Dental Issues

Yo, it’s been a while. So, sharing some story to get back to this blogging.

I recently (like an year ago) had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed. I wish to share my experience here. This is something everyone goes through at one point or the other. The key to have less pain is to go in an early stage.

It all started (lately I have been starting all my conversations this way) when I was chewing something and heard a crack from the lower left molar tooth (Google what it means). So, naturally, I went to the dentist. This is the first time ever to go to a dentist in US and the second time to go to a dentist in the lifetime. (It is better to mention that to your dentist. Never hide stuff to a doctor.) So, she started examining with X-Rays. I thought, worst case if it has to be removed, it’s okay because it is a wisdom teeth. After looking at them, she told me,

  1. I need to get all the 4 wisdom teeth removed. (So, I thought its going to be okay, that’s what I came for but then she continued … )
  2. 1 root canal, the one next to the broken tooth, more about it later
  3. 3 crowns
  4. 8 fillings
So, that covers half of my teeth :|

The wisdom teeth needs to be removed as soon as possible to start working on that broken tooth. So, I can’t wait for an year to go to India to get it fixed cheap and so the long journey begins.First, the dentist referred me to a surgeon who removed the wisdom teeth.  So, after all the formalities (CT Scan, a video of this view as a souvenir ), she gave me an appointment for the operation. The ‘d’ day came and I woke up late. I went to the surgery without breakfast (well, it was early in the morning and you know I don’t wake up early. More about that in later posts). This was the biggest mistake of all. Little did I know that I wouldn’t be eating for a while after the surgery. I confessed that to the surgeon after she gave me anesthesia. First she shouted at me and then gave me a protein bar. My cheeks were half swollen by the time I opened the wrapper. Eating something while under anesthesia is really hard. I was eating that slowly and carefully. The operation started and when I opened my mouth, she saw a bitten cheek. It didn’t pain now but it was painful after the anesthesia wore off. I later got buffs to relive from that pain though. After the surgery I had to follow a strict drink diet. Long story short, it’s not as painful as the doctor said it would be but it was not uncomfortable at all.
After two months of the surgery, I went back to the main dentist and had a series of small operations. Root canal, followed by crown on the broken tooth, fillings, root canal, filings, fillings, root canal and fillings, fillings, fillings, etc. This is really not painful. It became a routine. Like, go get something fixed, choose a date for the next appointment. I got it done one quarter of the teeth / section at a time. Another funny part is, when all was done and well (about 6 months), I had to go back for a regular cleaning.
The moral of this blog post is, really start brushing the teeth in the night. If you are already doing that, it’s good but that’s not enough. You must also start flossing. Lots of food gets stucked between the teeth and that’s where I had my fillings mostly. Since that day on, I started hating anime fillers too (jk). The doctor advised me to use an electric toothbrush and I did so. Now, I can’t go back to the normal one. The electric brush really makes the teeth feels good and smooth. More morals, do not discard this post if you are an Indian. The dentist also told me most of her customers/patients are Indians. So, be careful. I regret that I didn’t follow this since I was a kid. Go to your nearest dentist now and at least have a normal check up.
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GDC 2012

Where should I start? The guy who sleeps for 12 hours a day couldn’t sleep even for 3 hours. Lots of excitement and, what I think it is, adrenaline rush. Let me start with this: If you are a gamer you get to see your Gods’ at GDC.

Since, I went to GDC representing Aarki, I didn’t get to see everything. There were talks, workshops, demos, hiring booths, etc. I was pretty much at my booth all the time except a few hours. Anyways, it all started on Tuesday Mar 6. I had to wake up very early morning to be in the office by 9:30am (you know that’s early for me. So, moving on). A few colleagues and I went to GDC in the morning to setup the booth and see if anything’s missing or not planned. We took a few monitors, ipads, android tablet, lots of cables, pens, table cloths, etc. One of the monitors is mine to support HDMI mirroring on Xoom tablet. Anyways, I don’t want to get too techy.

After the initial setup, we went to one of our client’s office. It is a game publisher and we discussed why they should integrate with Aarki. First, my sales manager, Fred, pitched. Then, for technical questions, I butted in. After the meeting, we went to IGDA event. As we were one of the sponsors, we had a booth or a better term here, table. As I became the unofficial exhibitor setup engineer for Aarki, I go to these events, setup the monitors and other devices, and start pitching for the company. I went to Yetizen, IGDA and GDC events so far. We still have a few Yetizen and IGDA events in the future. For this IGDA event, all my colleagues came and some of them saw me pitching for the first time. They were joking around that I should move to the sales team. My boss Levon, who was slightly drunk, hugged me and said, “Please do not go to sales team. We already lost Narek (a colleague), we do not want to lose you too.” The next day, I told my boss, “Waking up at 6:30 made me realize that I can never be a sales guy”. All this happened before the GDC Expo.

So, the next day the real GDC booth exhibitions start. This is Wednesday, Mar 7. My sales manager and I went early to setup the booth. People slowly started appearing at the booth. Saw a few familiar faces. Some of them were shocked to know that I am a software engineer. They thought I’m a sales guy. I said, “I’m a software engineer” and showed the GDC pass. These were the most funny moments at GDC for me. Apart from the general pitching, attended the other booths in the break time. Too much excitement all the time. In the evening, we all went to Zynga, Funzio and Yetizen parties. Yetizen party was epic but I didn’t enjoy much. Too tired. Later, went home and slept peacefully.

After 3 hours, woke up and couldn’t sleep again. My heart started racing as soon as I woke up, got ready and went to SF (2 hours journey in train) by 8:30am. Had to go early to setup the booth little bit. On the second day, the pitching continued. Anyone who doesn’t stop by at our booth, I stop them and ask if they want to know about Aarki. This actually helped me to get a client, my first client. He was excited about what we do. This was the best thing of that day. Also, other engineers in the company visited. They didn’t attend the first day. In the evening, there were parties but I went home for a good sound sleep and slept for 10 hours.

On the last day, Friday, nothing much happened as the expo was only till 1pm. I again went in early to setup the booth. Today, many students showed up as GDC made a free entry to students. So, the recruiting companies were happy. Most of them came to grab cool stuff at the booth and to drop their resumes. After the end of the third day, we went to Thai restaurant for lunch with Parature, the exhibitors across our booth. Then, went home and added people in LinkedIn, etc. During these three days, met a lot of new people, got to know new stuff about me!

Post-GDC, the best fun moment was, Levon’s friend, like others, thought I was a sales guy. This was shocking to me more than him. He told Levon in my presence to move me to the business side unless I am good at programming. And Levon said, “That’s the problem. He is good at coding too”. Levon dont’t know but his statement made my day :).

Note: I am going to upload a few GDC pics as a gallery later after designing my website. I am currently very busy at Aarki. Have been working on the same ticket for the last 2 months.

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