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State of Mind...

Well, the good news is, my dentist is wayway cool. I liked him instantly, and his game plan for dealing with my mouth impressed me with both his competence and compassion.

The bad news is, my left lower wisdom tooth is so severely infected that it has to come out. As the dentist touched it with his little pick, I accidentally hit him as my head jerked in response to the pain. (And he wasn't poking hard) The same pokings on the right side evoked no response- I could barely feel it.

Sooooo... after some discussion, we've decided that all 4 wisdom teeth are coming out. Unfortunately, looking at my x-rays, the nerve in my jaw is too close to my teeth to make the extraction easy. It's further complicated due to the fact that one of the teeth hasn't come in yet, so they'll have to cut into my gums to get it. My dentist impressed me even further by admitting that he doesn't want to mess with that and sent me to a surgeon. The bad part is, the earliest the surgeon can see me is Monday. So I have to deal with an extremely painful mouth until then.

I was given penicillin and tylenol with codeine to tide me over, and honestly, I'm looking forward to when this is all over. Even with the codeine, my teeth ache abominally. Without the codeine, I doubt I would be able to sleep at all. (Now I just pass out if I don't keep myself busy)

My boss, Bob, asked what I was doing at work this morning. I dunno why, but that made me feel virtuous and good about coming in. I'm not staying a full day- I feel woozy and not all here, but I figured I needed at least a few hours to help pay for the surgery.

Going to close this now, since I'm starting to drift again.

More later.

-K

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mcgroarty
Dec. 6th, 2002 10:35 am (UTC)
Och, was hoping to hear better news than that! Sounds like it might be a sore time for a little while afterward, but after a bit, I think you're gonna be waaaaaaaay glad you got this taken care of.

Wishing you luck, and a bearable weekend!
enveri
Dec. 6th, 2002 10:48 am (UTC)
Considering how nicely spacy I am right now...

Yeah, I hurt, but I don't care. ;)
roho
Dec. 6th, 2002 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's been one loooopy cheetah since she got the happy pills from the doc ;) I'm sure things'll be better after the operation...I only used to have real problems with one wisdom tooth, but I've not once regretted having all four out. They just...did so little, and asked so much :P
tygermoonfoxx
Dec. 6th, 2002 07:24 pm (UTC)
My sympathies....I hope all goes well for you and that you get the infection cleaned up. Teeth sometimes surprise you; Simtra had a root canal to the front teeth which was supposed to be excruciating and he had no pain at all from it.
lanakila
Dec. 7th, 2002 12:01 am (UTC)
Wisdom Teeth
I'm very sorry to hear about the pain you've been experiencing in your jaw, and how the wisdom teeth must come out.

I still have my wisdom teeth in, and I know my dentist has been wanting me to get them removed for the past 4 years. He's advised me about the health problems that could arise with the wisdom teeth still in place.

So far, they haven't given me any problem, and I'm not too keen on having my teeth be pulled out by the dentist. (Why mess around with something that's not giving you any problems, hmm?).

*warm wingsnuggles to help you through the weekend*
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