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There have been two big events in our household this week.

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The first has been the lovely girl having braces fitted, following the removal of a couple of teeth the week before.  A common problem associated with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is dental overcrowding due to a high arched and narrow palate.  I had 6 teeth removed as a teen and for a while sported a lovely pair of fangs as teeth erupted from the wrong place.  Both my boys have inherited my narrow face and dental overcrowding – the young engineer required surgery to open his gums to expose teethe and apply chains to them which were then attached to braces, the politics student had teeth removed and braces.

With her different bone structure we thought the lovely girl had missed this particular joy of EDS, but it was not to be.  Her last trip to the dentist resulted in a “dental emergency” as he said she needed baby teeth removed urgently and orthodontist treatment asap……oh and Merry Christmas.  This rather extreme reaction (I mean I didn’t know there was such a thing as an orthodental emergency!!) was probably down to the fact that the dental surgery had forgotten to make a referral 18 months ago, but I just assumed she was still on on the waiting list.  So the lovely girl is about 2 years late at 16 to be having braces and will need the same surgery as her eldest brother.  She has made little fuss, but was ashen the following morning and is now sporting a very sore mouth.  Her lovely brother of course fed her lots of horror stories!!

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The second big event was Burn’s night and the annual celebration of all things Scottish at the lovely girl’s school.  This year we took mum and her friend, along with two other couples to add to our number and swell the tartan brigade.

A wee dram of whisky sour started the night of nicely followed by the piping in of the haggis and the traditional Robbie Burn’s toast  – delivered beautifully by a Scottish teacher fully decked out in kilt and sporan.  Now hubby was half decked out, having borrowed a jacket and bow tie from our friends’ son…..he wasn’t brave enough to try the kilt though!

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Whisky Panna Cotta with raspberries

Haggis with tatties and napes, followed by whisky panna cotta went down very well to be swiftly followed by a Scottish reel or two!!  This is the part of the evening that brings mixed feelings as once upon a time I would have been the first on the dance floor, but must now be content to watch…….but the best part is sitting and watching everyone go the wrong way, bump into each other and screech with laughter.  At one point I swear that the group mum and hubby were dancing in were doing a completely different dance to the rest of the hall.

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Confused??

Granted it was nigh on impossible to hear what the caller was telling them to do…..but at times there was not a dry eye in the house with all the laughter.  Maybe next year I will have my motorised wheelchair sorted and be able to literally run rings around them – can’t transport it until our new Motability car arrives!

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Got it! Hubby with friend

I think that the majority of these blog posts are new bloggers to Monday Magic this week and vary from recipes to writing tips to self care/health posts.  There is even a post for all you introverts out there.  I really hope that you enjoy these as much as I have – so grab a cuppa, sit back and read some great posts!

http://theseatedview.com/2019/01/from-helplessness-to-hope-with-chronic-illness-5-strategies-to-push-back-depression.html

https://chronicmomlife.com/things-you-should-not-say-to-a-special-needs-parent/

https://www.autonomicrn.com/2019/01/20/a-little-nursing-therapy/

https://jumpstartpositivity.com/introvert/

https://khmerkronicle.blogspot.com/2019/01/3-things-i-learnt-in-2018.html

https://glutenfreecuppatea.co.uk/2019/01/23/oven-baked-gluten-free-arancini-recipe/

https://www.writerscookbook.com/how-to-stop-overthinking-your-writing/

https://bloggerstrafficcommunity.com/take-to-be-a-successful-blogger/

https://thrivewithjanie.com/steps-to-attaining-your-health-goals-in-2019/

https://www.heatherleguilloux.ca/blog/review-gratitude-guide-7-days-to-a-grateful-heart/

https://bestwishestaylor.com/healthy-lifestyle-affirmations/

Please comment on, like and share these blogs!

Have a great week,

Claire x

 

Taste Buds, Drugs and Red, Red Wine

miley-tongueA visit to the dentist got me thinking again about what our medication does to us.  I am pleased to report that the dentist was very impressed when I opened my mouth – no not to speak , he made sure that didn’t happen – but to see a set of filling free gnashers!  Quite a feat at my grand old age as my kids remind me.  Forget the dodgy back, bendy limbs, loose joints, malfunctioning bladder and pain, because my teeth are still ok!

My dentist actually knew what Ehlers Danlos syndrome is and what a spinal cord stimulator is and I  have to say, this impressed me.  He knew that EDS can cause mucus membranes (the mouth lining), to be drier than normal and that the various drugs we all take for chronic pain can also cause oral problems.  Of course he spoke to me about the importance of good mouth care, dental hygiene, flossing etc to keep my gums as healthy as possible, but it got me thinking about some other side effects of the drugs, particularly opiates.

images (26)In the heady days of my early career as a London staff nurse, when we both worked hard and played hard, I was introduced to red wine.  I’d never really liked it before, but our medic friends Steve and Tina introduced us to a certain wine bar in Leicester Square – and Steve introduced Duncan to a single malt whisky club, least said about that the better!!  The Cork & Bottle was a basement bistro style wine bar and was the only place in the early ’90s where a particular Aussie red wine was to be found.  More than once the four of us drank them dry of our favourite and had to be thrown out when we outstayed our welcome.  I have no idea if it is still there, but it holds some great memories.

After the drowsiness, one of the first side effects I noticed when I started my cocktail of drugs was a change in my taste buds.  Particularly for red wine!  I know, I know, as a responsible now unregistered nurse, I must tell you all that it is never wise to mix strong drugs with alcohol.  All the packaging tells you so.images (27)  But at times when it feels like there are few pleasures left, a tipple is called for – except for when it starts to taste DISGUSTING! My favourite red wine tasted foul – bitter and sediment like really cheap, student wine.  What on earth was going on??  Did I ever remember to tell my patients that favourite food and drink might become unpalatable?  In my head and neck days it went without saying, but I’m not sure that I really understood just how much my mouth, and my eyes for that matter, would change due to drugs.  A drier, sore mouth with taste buds that could no longer taste – sweet food became a no, no and savoury food never had enough flavour.

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Then we come to the eyes, more mucus membranes beneath the lids.  I wear contact lenses and have done since I was 14, but in the last couple of years my eyes have become noticeably more dry and irritated after a shorter wearing time.  My optician wasn’t surprised after he asked which drugs I took – at the time oxycodone, lyrica/pregabalin, mirtazepine and fluoxetine.  These may seem like such small things, and really they are, but they just add to an already difficult situation.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.  Whilst I am still on various drugs and still suffer brain fog, I am finding that my taste is altering again.  My mouth remains dry and at times my gums are sore, but I can drink and more importantly ENJOY a glass of red wine again!! Cheers…

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