The pulling of the wisdom teeth went very smoothly. I was pretty anxious leading up to it, but by the time I was in the chair and being prepped I felt far more calm. They had a bit of trouble finding a vein for the IV, so they ended up putting it in my hand. Usually this is not a problem, but I was dehydrated, from the no water after midnight, and being on Lithium.
They put me on the gas just about as soon as I
sat down though, so while it was certainly not comfortable, it wasn't
as bad as it could have been. I recall the IV going in, and them
starting to say to count back from something. I never heard what number I
was meant to count back from. Next I knew I was grunting in discomfort
as the dentist was re-cementing my crown. I asked, with a mouth full of
gauze if he'd gotten all four teeth, and if the crown had been a
problem. He said he'd removed the crown before even trying on my right
side, because he didn't want to damage it, and that it had actually been
the lower right one that gave him a little trouble.
walked me to another room where I sat and listened as they gave Katy (my
friend and coworker who took me) care instructions.
we went to Target and filled my prescriptions. They gave me Percoset
and 800mg Ibuprofen as well as an Antibiotic. I'm supposed to start the
antibiotic tomorrow. I am tentatively planning to return to work on
Thursday, but if I'm feeling well enough Wednesday i may go in after I
see Dr T. I'm not sure what to expect at this followup, but now that my
teeth are sorted (for now anyway) I can focus on getting my
psychological crap treated.
I'm icing every hour or so, and
sitting/sleeping upright on the sofa intermittently. I expect the
healing to go well at this rate. I still taste blood but the bleeding
has slowed significantly since noon, when the procedure was completed. I
went through all the gauze they gave me, and ended up walking to the
store to get more. I regret walking, but I needed the gauze as I was
bleeding enough to be feeling quite ill. '
I also got to talk to
Steve today which was nice. Talking is kind of hard. My jaw is wanting
to lock and be stiff. It was very nice though, even if I was a bit of a
I hope you're all doing well!