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Wintry Wind


A couple of days ago, I started feeling a bit off. Tired. Run down. I never feel like that. 

For the past two nights I couldn't sleep, because of pain on the left side of my mouth. Which is where they told me to eat until the crown comes in, middle of February, for a tooth on the right side. 

It went from being uncomfortable to feeling like I was eating with just my gums, and they were very inflamed. It spread from the back of my mouth to the center front.

First thing this morning I call the dentist's office and told them something was very wrong. I go in and they take a bunch of x-rays and the dentist does an exam. She tells me I have a viral infection in my mouth. That it's normal to feel sick and run down with this.

The dentist said she herself had this in 2008. She said the virus usually comes back. But that it's not ever as painful as the first time. She's been very lucky and hers has not returned. 

She said I just have to let it run its course, usually two weeks. I will have to swish liquid Lidocaine in my mouth to eat until it's gone. 

I tell you all this because I'd never heard of such a thing. And if you ever have something like this, I want you to be aware that it could be this. 



They didn't have much of the liquid Lidocaine at CVS today, because apparently a lot of people have been having this lately. So I'll have enough to swish in my mouth in order to eat today, and then get more tomorrow. 

So I have to numb my mouth to eat anything. 

There is both throbbing and transient pain on the whole left side of my face or cheek down to my chin area. When it's not throbbing, it's just hurting. But at least now I know what it is.

I may be digging out those pain pills I had left over from my second ankle surgery November 2014.


Have you ever heard of this or had this before? Because this is the first I've heard of it. I don't know how it happens or how you get this in your system. But when I went to see her this morning, I felt like something the cat dragged in. 

She said I'd better go buy a bunch of Ensure, so that's what I did.


It's very windy in Oklahoma today. You can hear the wind banging against the windows and tossing tree branches from side to side. 

Growing up in this state, I remember walking along and the wind suddenly pushing you in another direction. When "the wind comes sweeping down the plains."

We had a warm weekend. And I spent it working out on the patio, cleaning it up. Taking trash bags of trash and leaves to the corner dumpster. Every evening I've been out sweeping dirt and trying to keep it reasonably clean.

I cut back all the dead plants because I got tired of looking at dead-looking droopy plants. Now they look trim and neat and ready for spring. 

My tulips, that are layered in the big containers, are starting to come up. The weather has confused them. I need to go out and put more dirt on them and hope they get the message so they don't come up and then freeze. 

Because in Oklahoma you might get snow in April. It was snowing in April two years ago when I was moving in here. Winter weather will be here at least through March. 

And I really want to enjoy my pretty white tulips just before the other plants come out of hibernation and make an appearance. 

Many herbs are already growing. But they're pretty resilient.

Israel came and cut back the tree limbs. 

He said he can stand out in the parking lot by his green shed/shop, and through my living room windows, see the giant rust-colored sun hanging on the fence on the patio. It's a straight shot from my living room windows to the patio doors.

I've had that sun a long time. It has weathered many winters. I love looking out the patio doors and seeing it too. 

I've got spring fever. How about you? Are you yearning to dig in the dirt?


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  1. Well you KNOW I am!! I was out this weekend cutting back the dead plants in my big deck planters, also. I got most of the snow off the deck and blew off the birdseed mess. It felt good to be out there, even for an hour before work! I'm sorry you're not feeling well, Brenda - I've been feeling "off" since last week also but mine is my sinuses. Feel better, my friend. xo

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    1. Oh, and maybe try smoothies to get some fruits and vegs into you. Taste better than Ensure, that's for sure. xo

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    2. Yeah, but I don't feel well enough to do much right now.

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  2. Did your dentist mention Herpes Simplex (the cold sore virus)? do you have lesion inside the mouth or just the terrible pain?? Whatever it is, I wish you the best and a quick recovery.

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    1. Yes, she did mention that. She said she could see sores inside my mouth. It really doesn't keep all the pain at bay to swish the Lidocaine around in my mouth. However, I have my regular appointment with my internist tomorrow. Maybe I can find out more.

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  3. Our weather is equally screwy. I have been hearing about something people here are calling foot and mouth disease. I don't know if this is what you have, and I don't know what feet have to do with it. The soreness in the mouth sounds like what people are describing, though. I gather that it runs its course, and then it is gone. Right now we are just hoping we don't get a tornado.

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    1. She said it is related to herpes. But I question why all this happened within a week of having my teeth cleaned and a tooth built up for a crown and a temporary crown placed in my mouth.

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  4. I've never heard of an ailment like yours. I hope you have a speedy recovery. We are having blizzard-like conditions up here. I can hardly wait until spring!

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    1. Sun is out here. But cold. I have to see my internist tomorrow across town, so hope there is no snow!

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  5. Brenda,

    I am so sorry that you have a viral infection in your mouth.
    It does sound very painful-I am so glad that you went to the dentist.

    Smoothies sound good and I am wondering about a soft boiled egg?
    Protein helps for healing.

    Sending some healing hugs from Texas,
    xo

    Jemma

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    1. Took your advice last night and had some soft boiled eggs.

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  6. Brenda, that viral infection sounds rough! Hopefully the pain will ease up. The weather is very warm and we are currently under a tornado watch in NE AL. Take care of yourself and I am dreaming of flowers in my garden and fresh vegetables! Pam @ Everyday Living

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    1. Me too! One little bout of warm weather and I clean up the patio and I'm ready to dig in the dirt!

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  7. Brenda, I have never heard of this virus, but gosh I've had a terrible past year with dental issues myself, including an abscess that made me long for something stronger than Advil. I do hope you get well soon. My daffodils are coming up, then we received 19" of snow; 8 days later the snow is gone and temps reaching 65°. It is very strange, but I am still wanting to hibernate for some stranger reason I cannot explain. I love the garden and spring.
    Please be careful of Ensure - I just read an article of how little food value it actually is (written by a cancer patient). Like Debbie said, perhaps a fruit smoothie with some veggies would be beneficial, or even some soup/broth.

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    1. I actually purchased Boost. I looked at Ensure's ingredients, and Boost had 5 more grams of protein than Ensure.

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  8. Brenda, that sounds really painful! I had the mouth and foot disease when I was younger and you do have lesions in your mouth like lesions. That is painful. I was given some purple stuff to swish around but don't remember what it was. That was a long time ago.
    Pam Richardson stay safe. Our weather is crazy here in Alabama as well as everywhere else in the south!! Love the warm temps but not the storms. WE are under Tornado Watch here in Bham!!

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    1. I think Mother Nature must be, as we used to say in my youth, "tripping on acid."

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  9. Yes, I am anxious to get our yard finished and cleaned up and ready to enjoy. We are having a cold spell here too and it is even going to be down to freezing tonight, so I want some warm weather too. Hope you are feeling better soon. I've never heard of such a thing.

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    1. I just wish it to be over soon. Can't enjoy my coffee. Have to watch anything touching inside my mouth like a toothbrush because it's painful everywhere.

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  10. I've never heard of that before! It's a good thing that your dentist knew what it was. I hope you start feeling better soon. I'm waiting on my permanent crown too I will get it soon.

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    1. Did they have to build up your tooth to hold a crown? I have short teeth and they have to build it up to even take a crown.

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  11. Sorry you aren't feeling well! Hope the Lidocaine gives you some relief. The big winds are sweeping my way tonight. This has been the strangest winter ever. Take care, and I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. You and me both. I'm accustomed to having a lot of energy. And not feeling like (pardon my French) hammered shit.

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  12. oh no. that's horrible to have an infection like that. I had an infection on a tooth that I eventually got a root canal on and it hurt like hell. Good luck with that and make sure you at least get plenty of liquids. Not quite ready for spring yet, although it sure does feel like it already. have a good week.

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    1. Thanks for the advice about the fluids. I may still have to have a root canal on this tooth that has the temporary crown. Then I ne more crowns. I checked. We don't have a dental school here. So guess I'll have to stretch them out and pay the big bucks.

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    2. I meant "need" more crowns. Not "ne."

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  13. Even tho we don't have winter in central Florida we do get spurts of cold nights. We've been outside prepping the garden for planting. 5 large clay troughs are sitting on boards across bright yellow sawhorses ready for my herb plants. The veggie garden & berry patches are Brad's along with trees, shrubs and hedges. I do flowers. The ground here is sand, not the rich, black New England dirt we knew so we haul in huge bags of topsoil. Good hard labor that keeps us young and aching (haha). Our 50th anniversary was last week and it was dinner among the hibiscus shrubs by candlelight.

    Never heard of an oral viral infection but new names are given to ailments all the time. 3 years ago our daughter was diagnosed with HAE....hereditary angioedema which attacks the immune system and is hard to distinguish from lupus. No one can figure out where the hereditary part comes in.

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    1. An anniversary with dinner among the hibiscus shrubs by candlelight sounds very romantic to me!

      Also, I had "auto immune disease" raised as a possibility months ago.

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  14. I've never heard of a viral infection in a mouth but then again, I don't know much about mouthes. I'll be asking g my dentist about this for sure. He says he loves to answer questions about the mouth and teeth because that's what his job is all about.

    I just hope you get relief from the pain very soon!

    Our weather is going to be warm here tomorrow which is not usual for this area. Then rain and snow hit us. *sigh* No early spring clean-up needed here yet. Too bad because I'd love for spring and summer yo get here soon!

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    1. There was no way to test for it. But she said it looked like some herpes you get inside your mouth.

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  15. The mouth virus sounds miserable, Brenda...I sure hope it passes quickly!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'm usually up and raring to go every day.

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  16. I am so sorry you are encountering another medical problem. I had never heard of it either, so I did some Google searching and from what I read, things like certain medications, stress and poor nutrition can all contribute to oral viral infections. Ensure is nothing but crap, and you need all the healing nutrition you can get right now. Western medicine doctors don't know anything about nutrition. You're better off sticking with homemade smoothies, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, and healthy soups. Here's an article for you to read about Ensure: https://exopermaculture.com/2015/09/01/carroll-krause-dying-of-cancer-reads-the-ingredients-of-ensure/
    Please take good care of yourself, Brenda!

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    1. I know as you've discussed this with me. But I just don't have the energy or feel good enough right now to do much. I had been trying to eat more healthily by eating veggie burgers and unfishy fish, which is supposed to be high in Omega whatever it is. I'll check out the article. Thanks.

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    2. I read it. How sad that the sick and elderly are always given this "to give them nutrition."

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  17. Hope you feel better soon. Being in Florida , I am enjoying the mild weather.....I am in no hurry for the long hot summer.

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  18. I, too, grew up in Oklahoma. My mom always said that songs about Oklahoma always have something in them about the wind. It is funny when I go back to Edmond I notice the wind. Don't have it in the piney woods of east Texas.

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    1. I loved living in the piney woods of East Texas. Wish it had been under different circumstances.

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  19. Thank you once again for alerting us to an unusual type of health problem Brenda..I hate to think of how much pain you are having..I hope you get some needed rest tonight...After going through such unusually warm weather at the start of Winter..we then had cold weather and a record snow storm..now we are having warmer temps again and yes it is making me crave Spring and flowers..According to we Pennsylvanians favorite forecaster..Punxsutawney Phil..we are to expect an early Spring..who am I to argue with Phil...Maybe this will give you a smile Brenda...did you know that the other 364 days of the year..Phil lives in an awesome habitat built for him at the local library...He even has himself a wife there named (what else)Phyllis..I have seen this with my own eyes and was totally surprised..what a happy little guy he is...lol..Take care Brenda..

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    1. The weather the last few years seems perpetually confused.

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  20. I wouldn't take medication from 2014. Its probably expired. As a nurse, I've seen some nasty reactions to expired pain medicines!! Be careful!! Hope your mouth is better soon

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  21. Brenda, I live in OKC and my husband is a dentist. A periodontist to be exact. I had no idea what you were talking about when you said you had a viral infection. He didn't either! The only thing he thought it could be is a herpes simplex virus, I.e. Cold sores. But that would result pretty large sores in your mouth. I would encourage you to seek further diagnosis if that is not the case.

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    1. I remembered later that they said it was related to herpes.

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  22. I haven't heard of this before now. Hope it doesn't hang around too long. I haven't had any energy at all this winter. I suppose part of it is due to a virus I've had. And maybe it's the dark, gloomy days, too. I'm so ready for spring and planting flowers!

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    1. Can't really treat viruses. Just have to wait them out.

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  23. Heavens, sounds like you're getting some good advice in your comments. Seems too coincidental that it popped up while you're waiting to seat the crown, too. That's a long time to wait for a crown to be made, too.

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  24. It seems VERY strange that this occured after your visit to that dentist and you should be on antibiotics!

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  26. Brenda, I hope you get to feeling better soon. There is nothing worse than mouth/teeth pain. Take care, Maria

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  27. Your dentist should be more concerned. I agree that you should be on antibiotics.... and once this crown is in and your mouth is all healed, seek out a new dentist.

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  28. Gosh, never heard of this virus. Hope you feel better soon. We should have played in the yard last weekend, but I was too busy taking care of Bailey.

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    1. I imagine that taking care of Bailey is quite time-consuming, seeing as I just came out of that myself with Abi.

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  29. Brenda, I am like others. I have never heard of what you are talking about. Did your dentist suggest heat or cold packs? It just sounds horrible. We have had winds too! And yes, I am ready for spring and my dafodils are sticking their heads up. We had a snowstorm one week...and now this week 70 degrees. sheila

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    1. No, she said you just have to let it run its course. Nothing to treat it with.

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  30. Brenda, your mouth infection sounds horrible. You are a magnet for unusual things. Thanks for warning your blog friends. If we encounter this problem, it will not be so mysterious.
    Diane

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  31. Brenda I get the same thing in my mouth...it feels like you're chewing on razor blades when it comes on! I have found one of the things that tends to trigger it can be eating too many sharp edged things such as potato chips or crackers. I have also had them return after a visit to the dentist...maybe the same problem with their sharp edged cleaning tools. I don't know, just some things I've noticed with mine over the last ten years. I hope you feel better!

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  32. Hi Brenda~ So sorry to hear that you are under the weather, I hope you get relief soon!

    I'm tired of winter, and here in Idaho, it could last until March or April as well. Hopefully that darn groundhog knows something I don't! Hang in there! Barb

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  33. Oh Brenda, just catching up on my reading now and I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I have never heard of this before, but I hope that it goes away quickly and you are able to eat and feel well super soon. Thinking of you...

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  34. Oh dear, Brenda. So sorry about your sore mouth. I've had the Herpes Simplex Virus for 55 years and I've battled it for all this time. Currently I have a sore behind my front left upper tooth. I find that warm salt water rinses help and also avoiding any foods with ascorbic acid. Tomato in anything, like spaghetti sauce, is very painful. Orange juice is worse. Try eating a very bland diet until the sores are healed. I have, on special occasions, like dining out, dabbed a mouth sore with Ora-Jel which seals and numbs it for a while. This virus is very contagious and is transmitted by the liquid inside the blister being transferred to an open break on the skin. Sounds like the dentist may have transmitted it to you. I sure hope not, cause if it did, and you now have the virus, it will never go away. For the last 10 years I've taken Valtrex, prescribed by my doctor, daily. However, it is harmful sometimes to the liver, so I have a maintenance schedule where I go off of the medicine for 30 days, then start it up again for 90 days. I'm currently off the medicine, but will get back on it next week. I must say, tho, that the Valtrx was a godsend for me! Prior to starting on it, I constantly had a cold sore on my lips, or nose, or inside my nose and inside my mouth.

    Oh, geez, there I go again, complaining about my health! 😜.

    But truly, I hope this helps you in some way and you're soon healed up. Keep them cards and letters coming! LOL

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  35. Hope you feel better fast. Wonder if the herpes mouth sores med like acyclovir or denavir would help? Those may only be administered externally. I will save horror story that came up 3 days after a full mouth cleaning. Coincidental? Nope

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  36. Hi Brenda, When I had Cancer and was having Chemo I had mouth sores. The doctor told me about Magic Mouthwash. It helps. Ask the pharmacist and or your doctor first.Barbara

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  37. Just getting caught up on some of your articles and this one caught my eye, I know where you are coming from with this. I get a viral bacteria infection in my mouth at least twice a year and my dentist said its quite common, not much to do for it except rinse with peroxide and water and let it run its course which is about l4-18 days and yet it can be quite painful, especially if you have to wear dentures. Love your site.

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