So...yesterday was a VERY BAD DAY...

Just when I thought life was starting to be a little less bad for me, yesterday it kicks me in the teeth....literally...

First of all, there won't be a Your Mac Life or Diary of a Mad Man today. I literally can't open my mouth enough to talk.

Yesterday, I did that thing almost everyone dreads - I went to the dentist. But, because of my financial situation, it was my first dentist's visit in over ten years. So yeah - I knew it wasn't going to be good.

Over the weekend, a loose front tooth finally fell out. I look like a hillbilly (no offence to my hillbilly friends) and would be too embarrassed to appear on Your Mac Life video looking like this. So we made an appointment to see a dentist.

The good news is, the dentist didn't charge me for the appointment. The bad news is, I have "advanced periodontal disease" - basically, I've lost so much bone in my upper jaw, my teeth don't have anything to hold on to. So they are and will continue to fall out unless I do something about it.

Unfortunately, that "something" is pulling out ALL my upper teeth (well, the ones that haven't already fallen out) and putting in implants - at least six of them costing $2,500 each. That's a minimum of $15,000.

Like most of you, I don't have that kind of money just lying around. I'm also unlikely to ever be able to afford the procedure. So my teeth will just continue to get worse and worse and eventually, fall out.

But, before they fall out, I’ll have many days like today - infected teeth and gums causing so much pain I can’t open my mouth, let alone talk…

As you can understand, this is also psychologically devastating. It's also completely my own fault for not taking care of myself. Even though I'm a regular brusher, a twice daily regime is not enough, especially for people like me who are in the "risk group" and are more likely than others to contract this disease.

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Terry Pratchett

Sad news today - one of my favourite authors has passed away.

Pratchett was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Alzheimer's Disease in 2007 but continued to write and even publish. I loved his books as a kid and will spend some time this weekend re-reading a couple.

If you haven't introduced your children to Pratchett's writing, now's a great opportunity to do so.

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Christina Warren of Mashable




I was joined on tonight's YML by Christina Warren of Mashable. Christina has been openly and bravely speaking up about her depression and, in light of the recent suicide of Robin Williams, I wanted to talk to her about what depression is and what can be done about it.

I encourage you to read Christina's article, "After Aaron Swartz: The Tech World Must Talk About Depression" and to educate yourself about the subject.

You can listen and download the MP3 here.

Cheryl Tarrant of Distressed FX




I was joined on the Your Mac Life show by Cheryl Tarrant, an amazing fine art photographer who is one of the principals behind the wonderful Distressed FX iOS app.

Cheryl talked about her art, her inspirations in the beautiful East Tennessee area and how the app works.

You can download or listen to the interview here. As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think. And just go ahead and buy Distressed FX - it's only 99 cents!

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