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“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” –― C.S. Lewis

I had the laser surgery on my gums on Friday. By now, Monday, I no longer have any pain in the area but the antibiotic is killing my stomach.

I have to take Doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg for 10 days.  This antibiotic has to be taken on an empty stomach.  The dentist said not to have anything, specially with calcium,  for 2 hours before and 2 hours after taking it.

It is making me nauseous and giving me severe pains.  This morning I threw up 5 minutes after taking it.  It came back up so fast I didn’t have a change to make it to the bathroom.

I was so happy to have this extra day to stay at home and recuperate.  Today was a holiday in the US – President’s Day.  I feel lethargic and tired from non-eating solid food for 2 days.

I have just taken the nightly dosage now but I made some changes and it appears that it is working.  Instead of waiting 2 hours after eating, I only waited 1 hour.  I also drank only 1 glass of water instead of 2.  I think my stomach cannot take that much liquid at once.

Another thing I did was to put a heating pad on my stomach.  For some reason I thought the warmth in the area would make me feel better.  It is actually working.  My stomach is hurting but I have a high threshold for pain, so at this point it is manageable.

Tomorrow I am calling the dentist to talk to him about this issue.

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” ― Dalai Lama XIV


The closing on the sale of my apartment is finally just a couple of days away.   It is scheduled for Wednesday late afternoon.  Also scheduled for that time is snow.  We shall see if it will happen or if it will have to be re-scheduled.

The attorney did and say a couple of things that I didn’t like, I am not going to get into the details of what he did at this point.  I did mention to him that he seemed to be working for the the buyer and not for me.  He said he was offended I said that and that all he did was to help me sell my property.  I decided to agree to disagree at this point and just get this done.

Selling this apartment has taught me so much.  Next time I will do a couple of different things, such as:

  • Price. I will set the price to what I really want to get and not set it lower to start a bidding war. That may work for some people but in my case I think it was not done correctly. For that to work I needed to have a more aggressive realtor.
  • Realtor.  When signing an agreement with the realtor, I will have a clause that says that if the Buyer doesn’t have a realtor, the fee I have to pay will be lower.
  • Attorney.  I will not assume that a professional is doing what he is getting paid to do.  I often don’t want to offend people. I don’t want to tell people how to do their job.  But often, by the time I realize that they didn’t do everything I needed them to do it is too late.  I will learn to speak up early in the game.

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent” -― Madeleine K. Albright