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April 9, 2007
"I'm grateful for pliers!" Amanda says on Tuesday, her first experience with the "gratitude" exercise. A grin consumes her face. This is a major feat, given that she's never smiled in the five months she's been my patient. (Not even when I showed her puppy photos. Then she grimaced and said, "Cute, but so what?")

Now, however, with the grin, I see why she'd never done it: her right "fang" is missing.

"Isn't it great?" she says. "I pulled it last night! I'm grateful I didn't have to waste money on a dentist!"

Two for the price of one. Fabulous.