Thursday Thoughts

Saving an injured American Bald Eagle

Saving an injured American Bald Eagle (American Bird Conservancy)

I’m back from the oral surgeon’s office where I was informed that the ‘bump’ inside my mouth (left jaw) is not cancer, not an abscess, not a cyst, but a ‘bone spur’ and not related to the decayed tooth.  Gosh, yet another growth pops out (literally) as I age.  My primary care physician calls them barnacles.  Nothing I did wrong, it just happens.

Meanwhile, after I freaked out, and then calmed down, I noticed my dentist had not indicated on the referral form which tooth would need the root canal. So, I called the dentist’s office and finally got a response. Doctor L., my old but generally competent dentist had forgotten who I was, but had a look at my records.  “Tooth number 20,” says he.

I then called the endodontist’s office, and the nurse practitioner told me to not take any pain medication before I visit next Tuesday because Dr Way would test my teeth to see which one was causing distress. Oh goodie.

I asked David, “How do people who are slightly addled keep track of all this medical information?”  And that doesn’t include the forms, paperwork and need to withdraw funds from my savings because my health insurance does not cover everything.  David, who has perfect teeth, has dental insurance through his carrier.  However, I removed myself from his policy a few years ago because I found having two policies (my own and his), plus Medicare very confusing. The next time you hear the sobriquet, “Getting Old isn’t for Sissies” believe it.


While I have been frequenting medical offices this week, I have continued to read Margaret Macmillan’s powerful book, The War that Ended Peace. This book is not about WWI, it is about the history of Europe, Turkey (Ottoman Empire), Japan, and the US) before the war, from about 1860 to 1914, and my kind of history.

MacMillian includes biographical sketches of the major players before WWI: European crowned heads like the Tzar, the Kaiser, and Edward VII, and other leaders like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson,

Thinkers, businessmen, artists and architects, including Nietzsche, Alfred Nobel, Sigmund Freud, Gustave Klimt, Picasso, and others share the stage.  And MacMillan covers the Fauves, spiritualists, socialists, pacifists, nationalism, modernism, populism (William Jennings Bryan), progressivism, feminists, peace movements, saboteurs, assassins, immigrants, and the effort to create international bodies that could arbitrate differences in lieu of war.

For example, during the US Civil War, the British built a ship named the Alabama for the Confederacy, and the Alabama sunk 60 union ships.  After the war, the US demanded reparations from Britain for the damage (i.e., Canada as payment).  Arbitration helped settle the matter and the US received $15 million instead.  Many interesting anecdotes (i.e., the Titanic) pepper the book.


Below, another wonderful bird photo from the American Bird Conservancy.IMG_0057

20 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. The photo of the woman with the eagle is rather scary. Isn’t that rather dangerous?

    So sorry about all the teeth problems. Before every visit, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they won’t find something. So far, it’s been watches over almost every teeth in our mouths.

    I do love the photo of the goose with her goslings under her wings.


  2. Love the baby ducks tucked into their mommy’s wings.

    That insurance and doctor business sure can get one down. I keep saying we have to stay healthy so as to not need to use the insurance and be all confused by it. Same with prescriptions, although our insurance is super good there. $10 copayment is all that’s required, but those meds can cause even more problems than they solve sometimes.


  3. Gloriously, right now my teeth are ok even if I have to double dip on G’s insurance. The pool is open at last, and I will see if the library has that book. The Secret Service wanders between very dry, dry, and moments of fascinating facts.


  4. Great post. Book sounds fascinating. As for the little growths, I call them speed bumps. They are to remind us to slow down as we age.

    Great bird pics. Eagles are by far my favorite bird. They are majestic, imposing and beautiful to look at. Most people don’t realize how enormous they are until seeing one close up.


  5. Never heard of a bone spur in the mouth before. Glad it all turned out okay. I knew the name Margaret Macmillan was familiar. When I asked him Gregg said he had read her first book Paris 1919, also that though she never met him she is the granddaughter of Lloyd George. He says he’s been thinking of reading the one you are. I enjoyed the photos.


  6. Another of your reads that your description compels me to add to my list. And I enjoyed the contrast of your beginning with the challenges we face as persistent survivors of life with the mama goose nurturing the beginnings of life.


  7. These bird pics are marvellous. I can’t decide which I like best, so I will enjoy them both by printing them out for my notebook.

    I had a growth on my finger a few years ago and the dermatologist said to rub it every day until it went away, which I did; and it did. She said that we get many unexplained growths as we age and the majority are harmless. So glad yours is.


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