Dentist and General Life Update

Yesterday I finally went to the dentist to have my wisdom teeth removed. When I set up the appointment, I thought I was only going to be getting x-rays done and to talk about when we wanted to remove them as well as how we wanted to handle my broken front teeth.

I went to my childhood dentist in Columbus, so I stayed a few days at my grandparent’s house. It also meant that ,since I was in town on a weekday, I got to go visit friends I haven’t seen in awhile. It was nice to get out and hang with them before the anxiety-inducing dentist appointment. We talked dolls, autism stuff, memories from when we were kids, and a ton of other random things. It was all around a good time and I can’t wait to see them again.

Anyway, on to how the dentist appointment went! I got there and got checked in quickly. They called me back to have my teeth cleaned. All the staff there were very nice and let me do what I needed to keep calm, like when my gag reflex kicked in and I had to sit up for a moment so I didn’t cough to death while lying down. Also my 80% purple tinted glasses did an amazing job at making the bright light they usually have in your face seem like nothing.

After the cleaning was done I went into a 2nd room where I sat down and talked to my dentist (I have known him since 1994, so pretty much all of my life) and discussed if I wanted those teeth out right then or not. I messaged my husband to let him know what was going on, as well as my grandparents (since they were my ride). After a bit of freaking out in my head I decided that yeah, I will get the teeth removed while I am here.

We then proceeded to get me ready for the tooth extraction procedure. I asked if I could have the lead apron they have for weight to help keep me calm. The one dental assistant was a bit confused at first, but then I explained why I asked for it and she actually thought it was cool. I also got my tangle out of my purse so I could have that to help focus my anxiety out of my head.

During the procedure my dentist talked me through what all he was doing, what I should be feeling, and if I felt something different to let him know so he could add more numbing. I ended up barely feeling anything and didn’t even realize that they had got the first tooth out. The second one I felt a bit more – for whatever reason it wasn’t taking the numbing stuff as well as the other side. But I didn’t feel it too much, just a couple tiny jolts of pain. Which in comparison to the pain the tooth normally gave me was nothing.

Post tooth extraction selfie.

After the procedure was done they had to put gauze in my mouth for a half-hour. The tinier pieces kept causing my gag reflex to kick in. So my dentist got larger pieces that had to hang out of my mouth, so in case I needed to pull them out it was easier. Also, since they went the whole length of my mouth on both sides, biting down on them ended up being better and no gag issues. I got to take them out once I was back at my grandparent’s house. 

And now I am home. Yesterday evening my grandparents and my husband met halfway between Columbus and Cleveland so neither would have to drive the full trip. It’s good to be back home, though I have a lot of stuff to work on.


Also, back in July was TrotCon, which is the convention I run. It was our 6th year. We had a few last minute changes thanks to a misunderstanding with our venue. But I was able to magic the schedule in a way to where no panels or events had to be cut. The con went pretty well despite the changes. The attendees loved it as usual and loved the new events we added.

I also hosted my autism panel, though this year only around 10-ish people ended up attending. Last year I had a full room. The panel went well though, and a few of my friends joined as panelists. We mostly went over various subjects from my blog and how they affected us as a varied group of Autistic people. And we answered questions from the audience.

For the kids’ room at the con this year I made sensory bins with sand and slime. They were a hit with the kids who attended. We also had cartoons playing the whole time in the room. For the quiet room which was across the hall I put out coloring sheets and quiet stim/fidget stuff. Every time I visited the room over the weekend it was really great to see that the toys had been played with. So I will def be bringing back both sensory bins and quiet stim stuff for those rooms next year.

In November I will have a table at OCALIcon to sell stim/fidget items. So I am excited about that. My store will be under the name Neurogeekery. I already have a printed fabric banner for the booth, I just need to tie dye it rainbow. And I need to figure out how I want to do the booth layout since its a 10×10 space. So far I have one of my friends coming with to be my booth helper. Will post another update on my OCALIcon booth once I have some more information from the event.

Lastly, I have been getting back into dolls again. I have a bunch of ideas for doll clothing and carrier bags. So I have been working on making stuff. But that’s for a later post!

Autistic Pride is

Accepting myself for who I am, both the good and bad parts of being Autistic.

Advocating for myself and others like me.

Being passionate and sharing my knowledge of my special interests with others.

Getting tinted glasses to help with light sensitivity issues.

Going non-verbal and not being afraid to use an AAC device if needed.

Helping others like myself learn to love who they are.

Learning the best coping skills to deal with sensory issues.

Reclaiming stims that were yelled out of you as a kid.

Recommending stim toys to others because you think they would find them useful

Sharing my life experiences with others to help people get a better understanding of Autism.

Showing the world that being Autistic is not some horrible thing.

Speaking in echolalia to get your point across.

Stimming when I need to, whether it be for happy reasons or anxiety reasons.

Using Identity-First language.

Wanting to spread Peace, Love, and Neurodiversity!

Autism Acceptance Month – Day 16 – Comfort ...

Comfort items are a huge thing for Autistics. They help us have something we are familiar with when we are in unfamiliar places. I have had many of them throughout the years, but, since today is Easter, I want to talk about one in particular. I will touch on my other comfort items in another post later this month.

When I was younger I used to get a plush bunny every year as an Easter gift. Sometimes, I would even get to pick mine out from the store. That is what happened with the bunny that became my comfort item for many many years. I believe I got her from Hallmark. I can clearly see in my memories that she was sitting on one of the clear glass shelves at the Northland Mall Hallmark store, though I forget what year I got her.

Anyways this small little bunny plush became one of my comfort items. I had to have her in bed with me when I slept. I took her with me whenever I spent the night at a friend’s house. I used to rub her ear with my fingers – as you can see, the fabric on her right ear has become quite flattened. There was one time that I became very distressed when I “lost” her while at a friend’s house. Luckily, I found her only moments later stuck in the couch where I had slept. From around 1999-ish to 2003-ish this was one of my comfort objects. I still love this bunny plush to death. Now she sits on my desk in my office room safe and sound, and I sometimes still rub her ear.

Happy Easter everyone!