Well, I finally had the offending tooth pulled and a bone graft to boot (necessary as I plan to have an implant later to replace the lost molar). Not my favorite activity, let me tell you.
What I did enjoy was finding new things to eat that require little or no chewing and a freezer filled with Dove Bars and Ice Cream Sandwiches, useful both as a food source and as a cold compress to help reduce swelling after a tooth extraction.
One thing I have really enjoyed is this little gizmo.
There are lots of reviews of this product here. I'll add my $.02. There is a little ridge near the top of the inner container where the plastic lid snaps in. I found after the first use that some of my soup had worked its way into the groove and I had to wash it extra carefully to be sure it all came off. The container is not non-stick (and I would not want it to be) so you may want to spray the interior of the inner container with PAM or vegetable spray before filling.
The instructions tell you not to place the item on certain surfaces. Better be sure and get a little wooden cutting board or trivet to place it on while heating. You cannot remove the inner container while it's full of hot food, so you may wish to move the food into another container (which you'll have to wash) or just eat form the whole thing. I'm not embarrassed - no reason to be!
I figure if I use this thing even once a week I'll have gotten my money's worth. I don't often bring in things that need to be reheated, but when I do I hate to use the microwave. I don't know why, I just do. This is a great alternative.
I also bought this little guy (mine's bright yellow) thinking I might toast my sandwich once in awhile instead of eating it cold.
Quotable quotes; in the category That's A Joke, Son! (Actually, It's A Riddle)!
Q: What time is it when you go to the dentist?