Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Facing the Dentist
This unnatural life-expectancy has some real drawbacks. I don't think teeth were intended to last 80 to 100 years. It is expensive to try to get them to. And it hurts.
I'm imagining that if I were born 100 years before I was, I would have died at about 29 when I had a ruptured appendix. Or perhaps in childhood when I had measles, mumps, and rubella. And bad ear infections. Perhaps I would have died in childbirth. I would have never had serious tooth problems by that age!
I have always wondered why there was no real solution for alcoholism until the mid-twentieth century. Maybe it is because very few alcoholics lived long enough to get a full knowledge of their condition before then.
I know there were drunks. I know that when alcoholism rears it's ugly head, it is terrible, no matter what age. But it is my observation that it takes years for an alcoholic to realize they need to stop... and that makes a person years older. You have to live long enough to get old enough for that. And alcoholics don't have the best health. We need modern medicine to live long.
OK, my mind has taken a left-turn in sheer terror of this afternoon, as you can see.
I will put my trust in God and walk forward today. I cannot control whether or not I am afraid, but I can control whether I am going to put one foot in front of the other and put a smile on my face and face the day. I have to be at work at 8, in clothes suitable for painting - I have been recruited to help paint a unit that has been remodeled. Fun.