Root Canals Minus One – Paul Feels The Ouch Already!

Time to walk…while Paul still can!  To Ralph’s market for another four miles.  Selecting the target is easy these days as Paul eyes the shopping list every morning and heads out!

Paul spent about 30 minutes in Ralph’s selecting the late August and early September birthday cards

OK… here it is… 60 days to go and 90 miles to make 750 miles this past year… Paul can do this as he says to himself over and over…”I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…”.

Remember This! 1. Avoid mushrooms with white gills, a skirt or ring on the stem and a bulbous or sack like base called a volva, 2. Avoid mushrooms with red on the cap or stem and, 3. Finally don’t consume any mushrooms unless you are 100% sure of what they are.

319 hours of walking is like eight weeks (at 40 hours/week) of walking!

On the walk, Paul spotted a mushroom/toadstool which reminded him of the elementary school saying,  “Away disease there is a fungus among us” when we were terrorizing friends!.

Right there in the front yard…dinner…mushroom soup!  The picture below is just the larger of the nearly 100 that suddenly appeared overnight.  Of course this begs the question, where is the toad? 

Did You Know? The phrase begging the question originated in the 16th century as a mistranslation of the Latin petitio principii, which actually translates to “assuming the initial point”. In modern vernacular usage, “begging the question” is frequently used to mean “raising the question” or “dodging the question”.

Do Not Eat This Type Of Mushroom!  While it will not kill you, it will make you quite sick…we know first hand!  Read more…

Just sitting there awaiting harvest!

Did You Know? The word “toadstool” comes from old German folklore and old fairy tales where toads are often depicted sitting on toadstool mushrooms and catching, with their tongues, the flies that are said to be drawn to the Fliegenpilz, a German name for the toadstool, meaning “flies’ mushroom”.

Raw brown mushrooms are 92% water, 4% carbohydrates, 2% protein and less than 1% fat. In a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) amount, raw mushrooms provide 22 calories and are a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of B vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid, selenium (37% DV) and copper (25% DV), and a moderate source (10-19% DV) of phosphorus, zinc and potassium (table). Vitamin C and sodium have no or minimal content.

We don’t  have these  around the hood and that is a good thing!

Random Memories: We were blessed with the opportunity to have our oldest grandson live with us for several years on and off when his dad was deployed overseas. One day, while his mommy was at work and he was at school, the school called.  “Hello!  Come to school quick, your grandson, on a dare form some other boys, ate some mushrooms that were growing on the school yard”.

We worked together so Sue was notified and we shot out of Rockwell going well over the sound barrier running by the school and scooping him up.  The little guy was in the 3rd grade maybe…today he is 240 pounds of lean mean loving machine…or so says his wife.

To the emergency hospital where they pumped his tummy and gave him black charcoal to drink!  We brought his him home and placed him on our little futon (small couch) where we proceeded to watch TV most of the afternoon intermittently barfing-up charcoal onto the futon.

The next day, Jon was back to normal but the futon was not as we saw it depart of premises in the back of the trash truck!

It was funny because as Paul selected birthday cards, while shopping at Ralph’s,  Jon called to say hello…he does that quite often.  Those years together formed quite a special bond between us and Jon.  PAul reminded him of the “Famous Mushroom Incident” and Jon said to this day he avoids mushrooms! Today he owns his own home in New Hampshire, is happily married, and (we hope) is thinking about great grand kids!

The flowering trees go wild this time of year

We can’t get over the beauty Mother Nature presents us every day.  The pink beauties thrive in the local area and just attract one’s attention!

Pinker than pink!

On the way back home, Paul gave Mitch (our son-in-law) a call as Mitch and Tater went to Bishop to go fishing.  We talked for a few minutes and Paul thought he should send a little cartoon for them to consider…lot’s of truth in this one!

Tater and Mitch must of taken a nap!

Back home and facing reality…tomorrow at 8:00 AM Paul will be in Fountain Valley getting two…count ’em, two…root canals!  Or as Sue would say (afterall she is the math teacher), “Paul you need a….”

Did You Know? A root canal is a procedure performed by a dentist or endodontist. An endodontist is a specialist who focuses on diseases and injuries of the dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth.

First, an x-ray is taken of the root canals, and your dentist will check to see if there is any infection in the surrounding bone. Next, the dentist will numb the area.

The dentist will put a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep the area dry. They then will drill a hole in the tooth to get access to the affected area. The pulp and nerve tissue that is affected is then removed from the tooth. The dentist will then wash away the debris with water.

After the tooth is cleaned out, it is sealed. Sometimes it takes a couple of appointments to finish the root canal. If this is the case, then a temporary filling will be placed in the hole to prevent contamination. To seal the tooth, a rubber substance called gutta-percha is filled into the tooth. A filling is placed in the access hole to seal it up. Finally, the dentist may need to restore the tooth with a crown or a post if there is extensive decay.


Back home and we watch TV awaiting the cleaning folks to arrive which they do about 4:00 PM.  We headed to Old Ranch where Paul did on a salad.

Back home for some NCIS before crashing around midnight!  PAul sat the alarm clock (Apple iPhone) to assure he gets up early and east something…the doc said “Make sure you eat”…is that because the mouth will be so sore you will not be able to eat?  Oh dear!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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