Minus one Pre Molar

Thanks to all of you who have been asking about my health – I really appreciate all your concern, good wishes and prayers.

I had the offending tooth removed on Monday which was a relief.  The pain is much much better but I think I will probably need another course of antibiotics as my jaw is really sore and swollen still.

My sleep pattern is totally shot so I’m walking round like something from Zombies Dawn of the Dead right now!

Been back in work since Tuesady but not really firing on all cylinders yet.

It was my weigh in day today and happy to say I’ve lost another 2.5lb this week taking me to 20lb overall so far.  I reckon 5g of that was the tooth that was removed – ha!

I’ve been asked by a couple of people whether I took any pictures of me at my fattest and the answer is no, I was always either behind the camera or postively dodging everyone else’s!

However I do have an avatar of me at my heaviest

These things never give the full picture as they don’t show all the real lumps and bumps and cellulite but hey, you get the idea!

The next is me at my weight today, still a long way to go but 20% of the way to my long term goal.  I’ve taken 3.9 points off my BMI and reduced my body fat as a % of my total weight by 12.5% since the end of July.  I am hovering around the border between morbidly obese and obese so that will be the next mini hurdle to jump.  By the time I am over it I will be the same weight I was last November when I broke my ankle – a whole year out of my life thanks to a dodgy pavement that the council even  now can’t be bothered to mend.

And finally here’s my goal weight

It will probably take me to the end of next year to get here but I am absolutely determined.  

I was hunting through some old pictures yesterday and found one of me taken in 1983 and I was as slim as that so no real reason why I can’t be again.

Everyone who sees me now is commenting on how well I’m looking which is great.  And everyone is also asking how I am doing it, I suppose in the hopes that I might have found some painless, easy way to shed the pounds.  The sad truth is that its not easy, its a hard slog and every tiny bit of progress is hard fought.

I am counting calories with the help of the Weight Loss Resources website which lists absolutely everything.  Its a simple input and output equation with me aiming to reduce my calorie intake by 1000 per day below what my body needs. In my case its 1100 calories per day that I am allowed and its up to me to make wise choices.  I try and get a good mix of whole grains, fruit veg and lean protein.  That should have me loose 2lb per week.

My larger loss this week is due to my body being messed up with Codeine painkillers which basically stop the digestive tract from functioning properly.  Now the offending tooth has gone I don’t need such strong analgesics and my body has readjusted to include some of what I actually lost last week but which was masked by my being somewhat bloated.

So, onward and downward and lets see if I can get into the obese category in the next couple of weeks.

Keep smiling

Accidental Damage

You’ll remember I had a rear end shunt in the car a little while back.

I’d thought I had got away with a few aches and pains and would soon be back to myself.  Needed a couple of days off work but otherwise felt ok.

Then I got hit with rather bad toothache over last weekend.  A trip to the dentist on Monday ended up in me having a root canal treatment.  But I was in so much pain I hardly cared at that point – at least Andrew (dental surgeon) was able to save the tooth.

However…..as soon as the nerve was removed I realised that my lower jaw was even more painful.  Andrew thought it was referred pain which would settle now that the problem tooth was sorted.

If only……..

By Tuesday I was in so much pain even with strong painkillers that I had to leave work.  I daren’t tell you how many painkillers I was taking but between Ibuprofen, Paracetamol and codeine it was barely even taking the edge off the pain.

On Wednesday I went back to see Andrew who confirmed that this was not referred pain but a whole new problem with the tooth directly opposite the original problem – this time an abscess and not redeemable.   More antibiotics, more painkillers and the prospect of an extraction when the infection has cleared enough.  So that’s one cracked crown and one cracked root all as a result of my little rear end shunt.

Thursday, yet another visit to the dentist (I have my own chair there) this time for the most excruciating experience ever to have the abscess drained.  It was frozen and numbed somewhat with Novocaine (which gives me the shakes) but still   awful.  I’m afraid I was a complete baby  and must have scared off the woman in the waiting room.  I drove home and resorted to yet more codeine to knock me out as soon as I got home.

Friday passed in a bit of a blur but Saturday was pretty memorable.  I had to go into work to finish a really important report and couldn’t take any codeine as I wouldn’t have been able to either drive or produce any coherent work.  Lets just say the pain really set in and leave it at that.  I managed to finish by 3, home by 4 and hitting the painkillers again.

I actually slept until they wore off and the pain woke me up.  Now its 4 in the morning and I’m just catching up with you all before the codeine knocks me out again.

Please keep me in your prayers, I am so not looking forward to Monday and having this tooth out……..