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Mouth Op

I went to my dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning recently, and she noticed a red patch on the roof of my mouth. She said it was probably irritation from hot food, or perhaps my asthma medication (which is a steroid powder inhaler). So she sent me to the oral surgeon who did Cassie’s wisdom teeth recently (very good guy – Cassie barely noticed), and he took a look and decided to do a biopsy.

I got the result back on Monday when I returned to the surgeon, and he told me there was thickening of the tissue, with mild to moderate dysplasia. This means the cells are starting to play up, and could go wrong in the future. Therefore what he wants to do is remove the top layer of tissue from the roof of my mouth, from just in front of the uvula to about halfway along the front palate. He took impressions with that minty gel solidifying stuff (like when Brian made my London After Midnight teeth) so he can make a plate which will cover up the area while it heals. He’s confident the procedure will be curative, and told me not to worry. No mention of the cause – I’m going to talk to my doctor, just to let them know in case they need to change anything.

The op is set for December 21st. It’ll be a general anesthetic – I’ll probably be suspended upside down for the surgeon’s convenience. If he hangs me by my ankles, it could sort my back out too. A colleague suggested I could get a mani-pedi while out as well – get it all done while under – nice. 

We just had Thanksgiving, so I’m done eating for the year. Cassie and I have a big cocktail party at our place on Sat 17th – I want to have fun there. I’m not bothered too much about Xmas eating and partying – I’d rather get this done now and just relax over the holiday.

Drinking Water – Android app

When I visited the doctor before the wedding, he told me, “Basically you’re pretty healthy, but you need to do more exercise, eat more vegetables, and drink more water.”

I knew I would have trouble remembering to do these, so I did what anyone would do and checked the Android Market for an app which would remind me. I found Drinking Water, and it’s just the ticket (for the water part at least).

To set it up, you tell it how many cups of water you should drink per day. I wasn’t sure about this, because it varies based on height, age, whether you’re pregnant or sick or not, and various other things. So I googled around and found that I should drink 8 cups of water a day. For my UK readers, a cup is half a US pint, or about 236ml.

The app then pings regularly to tell you to drink a cup, then you hit the button to tell it you have. You can then get a graph of how many cups you drank over the past weeks. I haven’t really used that feature – although I can see that my water drinking slacks off over the weekend, when I’m not at my desk with water at my elbow.

A good side-effect of drinking more water is that I need to stand up regularly and visit the restroom, and to go to the kitchen for a refill. Considering the fact that sitting down will kill you, the more times I have to take a stroll the better.

Drinking Water is a great app, and I feel better for it already. I used to get headaches toward the end of the day, and these seem to have died off considerably.

I’m still working on the exercise and vegetables.