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The Dentist, Flu Shots & Soup

I spent three hours at the dentist this morning – a regular cleaning (love those! seriously, I do) and getting a cracked tooth fixed. Turns out I am a wickedly intense clencher and I had CRACKED a tooth because I clench so hard. Hey, when I do something, I like to do it well. 😉 Too bad my previous dentist never caught how bad it was, and thank goodness for new insurance that required me to switch dentists.

Because of the clenching, my jaw and neck is sore all the time, I have headaches every day, and my jaw pops a lot. It’s all just gotten pretty bad in the past few months, as life has been preeeeetty stressful lately which definitely makes the problem worse. It was a good reminder about stress management, and hopefully continuing with meditation and increasing my yoga practice will help. That, and the mouth guard I got fitted for today. Joy.

I decided to follow up the dentist appointment with getting my first flu shot in 8 or 9 years. The last time I got one, I got the worst flu of.my.life., and I was visiting family in a different state for over a week so I wasn’t even in my own home and bed and was sick the entire time. It was awful. I’m sure the flu shot/getting the flu was a coincidence and not a cause & effect, but I’ve been superstitious ever since. However, a friend talked me into it this year by reminding me of all the travelling I’m doing lately and how I’m trapped on planes with tons of sick people. (Never mind that my primary care physician couldn’t talk me into it.)

So by lunch time, my arm was sore, my mouth was numb and I was starving since I had a light breakfast (not smart Teri). I finally headed to Whole Foods to get some soup and it dribbled down my face as I tried to eat. It was pretty sexy, I tell ya. My numbness didn’t wear off for about 5 hours, but luckily I didn’t have to talk much on conference calls today!

I met Leslie Ann for some girl time/blog brainstorming time (something fun coming up!) after work and was starving by the time I got home. My jaw is extra sore tonight from all the work this morning so I ate more soup for a late dinner. But, the bonus of all this is that I discovered two awesome soups. I highly recommend both of these. And they’re both gluten free and dairy free.

SAM_1207

I’m definitely going to keep both of these on hand for days I’m craving soup. They’d be great with a toasted baguette or crackers, but I passed on anything requiring chewing today.

SAM_1205

Do you get a flu shot? Any other teeth grinders/clenchers out there?

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenna
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    Sorry your day was kind of “blah” because of all that! Hopefully the mouth guard will help. I had to get braces the day after I turned 21, and I’ve had them off for 6 years now, but I still wear my retainer every night because I don’t want my teeth to move! Haha! I wake up biting up it kind of hard sometimes, so I hope I don’t eventually have problems, too.

    That was smart to get a flu shot! I got one this year, too, and last year was the first time I ever did. I never thought I needed it until I got the flu the year before and was the sickest I’ve ever been. Totally worth it now!

    Thanks for sharing those soups! I love soups when it gets colder, but I never find store-bought ones I like, and sometimes it’s just too time-consuming to make them during the week. I’ll be on the lookout for both of those. Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Thanks for the empathy! 🙂 I hope you don’t have issues eventually either!

      Fingers crossed I don’t get the flu…ha!

      I also have a hard time finding store-bought soups that I like and you’re right, sometimes it’s just too time consuming to make! I hope you like these! You have a great weekend too!

  • Reply
    Susie
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    Yes and yes

  • Reply
    Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out
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    Wow, that’s scary!! I hope you are able to resolve your headaches and some of the clenching!

  • Reply
    RLR
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    My kids get flu mist, but I skip the shot. Not really sure why. One year my daughter ended up with H1N1 because that wasn’t “in” the shot that year. Six days out of school – but thankfully it was just preschool!
    I’ll have to look for that butternut squash soup. Nevermind that I have a butternut squash on my counter right now (I’m saving it to roast and make that salad you posted)!

  • Reply
    Haley
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    Those soups look delicious….yum! So the flu shot is a dead virus so it’s impossible to get the flu from it. If you got the flu it was one of two things: a) the flu shot takes two weeks to build immunity so you were already exposed when you had the vaccine or b)the vaccine only covers the three most common strains and you were unlucky enough to get a different strain. (Can you tell I give my patients this chat daily?:) )

    Hope life slows down a bit for you…

  • Reply
    Brenda
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    Take care of that jaw, Teri…..after the mouth guard comes a soft food diet and then TMJ surgery. I had it back in 1993.

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      YIKES. Was the soft food diet permanent? Any other tips to take care of it?

      • Reply
        Brenda
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        the mouthguard helped some….but I clenched through it at night. Luckily my best friend from childhood is a dental hygienist, so she made me a couple of extras. My oral surgeon tried everything he could think of–turns out the disc between the two jawbones had been squeezed out on both sides. I had a headache 24/7 for almost 2 years. I woke up from the surgery and the headache was gone.

        • Reply
          Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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          That’s what my dentist told me – that I’ve squeezed out the disks from my jawbones. He thinks one side may still have a little bit of disk but that the other side is completely out. 🙁

  • Reply
    Stepfanie
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    Teri,
    I’m so sorry to hear you’re dealing with clenching. I’ve been a clencher since college, and I’ve been through several mouth guards… and have chipped/cracked some teeth. Ugh. Stress relief helps, but I find that this is the hardest habit to break because it happens when we are sleeping. I have recently started taking some herbs for adrenal health, which helps with stress.
    I hope life settles down for you soon. If you find yourself in Asheville, let me know! I’d love to meet up. 🙂
    Stepf

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    Emily
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    I’m sorry things have been hard. Sending good vibes your way!

  • Reply
    Kristen
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    I get the flu shot but I don’t really do it for me. I’ve known a few folks who’ve gone through cancer treatment, including the family of a girl who went through treatment during kindergarten. Flu season is an added stress for them. You can’t get vaccinated during chemo because your immune system is suppressed but influenza can be fatal because your immune system is suppressed. Since influenza, like the common cold, can be contagious 24 hours before you have symptoms, it isn’t enough for folks going through chemo to avoid sick people. So I make sure that my family and myself get vaccinated.

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