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E-day is on Monday. I picked up my temporaries from my dentist office the other day to bring with me to the oral surgeons. I’ve got to say I’m pleasantly surprised by their aesthetic. They’re not too white, look about the right size and most importantly, the material is surprisingly thin. I was so worried they’d be incredibly bulky but I feel somewhat at ease seeing that they aren’t. I’m still worried about what they’ll look like once they’re in, but right now I’m just happy that they look to be good quality, with slight variations in color and shape, they don’t look perfectly straight, etc. Having said all that, today I’m feeling anxious. Nervous maybe. Or mixed emotions I suppose. It’s been an emotional process and I’m ready for it to just be done, but I’m also afraid of the challenges I’m going to face. Luckily I took 2 weeks off from work to adjust and will spend that time practicing my speech, relearning how to eat, and all that jazz.

In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions on soft foods that aren’t just ice cream and pudding and jello, I’d love to hear them (especially protein and veggies). I’ve got a list of things I think may work:

-Bouillon (or broth)
-Hummus
-Avocado (guac anyone)
-Sweet potato and potato (for mashing)
-Ricotta
-Cottage cheese maybe
-Yogurt
-Cream of wheat
-Applesauce
-Mashed carrots
-Ensure and/or carnation instant breakfast
-Smoothies (using seedless fruit like peaches and bananas?)

Did anyone have any luck with pasta in the beginning? Regardless I’m open to any and all suggestions :)
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Well let me say congratulations on your attitude. That will be your best friend.....
I think the foods you listed are great, personally I tried cottage cheese and it didn't go so well, only because the curds would sneak up and under the denture. I think I lived on yogurt, cream of wheat, oatmeal, & carnation for the first 2 weeks. After that I ventured into mashed cauliflower, cream of broccoli soup, etc., Staying soft but with minimal soft textures. Pasta was doable as well. One thing you have to know is that your bite force takes some time, do not let that discourage you. This is a slow process of trial and error, what you can't eat one week you may be able to the next. Keep positive, we are all here for you to help in anyway we can. Best of luck and stay in site with us.
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Thank you! It hasn’t been easy to see the good in this whole ordeal, but I’m trying my hardest to stay positive and set myself up for success. I’m terrified of what’s going to happen on Monday but I’m even more terrified of doing nothing and letting things get worse. This is what I have to do, there’s no getting around it. I have to make the best out of an otherwise awful situation. Mashed cauliflower is a great idea! Haven’t had that in years! I will add that to my running list! Thank you for the suggestion :)
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No need to be terrified. The anticipation is way worse than the reality. I only had upper done but I was awake and never felt a minute of discomfort or pain. I didn't even feel the numbing shots, I also had no pain and virtually no swelling afterward. 
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I’m so glad your experience went so well. I do hope mine is just as smooth. I think you’re right, we tend to get ourselves worked up only find it wasn’t so bad after all... at least not nearly as bad as initially thought
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Like you. I tried to stay positive. I had no option so had to make the best of it. Four months in I can honestly say it isn't impacting my life negatively in any way. Putting them in is getting almost second nature and I go about my life. You will too.
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What I did was use a blender for all my meals, including steak! First week, that's how I ate, no special meals. After I was healed I started with soft foods and worked up. This way I still got nutrients that I needed to heal. Say away from bread and lettuce for a good while. Rince easy after each meal in the beginning. It is well worth it.
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Thank you for the tip! I used to make my own baby food when my daughter was small. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that lol
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Pasta was one of my first successful meals, of actual food. Just don’t push it. Glad they seem thin, don’t get discouraged when they don’t feel that way at first. Your tongue will be swelled up, it will be huge. This will make it feel like the dentures are too big. They aren’t, but you will feel like there isn’t much space. In 3 /4 days, it will start getting more and more roomy in there.
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That seems to be a very common theme... people feeling like their mouth is full, no room, the dentures are too big, etc. which honestly sounds a bit frustrating to me. I’ve been trying really hard to educate myself but that’s one of the things I haven’t quite wrapped my mind around; the way they will feel. Well I suppose I’ll know soon enough, won’t I lol
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Yep, you will know soon. The full feeling sucks, but I promise it will go away pretty fast. I’ve had a reline now, so they added stuff to mine. They don’t feel thick even with the extra on it. You just have no make sure you get adjustments so they are comfortable. I wish you the best. Keep us updated!
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I have an appointment scheduled for Tuesday morning for adjustments but I suspect I’ll be in my dentists office several times before my little staycation is over. My hope is to make sure I’m in good enough shape with these puppies to return to work “comfortably” in a couple weeks. Wishful thinking? Anyway, I appreciate the encouragement. I’ll be sure to update as soon as I can :)
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I went back in Week. Was no problem
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That’s very reassuring! How long did it take before you felt like your speech was okay? Or is an ongoing battle for a while?
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It’s ok after a week. You will THINK you sound worse than you do. You will hear whistles and lisps that no one else will. Talk. A lot. To reassure yourself, record yourself. You’ll see.
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I went in for so many adjustments the first couple of weeks.  We all became best friends at some point lol.  It's hard getting the right fit when you mouth is trying to also heal but I promise you'll get there! 

Charlie is right, you will think your speech sounds worse than it does.  I thought I was whistling a lot more than I actually was.  Words with an S were hard for me.  Once I was given the all clear to use adhesive, I found it was much easier to talk with adhesive holding them in.  My mind was having to work like a squirrel to remember to focus on not letting them fall out, not spitting when I talked, and actually talking!  Try talking as much as you can.  Read a book or a magazine out loud.  It gets better!
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I went in for so many adjustments the first couple of weeks.  We all became best friends at some point lol.  It's hard getting the right fit when you mouth is trying to also heal but I promise you'll get there! 

Charlie is right, you will think your speech sounds worse than it does.  I thought I was whistling a lot more than I actually was.  Words with an S were hard for me.  Once I was given the all clear to use adhesive, I found it was much easier to talk with adhesive holding them in.  My mind was having to work like a squirrel to remember to focus on not letting them fall out, not spitting when I talked, and actually talking!  Try talking as much as you can.  Read a book or a magazine out loud.  It gets better!
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Funny you should mention that Lauren. I have a stack of books I borrowed from my mom just for that purpose! I have every intention of giving this thing my all and making it work. What other choice do we have, you know? I like Charlie’s idea of recording myself also. Seems like it would also be a great way to track progress.
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I like Charlie’s idea too! My husband was with me for three days so I just talked his head off lol. I was exactly the same....I did all my research and went into it and gave it all I had. Once they’re gone, what else can you do? Lol
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My thoughts exactly. No sense in dwelling or wallowing. Gotta keep moving forward. One step at time.
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Exactly!!
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I was thinking about you a few days ago and remembered you posting that it looked like it would be the 24th.  I know you're not excited lol, but I'm excited for you!  You're going into this with a positive attitude and that honestly helped me SO MUCH.  I did as much talking as I could.  I challenged myself with eating and chewing.  I didn't last too long on soft foods.  I ate about 5 bites of jello and I was done.  I had some chicken and stars soup, some mashed potatoes, and then I started eating Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs.  I had a couple of sore spots that made it uncomfortable to chew so sometimes I just swallowed whatever it was I was eating or I mashed it with my tongue and the roof of my mouth. 
Mine felt a little bulky at times but it was mainly when I tried to smile but that went away once the swelling went down and tissues healed. 
You are going to rock this and if you need to talk, we're all here! 
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Thank you Lauren! Today oddly enough I feel much more calm than I was on Friday. I’ve been keeping busy this weekend so that has helped. I’m definitely feeling reassured as far as food options. I guess I was convinced I’d be on a damn-near liquid diet for Weeks or more! I’m so glad that’s doesn’t seem to be the case. I also plan to challenge myself with food (tiny baby steps of course). I just feel like, if I can push myself a little each day, get adjustments when I’m not fully comfortable, and really work hard to embrace this, it can only get better. How long before you were cleared for adhesives?
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About a week I needed some. I covered my denture gum line and used powder on the pallet only. Was awesome.

Ready for this? ** pro tip **

I rolled up toilet paper (don’t judge) and wrapped it around the gum line. That way when i put the powder on, no worries about it touching my stitches
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I was nervous constantly until I went into surgery lol. I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to eating and I made a ton of jello expecting I would need it and I ended up not. I think you’ll surprise yourself with what you can do!

Great attitude and great way of looking at it!! I just internally coached myself and knew that I could push through and that it would be difficult for forever.

I wasn’t cleared for adhesive for about a month. He wouldn’t let me use any until all of my extraction sites were healed and closed. Once I was cleared to use it, he asked that I try to only use adhesive that is pink. He wasn’t comfortable with me putting white adhesive or powder on the white soft material that he put in for my adjustments and not being able to tell which is which when I clean them. Also, a little adhesive goes a long way.
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No judgement here Charlie. I think it’s brilliant! I honestly never would have thought of that! Thank good ness for innovators like yourself!!

Lauren, I totally get that. The nerves are starting to hit me. Probably because it’ll be time for sleep soon and when I wake up I’ll be heading straight to the oral surgeon. But my darling bf has done an outstanding job of keeping me distracted. I belly laughed today harder than I have in a while honestly. Just going to hold on to that feeling until they put me under tomorrow. Got some food prepared and ready to go when I get home and soft squishy ice packs on standby... not sure how I’ll be feeling. Might be hangry, might be tired but either way, I’m prepared.

Thank you for your support and encouragement, both of you. I appreciate it so much and I’m so grateful to have found this group of kind folks who know exactly what I’m going through. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. I’ll update as soon as I can :)
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You are definitely not alone. We are all here for you anytime.
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I’m so glad he’s there to keep you distracted and laughing! Cold packs were good for me for about a day and then I switched to heat and used warm washcloths that I enjoyed so much more. I started with alternating them and eventually just used heat.

This group helped me so much in the beginning and still does! We’re all going the same path here, just some of us may have a harder time than others but it’s nice to know we’re all here for each other.

I’ll say a little prayer for you but you’ve got this!! I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing!
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Corned beef hash.
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I love corned beef hash! With a fried egg! Yum! I’ll add that to the on going list!
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That’s how my mom made it with an egg baked on top in a cast iron pan. I just pan fry it and it’s so satisfying on the flavor scale.
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Pasta worked for me as did ice cream and cake. Scrambled eggs and apple sauce were also high on the list. I actually started eating a variety of foods pretty quickly as soon as I was able to use a little bit of adhesive. At first I only used it on the palate but it made a big difference.

I think you'll find yourself  feeling better faster than you think. I had mine done on a Tuesday, took off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Went back to work on Saturday. I work in retail and was able to speak and interact with no problem. Truth be told, I could have gone back by Friday.

You are going to do great. Good luck toorrow.
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This makes me feel so much better. Seriously! What a fabulous timeline. I’m so happy it was a relatively painless transition for you. Just gotta stay out of my own head, get a good nights sleep, and slay this thing in the morning! Thank you for the encouraging words, it very truly means a lot :)
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You may surprise yourself in the morning. When I woke up that morning I was anxious to get it done and over with. I was apprehensive, of course, but much calmer than I thought I would be.
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Thank you all so much for the suggestions, tips and support. It means so much to me. I feel good this morning. Thirsty. But good. Heading out soon and I’m honestly not worried. I’m just ready to get this done! I hope to update everyone very soon. In the mean time, wish me luck!
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No luck needed! We all know you will kick this in the butt! And seeing your new smile for the first time will be priceless!
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You got this!
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You'll do great.
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How is everything?
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So far so good. The oral surgeon had trouble getting the lower denture in yesterday so I had to go to my dentist office yesterday to have it adjusted and placed after surgery. Went today for more adjustments also. They seem to fit well so far and I haven’t had much if any swelling. Speech is hard but I know I’ll get there. So far I’ve eaten jello, custard, squash and sweet potato soup, yogurt, and homemade cream of mushroom soup. Not a whole lot of pain to speak of either. All in all I’m doing a whole lot better than I thought I’d be
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Great news. Honestly, the pain wasn’t too bad for me either. I really sweated the speech part. Your outlook is much better than mine. I expected too much improvement too fast. You’re right though, it gets better with time. And you don’t sound as strange as you think. You’ll see.
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I’d be lying if I said the speech part isn’t frustrating, but I’m trying to just stick with it. There’s already been some (very) minor improvements, so it can only get better from here. But, man what I wouldn’t do for big fat greasy burger right about now lol... all I. Good time
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All in good time. And you’ll appreciate it more. We take a lot for granted. It was humbling for me
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The speech gets much better fast. I promise.
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It’s like my tongue has no idea where it needs to for form sounds, but I’m definitely seeing small improvements each time I practice.
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Google speech therapy word and sentence lists. Good practice. I found if I didn’t relax my mouth and tried to hard, I sounded like a toddler. When I relaxed it improved a lot. After a week I recorded myself and saw I sounded much better than I thought
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That’s a great idea Charlie! I’ll look into that today! On another note... I was supposed to take my dentures out for the night last night but I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to get them back in. How soon after extractions were you instructed to take them out?
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I was supposed to keep them in overnight and take them out on night 2. I was afraid too so I asked my dentist if I could come back in two days and do it at his office. It wasn't necessary. Day 2 I was rinsing with salt water. They came out and I popped them right back in. No problem.
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I was able to take them out just now long enough to rinse with salt water and give the dentures a little scrub. It was a little uncomfortable getting them out and trying to get the lowers back in was pretty painful, but they feel fine now. I hate the way it feels without them in lol
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Me too. I am way more comfortable with them in. I put mine in the minute I get up and don't take them out until bedtime. I hate the feeling and certainly can't eat without them.
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Took mine out after 24 hours. Salt water rinsed then back in. Been taking out at bedtime since.
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Taking them out is odd at first. In no time you’ll be a pro and won’t even think about it anymore. Becomes the same as taking off and putting on glasses
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I guess I’m gonna have to bit the bullet and take them out tonight... ugh
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It’s kinda refreshing. My gums needed the break after all day. Also good to get the nasty’s cleaned off and soak the dentures. Keeping them clean while you still have open wounds is important.
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A silly question perhaps... today I’ve removed twice (after eating) did salt water rinses and washed the dentures off. I’ve also rinsed in between removing. Should I really be removing them each time I rinse? It hurts pretty bad getting that pesky lower back in
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That might be a question for your oral surgeon since everyone is different. I, personally, did not take them out every time I rinsed.
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I removed and rinsed. It’s not going to feel really nice to reinsert, but it shouldn’t be painful either. My GUESS is that they are rubbing and maybe starting to cause ulcers, or sore spots. The dentist should be able to take care of that. I would definitely call and get in to see them.
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Just for your reference, my lower partial was pretty nasty at first. It would actually cut my mouth and tongue. I got to see a tech, that ground away a lot of sharp spots, now it feels (oddly enough) pretty normal. But removing the dentures to do salt water rinses really helped my healing process, but you should see what your dentist recommends.

Keep icing too!!! I iced A LOT in the first 3 days. It really helps.
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Talked with the dentists office. They recommended removing them each time I eat to keep them clean and can rinse in between without removal... though honestly the warm salt water does feel pretty nice. I’ve been trying to ice frequently also, but much like my singing, the dog hates the strap around my face lol... some other things I’m noticing. I’m running my tongue against my new teeth and it’s a strange feeling because I honestly haven’t done that in years. Smiling is strained and unnatural. Silly little things that I haven’t done in so long, things I had been looking forward too with this whole thing, now seem terribly difficult
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I should mention they’re closed on Fridays and were completely booked for tomorrow but... the lady I spoke with was so nice and told me to come at 7:30 before they normally see patients and they would take care of me. She said under no circumstances do they want me to suffer over the weekend especially because sore spots tend to just get worse. So that was really nice :)
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Mine is closed fridays too and I hate it lol! That’s awesome that they are working you in! It helps so much going through this knowing that you have them on your side and that they care about you. I actually had to be worked into mine today for an adjustment because I had a sore spot come up.
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It was definitely reassuring that they aren’t going to let me suffer through. I know other people have had different (not so positive) experiences so I’m feeling pretty grateful right about now
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I had those sore spots too. When I went back on day 3, he saw them right away and it was a very quick fix.
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Same here! I feel very blessed that I was sent to the practice I’m at. I’ve always hated the dentist (obviously lol) and to go to one and feel at home is awesome. Once the surgery was over and this process started, I wasn’t afraid of the dentist anymore!
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That’s exactly what happened this morning Nancy! She could see all the areas that were bothering me and fixed them up in no time. There are a couple areas where it’s unpleasant going in or coming out but once I get past those spots they feel so much better!

Lauren I feel you! I hated the dentist too. Ever since I was a little girl. But what’s the sense in being afraid now? I need them more now than ever to get to healthiest smile I can have.
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I too was dental phobic which is probably what landed me here. My current dentist is so good and so pleasant that I actually enjoy my time there. Anything that happens in that office is pain free. Amazing! Glad she sorted you out this morning. 
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That’s a great attitude!
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It’s definitely nice to have a little relief especially going into the weekend. I’ve officially hit the 72 hour mark so I hope the work she did this morning will last me at least till Monday.

Thanks Charlie!!! I have my ups and downs from an emotional standpoint. I know this is the best thing I could have done for myself, but there are some definite frustrations that sneak up and get in the way at times but I try really hard to push past the negative emotions quickly. Though there are only a few people in my life that know, I’m lucky to have a huge amount of support from those that do. My bf in particular has been my champion and I feel so lucky to have him.
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My wife has been great. I haven’t always been. I’ve had some bad days. I try to just leave those days in the dust as quickly as possible. I may go upstairs and pout, have my little pity party. Then someone on here will give me the kick in the butt I need. I realize I have a great family and my pouting is wasting time with them, so I move on. Enjoy the little things. Get out in the world and live it up.
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You’re absolutely right. I think it’s okay to feel bad sometimes, as long as you give yourself a little time to feel it and then move on. I’ve cried a few too many times this week but boyfriend is right there cheering me on and reassuring me that I’m doing just fine.
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I also think getting out there and living life and allowing yourself to move on and heal, both physically and emotionally, is key. You are spot on about that!
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I’m a wise old man
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Speech gets better fast. Put some music on and sing. It helps.
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I did a little singing yesterday. The dog hated it lol but I think you’re right. Singing elongates everything forcing you to slow down.
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That does help. Didn’t help my wife having to hear it