Jesse went to the dentist yesterday to see if the herbal goop in his tooth had done its magic after three month's gestation, or whether he was looking at another root canal.
We were all relieved to hear the good news. The tooth just needed a filling.
An hour later, Jess left with me, his mouth sore but nevertheless new and improved. He now would be able to chew on the right side of his mouth. After three months of having neither the right nor the left side for this important process, this was a great new start. Or will be once the tenderness eases a bit.
He felt pretty rough last night but a normal rough, not a crash. And he could only eat chicken noodle soup and crackers but he's been making up for it today. He just polished off his third plate of rigatoni and he has his eye on whatever else is in the cupboards for later.
So it's been a couple of weeks of new beginnings for him. He has a new bedroom, with more space, and a chance to feel less like an invalid just from more pleasant surroundings. And we got another cavity filled, which should take care of more of the pesky bacteria he's been dealing with, and hopefully will help him heal. And now, the guy can eat, too.
These are great things.
He is at present in his new bedroom, listening to a ballgame, watching Frasier reruns for the millionth time, messaging his buddies online and savouring a cup of coffee. He's got a Driver's Handbook beside him, for preparation for his Beginner's licence. (Getting sick at 16 has put some major stuff on hold for him for a long time.) He has some dumbbells beside his bed that he's been able to work with for awhile without a crash, and is very slowly building himself back up again.
His cat Phoebe is probably in her favourite spot on the ladder outside his window, watching him like he is her favourite TV show. She doesn't want in the house, if he lets her in she just wants back out moments later, so she can take up her post again, staring in at him. Adoring? Calculating? Predatory? With cats, these things are hard to know. But they both seem to enjoy this setup.
And somewhere in there I expect there is some satisfaction for Jess in knowing he's got one more step of the Teeth Odyssey behind him. That is all the bottom teeth taken care of. He has some cavities in the top teeth yet, but we are more than half done, and the worst of it is over.