March 26, 2007

Think happy thoughts -- UPDATED

I'm off to the dentist to get my top 2 wisdom teeth out. You know, the ones they told me I'd never get in the first place? The ones that kick in my gag reflex whenever I try to brush them? The authors of my maxillary sinus issues? Yep. Them. Between my general white coat syndrome, LOATHING of dentists ( I once prostrated myself on the floor and made my mother carry me to the car to go to the dentist.  Ok, I was 4.), hatred of anesthesia (professional prejudice), and fear of severe pain, I am Nervous Nelly #1.

Feel free to beseech the benevolent deity of your choice to smile on me and keep the pain down, regardless of whether I get a codeine prescription or not.

UPDATE: I'm back. Gauze packed firmly in place. Mouth is waking up, and so far the worst pain is from my face where he stretched my face on the right side. My teeth were so far back that he couldn't reach them with the tools he had planned to use..... ay yi yi. I was crying.....

But the teeth each came out in one piece, so that's good. The right one took 20 minutes, the left one took like 3 minutes. Funny that.

Posted by caltechgirl at March 26, 2007 01:42 PM | TrackBack

Oh! Sending lots of happy thoughts your way, CTG. I hope you'll be under for the procedure.. It will be OK. Make sure hubby goes to get you a nice cooling slushy from 7-11, or something equally yummy and cold!!

Posted by: Marie at March 26, 2007 02:34 PM

I'm sorry! I got mine removed at 18, had them give me the Knock You Out Gas. Worse than the pain of the "surgery" was the nausea from the anesthesia.

I hope it goes okay for you!

Posted by: Sissy at March 26, 2007 03:13 PM

I had 2 of those out also. They were both on the same side... one top, one bottom. Actually, the worst part was that my daughter was 3 years old. So, my husband takes me home and then has to head to work.

Whereupon darling daughter decided to plug up the toilet and over flow the stupid thing all over the floor by using an entire roll of TP. *sigh* It wasn't like she'd never been to the bathroom by herself before. One can only assume she thought she wasn't getting enough attention.

So, there I was, mouth stuffed with cotton gauzy junk, cleaning the bathroom... hauling rugs to the basement (from the top floor of the townhouse we were in) to wash them. And darling daughter saying, "I'm sorry mommy... the water is on the floor". heh.

Posted by: Teresa at March 26, 2007 03:15 PM

Just drink enough alcohol and all of your problems will be gone... until the procedure is finished.

Posted by: Contagion at March 26, 2007 04:04 PM

About the slushy, ONLY if she wants one. Why buy things when we need the money elsewhere. :) I love you honey.

Don't worry, she is doing fine and is resting as best she can with a laptop on her lap.

Thank you for the comments


Posted by: GM Trojan at March 26, 2007 04:50 PM

I have about fifteen left to be pulled and no more dentist teeth were kinda like the old oak wagon..did good for most of my life and then they all went bad at once and no way to repair unless I want to spend about 30 grand

Posted by: GUYK at March 26, 2007 06:15 PM

OUCH!! I had all four pulled when I was a teen, about to get braces (I think I was 14?) and I remember it HURT! It's for your benefit, so that makes the pain "almost" worth it. And, there's the added plus of milkshakes for a week! ;-)

Posted by: Amanda at March 26, 2007 07:55 PM

I've had two removed, one at at time (a week or two apart). It was the cracking noise that bothered me most.

I'm glad you survived.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at March 27, 2007 05:32 AM

Ouch! I got all four of my wisdom teeth yanked at once, back long ago when I was a senior in college. Between semesters. Lay around for the next week, living on ice cream, 7Up, and percodan, and reading Moby Dick.

Thinking of you, and hope you're feeling better soon.

Posted by: Paul Burgess at March 27, 2007 06:24 AM

Glad you survived... Go easy!

Posted by: Marie at March 27, 2007 07:12 AM

Ouch! Hope you feel better soon!

Posted by: Jenna at March 27, 2007 07:30 AM

Ouch! I had all four of mine out when I was 15. I remember the anxiety before...and the pain after.

Thinking of you...

Posted by: Mia at March 27, 2007 01:35 PM

Hey - I hope you heal up really really fast!

Posted by: Richmond at March 28, 2007 12:58 PM

Sounds painful. I have all four of my wisdom teeth. I'm very wise. Stop by and check it out.

Posted by: Norma at March 28, 2007 05:31 PM

Same here, Norma.
All four in one day. I was real pain.

CTG: Hope it heals up quickly, and thanks for your offer of html help.

"swish gently with warm salt water." Did they tell you that?

Posted by: Brian the sailor at March 28, 2007 08:36 PM

Never mind Norma, I misread. I thought you'd had all four OUT.
I say, keep them. It felt like I was chewing everything in the front of my mouth like a chipmunk after I had mine pulled.
Maybe I should read more carefully before commenting, but that's not my style.

Posted by: Brian the sailor at March 28, 2007 08:40 PM