched his last season with the Giants where he got his 300th win. The season was certainly not his best and he finished the season on the disabled list, however we saw a man who was genuinely appreciative of the game and those with who he played. As a person who at times can be testy and give good glares and snarls I understand someone like Johnson who pushed himself hard and came back from injuries to stay competitive well past the age that most other players are ensconced in second careers or retirement. Even more so because I have played on a number of teams within the military and I am now quite a bit older than most people my rank. Randy Johnson has had a magnificent career and I wonder if we will see another 300 game winner anytime soon.
On a humorous note I had a comment to my “about” page from someone with the ID of “El Cid.” Seems that Sid believes that I am deceived of course not providing me any help to see just what I am deceived about. His comment “You are so deceived” stuck a chord in me. So I just had to respond. Here is that response:
“Cool, don’t know what about but glad to get comments like this. Must be doing something right. The fact that you refer to yourself as El Cid shows me that you fancy yourself a General in the fight against the Moors or have delusions of being Charlton Heston.”
So anyway, as I take my pain meds and head off to bed I wish everyone a good night.