Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I never expected this!

So I turned 50 last month. Not such a big deal. I don't feel old. Don't look old (so I'm told by reliable sources). So I wasn't really worried. Oh, getting the bifocals - pardon me, graduated lenses - made me feel a little old. But that seemed to be the only real sign of aging.

And then I broke a tooth. Could happen to anybody, right? But I wasn't eating cashew nuts or nachos or chewy taffy. Oh no. I broke a huge hunk off of a tooth eating a glazed donut. A fresh one. Soft. Should not have broken a tooth, right? Dentist managed to repair without much discomfort.

Then I went to the doctor due to some discomfort. That led to some simple tests in the office. Not being satisfied, I'm now lined up for blood work, a session of nerve conduction testing, and a return to the doctor. Oh...and get this. The doctor actually used the phrase "a person of your age". OUCH! Totally unnecessary, dear doctor.

And last night, eating a pizza with a soft crust, I broke another freaking tooth!! Not the same one...but the same position on the opposite side! Of course the dentist was all booked up today. I whined on the phone about eating Thanksgiving dinner with a broken tooth and earned their sympathy. They worked me into the schedule and all is well - as long as I avoid hard food, sticky food, cold food, and hot food. And get this...he actually used the phrase "when people get to be your age". Is this a conspiracy?!?

So I feel a little like I'm falling apart overnight. And I'm not loving that feeling. But I know I've had enough of that 'person of your age' shit! I'm just NOT that old!

9 comments:

Winston said...

Have you gotten the "Senior Discount" question at a food joint yet? AARP card? Hey, it's only $10 or so and will quickly establish you as a deserving senior who needs a discount. Get used to it... more on the way...

Mommy off the Record said...

You're not old! And anyway, isn't "old" really a relative term? I bet if you told a 80 year old this story, he'd be like, "Hmph, you're just a youngin'. You've still got all your teeth. I've only got 5 left!" See, it's just a matter of perspective :)

But seriously, I do hope you get your teeth fixed and they don't keep chipping! Happy Thanksgiving :)

Jill said...

Em, you're scaring me. I want to know how a glazed donut can break a tooth?? If that's physically possible, I will be toothless real soon.

Jazz said...

OK, I've got the bifocas (erm, graduated lenses) but haven't started breaking teeth yet. But then you have five years on me. So what are you going to eat for Thanksgiving? Cranberry sauce?

Chelle said...

I kinda felt like that when I turned 40. and I KNOW 40 is not old (neither is 50!) but it just seemed like every time I turned around I was at the doc for something or other....coincidence I think...but still!!! LOL

SOrry about the teeth...at least they got you in asap with the second one!!

Hope you had a gret thanksgiving :)

radioactive girl said...

I'm only 31 and I am always at the doctor. I hate to think of what is in store for me when I am "old". I keep pushing back the age that I consider old. It used to be 30, now it is somewhere around 70. By the time I get to 70, it will probably be 90. I don't think I will ever be "old"!

Meander said...

well they say that 50 is the new 30 so by the time you are 60...you will be twenty! see how that works? sorry about your teeth. did the dentist say what is causing them to break?

Em said...

Thanks for your support! Teeth made it through the holidays. And I'm recovering from suddenly feeling so old. I like Meander's theory...that in another 10 years I'll feel like a spry young 20-year-old. Excellent frame of mind!

cyndy said...

Well I am a wee bit older than you but I know of what you speak with the body issues!!!!