Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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I’ll Take My Coffee in Liquid Form, Please

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recently I discovered a quite acceptable alternative to my favourite beverage, an iced mocha: chocolate-covered coffee beans! Popping a few of those yummies in my mouth was way easier than going out for a cold beverage. They were on the verge of becoming addictive until…

I bit into one that seemed as hard as a rock. It felt like a jagged piece scratched my gum, which I was aware of when I ate but I didn’t think any more of it.

A few days later the apparent scratch was still bugging me. I stuck in a finger to feel for the scratch and, much to my surprise, a tooth wiggled like a loose tooth. Huh? I didn’t dare try again to confirm in case I caused more damage. But, I had a sinking, panicky feeling that I had cracked or broken my back molar. Up until now, most of my dental work in my thirty-fifteen years has been done in hospital under general anaesthesia – an experience I have absolutely no desire of reliving.

Monday morning Darrell called the wheelchair repair guy to cancel the pick-up of his power wheelchair and put the repairs on hold for another week. We had to get to the dentist and couldn’t wait around for the guy to show up.

Thankfully the 5 centimetres of snow had not materialized overnight and, except for wishing power chairs came with onboard heaters, we made it to the dentist without incident.

After poking around in my mouth, the dentist, without saying a word to me, went out to Darrell to deliver the news. After living this game for 45 years, I should be used to people, particularly medical professionals, not speaking directly to me. But, it still hurts, still stings. I was on the verge of tears.

Just because you don’t understand me (due to a lack of even trying) does not mean I do not understand you. Speak directly to me, especially when it concerns me and my health.

I called for Darrell and we quickly corrected the dentist’s uncertainty of me being able to understand him.

The verdict, after four x-rays, which is not easy with shaky cerebral palsy and an over active gag reflex: one broken tooth and one cracked tooth. He was able to remove the broken hunk. Now I need that tooth crowned or extracted, and the other tooth filled or crowned. The Ministry does not cover crowns, of course.

i now need to find a dentist who can do the work in the office; again, tricky with athetoid cerebral palsy. Otherwise I face a hospitalization, which I really want to avoid if at all possible. I am all for facing one’s fears, but some are meant to be left alone and, based on previous experiences, being in hospital can be left in my distant past.

I have learned to stick with my coffee in cold, liquid form. It is less expensive and less terrifying that way.

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Comment by Barbara

November 22, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

Oh, no! That’s horrible, Glenda! I wish I knew a more appealing answer to your dilemma. Sending good thoughts!

Comment by Liz

November 22, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

Argh! That sucks! Good luck finding a dentist who can do the job (and who will speak with you directly!) Meanwhile I hope you have good pain meds.

Comment by Liz

November 22, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

If you do end up in hospital (ugh) maybe can get friends and family to schedule so they stay with you 24/7? That’s what I would try for and then you have a real advocate around at all times. But maybe the hospital doesn’t allow that?

Comment by Holly

November 23, 2011 @ 7:19 am

Oh Glenda! I’m so sorry about your teeth and the dentist. Hoping you get to a understanding dentist that will do the work in-office.

If chocolate covered coffee beans are out for you…stay away from wasabi peas as well! I love them both!

Comment by Glenda

November 24, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

Thank you for your good thoughts. The search for a suitable dentist continues…

And Holly, thanks for the warning about wasabi peas…I’ll definitely stay away from those too!

Comment by Elder Help

December 12, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

Those chocolate covered coffee beans sounds delicious. Perhaps they can make them softer and gel like, then it would be much more bearable?

Comment by Handicapped Help

December 14, 2011 @ 9:37 am

Trying new things sometimes is risky, but hey, most of the time the experience is worth it, other times it’s worth a tad bid too much!

Comment by Carla MacInnis Rockwell

January 24, 2012 @ 3:26 am


I totally sympathise. I have a fabulous dentist who has a significant patient load of persons living with cerebral palsy. Thankfully, I’ve not required sedation dentistry for procedures; the last was a sheared molar – bit down on a vitamin tablet if you can believe that! The tooth was saved – posted and capped. At 58 (in a few months), I still have all my toofies. A Sonicare toothbrush and a homeopathic tooth plaque softener keeps the chompers where they should be – in my mouth! BTW, the plaque softener I use is called Fragaria Vesca – available at – I get the 30ch potency and use as required. Get in touch if you want the low-down on the FV. My wee terrier also uses it! 🙂

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