Friday, January 15, 2021

An Unwelcome Changes & More Chucking Out Weekly Link Round-Up


Last year I spent a lot of time going through closets, getting rid of things we hadn't used in years, and reorganizing the survivors. In fact, I did that to two entire rooms. You'd think reorganization was so last year.

But it's not.

I'm at it again. Heck, I'm even reorganizing the reorganization I did last year. (I think I have the closet here in the office completely bewildered.) I've done some more work on my side of the closet in our bedroom, and the drawers in the linen closet will never be the same. I've even finished weeding through all the Christmas decorations. 

Would someone please stop me?!?

Perhaps the reorganization bug bit me again because my trip to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned wasn't very pleasant. The person who said growing old isn't for wimps spoke nothing but the truth. My dentist for decades has "three-quarters" retired. The woman who cleaned my teeth for decades had to retire to take care of her husband. The staff there is almost completely new. I went in with an open mind, but by the time I left, I'd formed an opinion. 
The replacements have invested heavily in high-tech gadgetry. Not only does the hygienist have a very heavy hand with the scraper (pardon my  lack of proper dental terminology but I think I left ten years' enamel back there), these new folks are extremely aggressive when it comes to their patients' money. After telling me that I've been brushing my teeth wrong for my entire adult life, the dentist and the hygienist began bandying about words like infection, dangerous, and "you don't want that to happen." Yet when I started asking specific questions concerning infection and danger, they began backpedaling and admitted that these things only needed to be watched, not taken care of immediately. Uh huh. 
Why do some folks have to to retire? *whine*

And on that note, it's time to head on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►Crafty Gems◄
►I ♥ Lists◄
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. Thanks. Sympathy for the high-tech dental work. Sounds awful. Yes, retiring is not good. My doctor of 43 years retired at 84 last spring. Nothing has been the same since. Corporate medical care has its deficiencies.
    Like the animal links and others.
    But that list of 89 new books for the year is daunting. I'll have to read it in depth and make a list, and of course, pay attention here to what is liked. (sigh) I'll never read every book that catches my fancy.

  2. Ugh! I know just what you mean about the new movement in dentistry, and in a lot of rest of the medical field, too. There's a whole new emphasis that I'm not entirely comfortable with, either. And sometimes I think they forget the personal bond, if that's the word, that's so important for good medical treatment. Anyway...thanks for the links. I hear Akotiri calling to me...

    1. Yes! Going in to see the dentist used to be like visiting family, but these new folks could care less. I suppose they think there's plenty more where we came from so why bother getting to know us. *sigh*

  3. Cathy, totally understand about your dentist and hygienist. My husband got the same speech at his recent teeth cleaning visit - about how he had been brushing his teeth wrong all his life. Ha! And I also have found that I'm now asked at some doctor appointments - when was the last time you fell? Do you think that's an 'over 60' question these days? My husband was asked the same. Ah well. I did enjoy that long, long list of books to anticipate. Some good ones there. Have a good weekend!

    1. I haven't been asked when I last fell, but I was labeled a fall risk when I was hospitalized last year-- even though I wasn't! That drove me absolutely nuts. I couldn't even stick a foot on the floor because they had the bed wired to sound the alarm if it looked like I was trying to make a run for it.

      May the weekend be good to you, too, Kay!

  4. Wow...have I been there. I used the same dentist for forty years but he went into semi-retirement several years ago, and now is fully retired. He sold his practice to a young woman who is nice as she can be but has a whole different approach and does not even try to do some of the more complicated procedures my old dentist did for me in the past. Now for anything out of the norm it's all about specialists and consultants - and the cost goes up as the insurance coverage goes down. Even root canals now require me to go to a stranger for that kind of thing. I haven't had to do it yet, but my wife has - although turns out she loved the stranger.

    I've had so many doctors retire now, people I've worked with for decades, that I can't even remember the names of some of the new people I'm seeing in their place.

    It's a Brave New World, for sure.

    1. Yup. It's a Brave New World, and I have to learn a new way to gird my loins to deal with it. Ah well. It's worth it to be on the right side of the grass.

  5. I had to go to specialists for root canals and dental surgery for years. I haven't gone for a long time though.

    I was asked if I fell in the last six months when I went to a new doctor who was asking me questions I had answered on page 1 of the 50-page form they gave me. Then sent me for tests for things I never had, body parts I no longer have, diseases I never had.

    It's corporate medical and dental care. And I guess I just want a family doctor and dentist. Are there any left?

    1. I have no idea, Kathy. I would imagine that they are few and far between.

  6. Both of my young adult children complain that the dentist/hygienist does a similar thing and can't really tell them what or why they are doing wrong. The why bugs them the most, they have healthy teeth and we have gone to the same dentist/office their whole lives. I see from the comments we are not alone.

    1. Yes, through these comments I'm realizing that this is rather wide spread. I think one of the things that bugged me the most is that I have healthy teeth and always had glowing reports every six months when I went in to get my teeth cleaned. This most recent visit tried to give me the feeling I had a mouthful of rotten snags.


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