Christmas day is a mere 5 days from now! Are you ready?
I know I’ve been super busy. You know… the usual stuff. Shopping, wrapping, making gifts, sorting out which cookies I’m going to bake this year… having oral surgery….
Yeah… I know oral surgery isn’t typically on everyone’s holiday “to-do” lists… but unfortunately it made mine this year. 😦
It all started on November 28th. I woke up looking like a chipmunk. Well, at least 1/2 of me. The right side of my face was sore and very swollen. Clearly I must have enjoyed too much food at the multiple Thanksgiving feasts I attended/hosted.
My wisdom teeth had started a war. One that they would ultimately lose.
It has been an ongoing battle for a few years… the two bottom teeth had both been about 1/2 way in for a while and would occasionally flare up. But after 2-3 days, they would retreat and I would remain victorious. They were more prepared this time. After intense pain for 4 days with no retreat in sight, I gave in and made an appointment at the dentist down the street.
I know what you’re thinking… why didn’t you just do this sooner?
Well, you see, I don’t do well when people mess with my face. I don’t know if there’s a name for this particular quirk… but when I have work done on my teeth, I nearly pass out. When I was younger and had a rock in my eye, getting it removed nearly made me pass out. And again, when I started wearing contacts and the eye doctor was messing w/ my eyes… I nearly passed out. My poor parents can vouch for this. They’ve both seen me turn ghost white, wobble, etc. I also have similar problems with needles. So the combination of needles in my face absolutely terrifies me.
So I went to visit Dr. Hess at Willowtree Dental in Meridian, not too far from where I live. They took my insurance, they were open late, and when I called to make an appointment and explain what was happening, the gentleman who answered my call, I believe his name was Anthony, was extremely nice and friendly. I was nervous… but everyone was very nice! Dr. Hess was lovely, as is her dental hygenist. They both made me feel very comfortable and answered all of my questions. Unfortunately, due to my situation, they weren’t able to provide much assistance. They gave me a mouth rinse and some pain killers, and referred me to their in-house specialist the following day.
So on Friday December 2, I returned. Hopeful, yet terrified. I saw Dr. Richardson this time. He was also very kind and understanding. However, due to how close my wisdom teeth were to my mandibular nerve, he suggested I see an oral surgeon. He also prescribed me an antibiotic on top of the other medications.
I had my meet and greet w/ Dr. Comstock in Boise. The staff at his office was amazing. I advised them of my nervousness and they let me know exactly what was going to happen every step of the way. The surgery was scheduled for December 15th.
I’m pleased to say that it wasn’t at all as bad as I had built it up to be in my head. I went in, hopped up on the chair. Dr. Comstock’s assistant covered me w/ a blanket, and adjusted the chair until I was comfortable. They started me off w/ gas and then sprayed some topical numbing thing on my hand. Then they inserted the IV. It was the first one I had ever had, and I was worried about the needle… but Dr. Comstock was pretty good at it. I didn’t feel much at all. Then after they started the IV they were asking me questions about my life. Jason and Jayden came along to drive me so they saw them in the waiting room and we talked about them. Then finally we started.
They told me the IV would have a sort of amnesia effect. That must have been true. I remember quite a bit about the surgery, the order they did the teeth in… which ones they had problems with, etc. At least I remembered for a few days. When I try to think about it now, the whole thing gets pretty hazy. But, overall, it wasn’t so bad. I was able to speak comfortably the next day. The swelling and bruising seemed to have increased around day 2-3 of recovery. And I was back to work on the 19th. The pain is still dull and achy. The swelling is almost gone. I still have an X-shaped bruise on my left cheek (the side they had the most problems with, if I remember correctly). But I must have grown accustom to the pressure of having those teeth pressing on my jaw bone and my other teeth, because as soon as the first day, I could tell that there was more room in my mouth.
I’ve been on a pretty steady diet of scrambled eggs, yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes… and once I tried to eat a chicken sandwich (didn’t turn out to be the best idea). I long for a steak and baked potato, but at the same time… I’m okay with waiting. I’m eating enough to not be hungry all the time, but since I’m sticking to the squishy foods, I’ve managed to lose 5 lbs in the 5 days since the surgery.
And how many people can say that they’ve LOST weight during the Holiday season? 😀