Postponed coronation

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 10:02 am by Libbie

Just wanted to let you all know that the dentist and I put off today’s appointment to try to crown my tooth, because my jaw is still stiff and sore. I can force it open wide now (which is progress!), but then when I close it it hurts quite a lot. And that’s just a single opening/closing. So it didn’t make sense to traumatize it again until it’s better. Re-scheduled for April 18th. Thank you for praying!

Reflections below (update 4.1.06) on good things the Lord has been showing me/us through this that spill over into how we’re viewing and handling Al’s cancer.


  1. John Hagerty said,

    April 3, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Al and Libbie:
    My heart is encouraged by your walk of faith. God is good all the time.
    I am currently going through a somewhat difficult time but I know that the Lord has something great for me in the end. I am losing my job in two weeks and I have been applying to a few jobs with nothing happening. It is a bit discouraging but nothing of what you guys are going through. My prayers are with you.

    As a side note, my Danielle gives Alden a hug everytime she sees him because she is aware of what’s going on with your family. I think it is very kind and sweet act that just flows from her heart.


  2. Jay said,

    April 3, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    Ugh. Sorry to hear about all the dental trauma. This is my first comment here, so I thought I’d keep it mundane. Thank you both for writing this blog and keeping your dispersed friends updated.

  3. judi said,

    April 3, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    oh libbie, what an ordeal!! i don’t blame you for putting it off for a few weeks. we will definitely remember to pray!!

    such a tiny tooth making such a huge problem…. there must be a lesson in here somewhere!


  4. John Stokesbury said,

    April 4, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Al and Libbie,

    It has been years — but the Dartmouth network still finds a way to pass important news around.

    Please know that you are in my prayers. Your honesty in sharing your journey is very powerful.



  5. Christopher Ribaudo said,

    April 4, 2006 at 11:21 pm


    Thanks for your honest, candid reflections. I feel as if I’m in class again, learning applied divinity instead of Hebrew. Thanks for continuing to be one of my teachers. My wife, family, church and I are praying for you, Libbie and the family.



  6. Ellen Greenfield said,

    April 5, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie:

    I see on your calendar that you’ll be traveling soon. Glad to hear that you’re up to the trip and hope you have a peaceful, relaxing time.

    Best wishes, as always,
    Ellen & DAn

  7. Dana aka beachtiglet said,

    April 7, 2006 at 10:18 am


    I’m sorry to hear about your jaw trauma. When my husband had his stroke (why we have so much medical equipment), was when my jaw started acting up (I started clenching at night).

    Anyway, if you take a hand towel and get it moist, throw it in the microwave a couple of minutes, it will provide moist heat to the area cheaply and help loosen the muscles. You may have to avoid chewy foods for a little while and stick to spaghetti, meatloaf, yogurt, stuff that is easier on your jaw as well. Usually this will ease up on its own though. Your dentist was VERY wise to put off doing addition work for the time being. He will have to give you breaks to relax your jaw when you are able to do it, as even when it feels normal, additional dental work will be a lot for it to handle.

    Take some time for yourself if you can, bubble bath, relaxing walk, in addition to your quiet time, just to relax a little. I know that seems impossible right now, but just 15 minutes a day will do wonders.

    All of you are in my prayers! I hope you have a safe, relaxing spring break!

    In Him,

  8. Dana aka beachtiglet said,

    April 7, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Oh, I have to use mepivocaine instead of novocaine or lidocaine as I’m allergic to sulfa drugs and they are in a sulfa based preservative. I just saw that you were worried about the novocaine.

    Take care, Dana

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