2023 won’t be boring – Orange County Register

I’m always happy when the new year approaches. It offers a clean slate, a chance to live life anew.

And memories of the past year come up. I think about how different my life has been since a bad fall earlier this year. My neurologist, Dr. Zhanna Rapoport, sent me for an MRI – which showed seven brain aneurysms.

People have said, “Oh, that must have been awful.” However, the cerebral angiogram and the resulting surgery to place the stents around the aneurysms were not “awful” at all, as I had complete trust in my wonderful neurosurgeon, Dr. Astoria’s tsimpas had.

What was stressful was waiting for my teeth cleaning, which I have to do every three months due to problematic teeth. And what’s even worse is that I have to wait for my colonoscopy because of the blood thinners I have to take to prevent blood clots.

By the time I’m able to get my teeth cleaned, it’s going to cost me a lot of money, ka-ching. And I’m definitely going to have nitrous oxide because it’s not going to be pretty.

This reminds me of one of my recent dental appointments with my knowledgeable and entertainingly funny dentist, Dr. Paul Murray of SC Dental Care.

While he was examining a problem spot that my efficient hygienist, Lina, spotted while brushing her teeth, his assistant, Daniel, and I chatted amusingly about the benefits of nitrous oxide. Daniel even had an interesting idea – a nitrous oxide bar. You know, like the oxygen bars that provide oxygen. Maybe worth considering.

And my colonoscopy – Oy! And hey Caramba! I need to get back to this, not just because I miss the doctor (as I said in my November 5, 2020 article: With COVID, I started thinking of my colonoscopy as a social outing, and that’s why my gastroenterologist has to be my dream date). But I’m also a bit nervous because my colonoscopy is long overdue and I have a high risk of colon cancer. Damn blood thinners.

After my wonderful gastroenterologist, Dr. Ketan Shah, after doing my first colonoscopy, he told me that I had to have one every year. Oops! I told him OK, but that he had better not go anywhere. I don’t want to get stuck with someone else.

So come on, 2023 – show me what you’ve got. One thing is for sure. I know it never gets boring.

Diane Duray is a resident of Laguna Woods Village. Contact them at dduray47@gmail.com.

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/08/there-wont-be-a-dull-moment-ahead-in-2023/ 2023 won’t be boring – Orange County Register

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