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This is where I’ll share my stories through pictures and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do creating them.

Alvina

My Root Canal Adventure (II)

Continuation from Part (I)

Since I have not met anyone who has done a root canal treatment before, I don’t know what to expect or how to deal with post-treatment.

Will it hurt? How is the pain on a scale of 1-10? How do I manage the pain after the treatment? Those are among the many thoughts I had while I was going through my options.

The total cost is going to be a little over $1500 and because the treatment is included in our private health insurance, our out of pocket cost is signifacantly reduced. The treatment is divided into 3 appointments, so I had to pay a small-ish amount of money each time.

I think that was enough information for me to proceed with my decision and I made an appointment to see the dentist for my first session.

I told myself that I wasn’t going to Google anything about root canal because I don’t want to scare myself. Eventually I did search for more information about the procedure but I kept the reading to a minimal.

I was anxious on the day itself. My main concern was will I be able to keep my mouth open for the entire duration?

To my relief, I had this thing called a bite block inserted into my mouth and basically it keeps my mouth open throughout the session without me having to put much effort into opening my mouth. I was so relieved!

The dentist had to take 1 last x-ray of my gum and tooth before proceeding so that she could see where the roots are.

Then the dentist injected the numbing chemical and in my case she went right to the back of my jaw and about 10 minutes in I could not feel any sensation on my left jaw. Although 5 minutes into drilling my tooth later I could still feel some sensitivity, which was proceeded with more of the numbing chemical.

The dentist inserted a metal square-ish thing to isolate my tooth from its neighbours. It was then attached to a rubbery sheet to further isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth.

Extirpation. That was the word that was printed on my first appointment receipt. What it means is the removal of the nerve of the tooth. The pulp, nerve and tissues are removed using a small instrument. I remember peeking from time to time and I saw the dentist using very thin and short filament that looked more like the craft pipe cleaner!

So more of that vigorous in-out motion and more of the craft pipe cleaner looking things. I think the dentist then proceeded with putting in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation medication in my tooth and ended with a temporary filling.

It did not hurt at all during the procedure.

Did it hurt afterwards?

No, not on the tooth itself. There was a slight pain but it came from the point where the dentist injected the numbing chemical. And the next couple of days, were just slight discomfort but nothing that requires extreme pain relief. The dentist said, if it hurts too much a normal pain relief medication is sufficient. But it should go away on its own and should not cause more pain that before the procedure.

Why did I choose to go for a root canal treatment? That will be my next post!

 

My Root Canal Adventure (I)

I’m not a big fan when it comes to a trip to the dentist.

So when I finally decided on going for a root canal procedure, it was after a long thought process.

Root canal, or Endodontic is a treatment used to repair and save tooth where the nerve become infected or injured.

In my case, it all started a few years back with a crack on the tooth. My tooth had no other issues until after that crack that just happened while I was eating my meal.

Back then I decided on repairing it with a filling that could keep the tooth together. The dentist recommended a further crown in the future as I was still pregnant and he did not want to do any intrusive procedure until after I’ve given birth.

I did not do anything else even after given birth because life just got in the way. Caring for young children was intense and I did not have any help with looking after my children.

So when my tooth started to having more issues since early 2017 (such as longer lasting sensitivity) I had to think of  a solution and after numerous visits to a few dentists, I decided to do a root canal and a crown to cap the tooth.

Root canal, appointment 1. Before going in.

To be continued…

Kangkung, the Unassuming Dish

I had the image in my mind of how my kangkung dish should look like.

However I did google up the instructions for cleaning and preparing the kangkung. Why?? Because eventhough my mom is just a phone call away and I can just ask people on my FB, I could not be bothered ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Google search of instructions

So you can fry kangkung with shrimp paste or belacan, garlic, chilli and many other flavourings. I find that the kangkung that I bought has an aromatic smell which I find as a pleasant surprise. Okay, okay, I know….I’m a noob at eating kangkung!

Kangkung and how to on wikiHow

wikiHow and many other sites may spell it as kangkong, but I will stick with how I say it – Kangkung.

Kangkung and shrimp sauce

I’ve decided on frying my bunch of kangkung with shrimp sauce.

Very fine shrimp sauce, recommended!

It is fine, smells awesome and tastes great!

Fried kangkung in the making

Everything in the pot anddd….

Shrimp sauce fried kangkung and chopped chilli

All ready!

Eat with warm rice and it was AMAZING!!!!

This Plant Called Kangkung

Kangkung or its English name water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) has a very humble beginning.

During the Japanese occupation during WWII, it became a war time crop because it was so easy to grow and require very little care for it to propagate.

But in the US, it has become an invasive species. Its floating stems form dense mats and this can be troublesome for aquatic life and human activities.

Now you may ask why am I talking about this modest vegetable.

Well I’ve recently become acquainted with kangkung and it was out of curiosity. But mostly because I’ve been dreading the selection of vegetables available in this country and I’ve been missing the leafy and crunchy vegetable selections of SEA, more specifically Malaysian assortment of vegetables.

So I found out that my local Asian grocer sells kangkung from time to time and when they had it, I bought a bundle. Buying was easy, how to clean and cook it is quite foreign to me. You see, when I lived in Malaysia, I never eat kangkung not because of its simplicity, but Malaysia just has an abundance of vegetables that kangkung just never crossed my mind.

 

Leafy green craving? ✔

Found and bought some? ✔

Clean and cook? ✘

Eat? ✘

 

Join me in my next post about how I tackle the cleaning and cooking process ☺

 

A Bouquet Like No Other

I did not post anything yesterday eventhough it was my posting day (Tues & Thurs) because I was swamped by the going ons in my life. So to make it up, I’m posting this photo. Regular Thursday post will be as usual tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your week ❤

 

How to Deal with Door Knockers (Vol III of III)

Continuation from Vol II

Moral of the story is:

  1. There is never a gentle/nice way to say ‘no’ to another person.
  2. Don’t open the door for whatever reason if you’re not expecting anyone, even though your kids are screaming and the knocker most definitely knows that the occupants are home. Just ignore them!!!
  3. Don’t be pressured to hand out your money or personal info just because you want to be charitable. If the cause is not something you care about, just say no and walk away.
  4. You can’t please everyone.
  5. And just because people give you money, it doesn’t mean they care about what you do. They might be doing it because they want to get rid of you.

I understand that if not prompted, the general population may not want to give them any donation at all if there is no motivation. And simply showing up in front of people’s front door, although will get you some amount of money, will leave some bad taste with people.

These are my suggestions:

1. KNOW WHO TO TARGET

There are ways to look for information on your target audience. Isn’t it much better to get a better exposure AND donation while not putting people in a tough spot (especially when you approach them in front of their home while they are busy living their lives?

2. SHOPPING CENTRES

You get an eclectic group of people here and I feel most of the elderly population do donate more compared to the young-ish population.

3. OPEN DAYS

This is for the long term planning, not for the immediate cash/fund raising.

And if all these fails, and you find yourself in a pickle with only door-to-door donation to do, then I ask that the next time I say NO to you, just politely say ‘thank you for your time’, with a smile of course, and be on your merry way. Never ever show me your sulking face or pouty mouth while saying some passive-aggressive comments.

 

For the record, the last lady that came took my rejection calmly and wasn’t repulsive of my rejection.