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I'm a little chipmunk, short and stout...

Yeah. So.


My weekend of wisdom-tooth-pain culminated in Wednesday's appointment (of DOOM), where there was much gnashing and cutting and grinding--oy vey!

I got to see an x-ray of what was going on with my tooth. It looked something like:

Note the little bit of wisdom tooth peeking out the gum, looking like it would come in. It's looked like that for years--a little bit more, and a little bit more, and...

Note also the little bit of bone keeping it from actually raising up. Doh!

So Mr. Dentist went in, slicey slicey with the gum tissue so he could go grindey grindey with the bone tissue, so he could go wiggle-wiggle-snap and get that freaking cess-pit of a tooth out of there!

Repeat for the other side (ugh. ow. ouch!)

I got two _huge_ shots of lidocaine (one per side), and then something else that was more local than merely "topical"--and that really did the trick. Though by the time he started slicing open on the left side, I could feel things again, so he gave that side another shot of the lidocaine, which worked well enough. Then he started stitching, and let me tell you that is an _odd_ sensation. With scary-looking implements. I could feel the thread sliding through my flesh, but I kept thinking, "Oh, this will be over soon, no need for another shot of lidocaine". Two things wrong with that--it _wasn't_ over soon (enough), and by the time he was sewing up the other side (which didn't feel it), my right side was _killing me_. "But this will be over soon, no need..."

There was a pre-dent there that was really excited about the whole procedure, so Mr. Dentist would stop and explain things to her--and I'd crane my neck to see and he'd move so I could see better and explain to both of us. Cool stuff. Afterwards, she was all giggly, asking various questions, and poking and prodding at the two teeth that were on the dentist tray (after asking me if I minded). Then we just sort of talked, while I was supposed to be putting pressure on these OW OW OW OW OW gauze pads, to get the bleeding to stop.

Getting home was awkward and painful (we stopped to get prescribed antiobiotics--man, that took forever!) and I was somewhat afraid to go to sleep. Tried to change my gauze (BAD idea, BAD BAD BAD), and all of a sudden my gums were pouring forth blood, and I couldn't get them to stop. Amy called the dentist for me, and he re-recommended tea bags, which Amy prepared for me and I applied... OW OW OW OW OW. Then I took some pain medication that Amy ground up for me in a little cup of water, because I didn't want to open my jaw... and all of that helped. I think part of it was that I just couldn't place the gauze in the right place and apply the right amount of pressure because it hurt so friggin much. So of course it wouldn't stop bleeding. Anyway, it eventually stopped. Took another pain pill which didn't seem to do anything, and lay in bed. In and out of consciousness. Eventually remembered to remove my phone. And then my camera. And then my wallet. Woke up when Amy did, but really couldn't drag myself to face the day. Eventually, she convinced me out of bed to email work, because I was trying to say too many complicated things for her to pass on.

Emailed work. Popped another pain pill. And antiobiotics. And went to bed.

Woke up at 5pm. I've eaten two small things of yogurt since yesterday's lunch. Took another antiobiotic, removed the gauze pads which were only mostly soaked in blood (you should see the bag o' bloody tissue I've got from when I was really having problems; oy!)

Now I'm supposed to be working on a proposal that was due, er, early today if not late last night.

No real thoughts involved beyond OW OW OW OW OW.

And now, here's me as a chipmunk:


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Aug. 11th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
This was such a cool description!
You do well with painful things. Keep up the good work!


PS I'm glad you got the books. More later...(words, I mean, though possibly also books).
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
Re: This was such a cool description!
You do well with painful things. Keep up the good work!

I'm better at describing things I've experienced than things I haven't. Hoping that I'm slowly getting better at pseudo-experiencing things so as to describe them. Shame I had to experience all of this. ;)

If you're into that sort of thing, there's a scene in V that made me put it down several times due to its graphic nature (and my over-sensitive nose). Describing a nose job. Oy! Mind you, that book as a whole is hard to get through. Beautiful writing, imo, grandiose tale, hard to keep track of it all and how it ties together (just barely).

More words later, yes. :)
Aug. 18th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: This was such a cool description!
"Hoping that I'm slowly getting better at pseudo-experiencing things so as to describe them. Shame I had to experience all of this. ;)"

Indeed. Imaginary dental work would be much easier!

"If you're into that sort of thing, there's a scene in V that made me put it down several times due to its graphic nature (and my over-sensitive nose). Describing a nose job. Oy! Mind you, that book as a whole is hard to get through. Beautiful writing, imo, grandiose tale, hard to keep track of it all and how it ties together (just barely)."

Are you referring to V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore? If so, it's been a while and the book didn't do much for me, so I don't remember the scene. Probably worth another spin through if I had a copy.

Aug. 18th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Re: This was such a cool description!
Aug. 18th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Re: This was such a cool description!
From the review: "But for those who prefer more traditional, even formulaic, books I should warn that V., while in my opinion excellent, may not be to their liking."

Yes, this book sounds like you. :) I'm more a traditionalist myself, but really, any way to tell a story that works will do it for me. But I like to see a Point A and a Point B and some points in between...

Babbling now, tired. His storytelling technique does sound exceptionally well-done and/or complicated.

But, y'know, V for Vendetta is still a good book too. Some pretty complicated storytelling techniques there. But with pictures!

Aug. 18th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: This was such a cool description!
From another review: "Per the complaints that annoyed me when I came here to see how much the book cost, if you have an intellect and attention span that can only handle Stephen King, John Grisham, Dean Koonts, so on and so forth, don't read this. Yes this is arranged differently than novels you will find in a grocery store. It is harder to read and takes more effort than books with half naked people on the cover or books for people who have the attention span of small children."

What, what? Now the reviewers are mocking me! Those are some of the kinds of books I like... Short attention span enabled. :)

Aug. 11th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
I had all my wisdom teeth out years ago. My sympathies!

Aug. 11th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)

were yours more of the "twist and pull" sort, or the "cut and grind, THEN twist and pull" sort?

Having had some of both, I'm damnably jealous of folks who get away with just "twist and pull". And apparently some people don't even get them.

Aug. 11th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
It was so long ago I don't remember. Which probably means it wasn't a cut and grinder. But they DID put me to sleep. And I remember much pain and blood.
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
Di you have to worry about keeping gauze on and all that? The fact that they put you under makes me lean towards the cut and grind, really. Having them pulled otherwise is barely traumatic by any sense of the term.

Much pain + much blood == ugh.
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
I had my gums lowered once. They pulled a funky wisdom tooth out at the same time. Much cutting, grinding. MAny good shots. He called them coctails!

My sympathies dude. ugh.
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
Lowered? Damn. I need mine raised! ;)


funky, funky, eeeeeeeeevil wisdom teeth.

Thanks. :)
Aug. 11th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
I had it (mostly) easy when I had my wisdom teeth out. Except that the lidocaine/novocaine/whatever had worn off before they even started drilling.
Aug. 11th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kaolin. I feel your pain. Keep on those pills and try not to work too hard. I'm glad you got some sleep.
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
That sucks dude. Hope you feel better soon.
Aug. 11th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
ouch ouch omfg. ouch. Hope it feels better soon. Man.

And no, I shouldn't see the bag of bloody tissues.
Aug. 11th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Ouch.... but it sounds like you're healing well.
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Damn, you don't look too happy in that picture, understandably! I went under when they pulled my (4) wisdom teeth, and I'm glad I did. Though that probably means that they got extra violent with their extraction.

Maybe the procedures were different, but I had to have clove-flavored guaze-looking strips shoved in the holes for two weeks; no "put some gauze on it" for me. Now I cringe sometimes when I taste cloves.

Anyway, glad the torture is over. Now you can just take a couple of those Vicodin at once and have fun.
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
Cloves or clove oil is an old old remedy for tooth pain. Apparently clove oil soothes raw nerve endings, and back before dentists and painkillers, if you had a toothache chewing on a clove was the prescribed remedy.

I just had a root canal and crown done, and the temporary filling and cement for the temporary crown both had clove oil in them. Ick. I've never liked cloves and I like them even less now. Fortunately I got the perm. crown on yesterday and I'm all done with that now.
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
ouch! I'm glad I haven't *knocks on wood* had any problems with my wisdom teeth.
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ugh... My bottoms were like yours were, except that they gave me happy pills (no knockout drugs, though) so I was awake but la la la through the whole thing. Top ones I was fully lucid, but they were already mostly out, so it wasn't too bad.

Ick ick ick. I hope you feel better and get to rest your mouth. :-(
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
oh, k. i wondered and wondered. sigh. feel better soon. *hugs*
Aug. 11th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I had mine out about 9 years ago, it was no fun. I didn't eat for 2 days. The most painful part for me was the needle in the roof of my mouth. OUCH. Nothing else compared to that. Ugh. My hubby needs to have his taken out, so I won't direct him to your journal :).
Aug. 11th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my brother-in-law is having his out this Friday. I showed him this as an idea of how much worse it gets when you put things off... ;)
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