Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My dental adventure

If dental talk makes you queasy, you might want to skip this post,lol. Honestly, I'm only going to share a little. Because who really wants to hear about another persons visit to the dentist? But just in case there is someone out there, here it goes.

Although I said I was looking forward to my surgery (the pain would be over, ect.), I actually ended up so panicked that without my husband there by my side (at least in the waiting room) I would have cancelled it. I've never been so nervous before. I think it may have been because they kept repeatedly asking me if I wanted the laughing gas. I finally asked "You are going to numb it, right?" For some reason the receptionist just seemed to have it on her mind.

It turned out the Dentist is actually a teacher at OHSU and was excellent at his job. He had it out in about 10 minutes. The other 20 minutes was spent regulating my blood pressure because it was going a little crazy;) Like I said, I was a bit nervous.

When I came out, I felt surprisingly good. So much so that I decided to pick up a few things at the store, and wait to take the pain medication til afterwards. I have one word for my decision: really, really stupid!! Okay, that's three words, but who's counting?

The Vicodin didn't help much, even after a double dose. So I was up all of Saturday night. I stayed home from church because I wouldn't have been any good there anyway. And when I stood up the pain was definitely worse. Not to mention that my face was not as pretty as normal;) Because of the swelling and all.

This would be a good time to mention (now that you've hung in there this long) that because of the location of this particular tooth, when they took it out it left open a small hole leading to the sinus area. So that had to be closed off, resulting in stiches. I suspect that has something to do with the prolonged healing time. As well as the fact that my infection isn't completely gone yet.

On the plus side, I'm hoping to be feeling better by next week, just in time for Spring break. I have so many things I want to accomplish during that time, as well as taking the kids on some outings. I'm already praying for nice weather.

Last night and tonight we're attending special meetings at another church. Then the rest of the week we have our own Missions Conference to attend. That, combined with many projects to finish for homeschool, is definitely going to keep us busy.

Please forgive my lack of blog visiting. I'm hoping to make the rounds a little later today. But I thought I should let all interested parties know how things turned out. Hopefully this is the last you'll hear of my teeth for a while:) Or at least that particular one,lol.

Have a great day~


Nikki said...

I'm glad things went well at the dentist. I had a root canal once and then wisdom teeth pulled, so I kind of understand. Of course, I was much younger then, too. I hope you feel completely better by next week. It sounds busy. I hope you will find time to blog about all your activities after spring break. And I will be looking for a work in progress!

Nikki said...

Oh, and thanks for coming by. I was feeling lonely.

Nikki said...

Glad to hear you got through it. I know you're glad to have it behind you.

Brandi said...

I'm so glad for you! I pray you'll have a speedy recovery!

Just for fun: the "word" I got for word verification is amblessu.

Marva said...

Oh goodness. Glad it's out and the healing can start. Hope you feel better soon!

I prayed for you and will continue to do so.

Blessings and Love Always!

Mrs. Darling said...

Glad that tooth is out so now the infection can clear up. We need a nice sit me down chat!

Angela said...

So glad things are better now! I've never had a tooth pulled, but I've had some other dental stuff done and I know how scary it can be. I hope you'll be feeling better in time to really enjoy your spring break. I know you really need a break right now with all that's been going on. I've missed you lately, but take care of yourself and just get to us when you can! Your health and your family are what's most important.

Melissa said...

Oh yuck, I can totally sympathize with the dentist woes. Every time I go (even just for a cleaning), I feel my insides seize up, and I feel like barfing. One of these days, I'm going to throw up on the dentist -- it will be sweet payback for all the times he has traumatized me. :) :) And then I would be extremely embarrassed and have to slink away, but it might be fun for a minute. :-D

Frasypoo said...

I am so glad its over
You sound just like my husband !!!!

Kaye said...

I can completely understand the nerves thing. For whatever reason, I HATE going to the dentist. I can go to the OB-GYN with no problem, but the dentist freaks me out!

Glad that everything is going well though. Obviously you had rough early stages of healing, but I'm glad that things seem to be better now!