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Hurray for the Surprise Root Canal ?

So, MuseCon was this weekend. I'd taken two days off, one to do errands and pack and do last-minute prep for crazy quilt workshopping, and one to get there early.

I also had a dentist appointment a week ago, which I figured would be no big deal. Though the cleaning a few weeks ago had found a hole, my mouth didn't hurt and I wasn't getting food caught in it, so how bad could it be? Um. The one I knew about was deep and under a crown, which meant under the gum level, and the dentist found another hole too. Ow.

Being on the inhaled steroids for my asthma means my mouth sometimes heals slowly. So, when my mouth hurt the next day I took Tylenol and didn't worry about it. It seemed to be getting slowly better until Friday. Friday was weird--I couldn't focus and was tired and out of it all day.

The Singing Tesla Coils were cool though!


If you get a chance to see--and hear--the Singing Tesla Coils, ypu should do so.  The man there in the middle is spinning two neon lightbulbs, which are being powered by the electricity being emitted by the coils.  He's protected by being in a "cage" made of wire--mostly chain mail.  He has insulators under his boots so the audience can see the electricity as it escapes from the metal around his body to the ground.

But the most amazing thing is that they modulate the tesla coils so the sounds they emit are not random--they are music!  We heard a bunch of different tunes, from the Mario game-theme to classical pieces, Vader's theme and of course, the Dr. Who theme.

Later that night, I managed to sing along with a John Denver song in Denver's key without once shifting octaves or squeaking--who'd have thought standing 20 feet from potentially deadly electrical charges for an hour or so would be good for breathing/singing?

The rest of the weekend was pretty much wasted, however.  The people at my workshop seemed to have a good time (though one said that having a creative thing where she didn't have to follow strict rules intimidating), but I never found enough focus to do anything creative myself.  My mouth was hurting more and more, and after sleeping 12 hours Saturday night, we got out of the hotel room and all I really wanted to do was go back to sleep!

So, yesterday the dentist called in a prescription for antibiotics  (which did clear my head) and today I went in to see him and had a surprise root canal.  My budget weeps, but I expect soon my mouth will feel better.

Here, have another picture of man-made musical lightning:



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 8th, 2012 08:48 am (UTC)
Ouch! Root canal = :(
Aug. 8th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry about the dental issues, but glad you'll be healing up soon.

And the musical tesla coils are very cool!
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
(Way behind in comments and taking time to get to a couple before trying to sleep again)

That Tesla Coil music thing sounds pretty darned interesting! I hope it's provided lots of fuel for your muse.

Bummer about the further tooth problems. I am in the same boat--I have stuff I know needs to be addressed but it's not really going to happen any time soon. I'm not in pain, that's important at the moment.

I hope you are well.

Aug. 23rd, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
It's very cool! The Tesla coils, I mean, not the tooth, which is finally doing better after repeating the root canal process. I apparently have very long roots.
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