Thursday, January 20, 2011

Do You Recognize This?

Yes, it is a dental light. It was my view (while my eyes weren't clenched shut) for about 2 hours today as I experienced yet another major dental procedure. To side-step the inevitable strong emotions that accompany my regular dental dramas, I'm going to count my toothy blessings:
  • I have insurance. 
  • I live in the age of anesthesia (I'm generally much more grateful for this one before those horrible shots in the roof of my mouth and after my eyelids and nostrils stop itching and tingling for 6 hours)
  • I know how to breathe slowly through my nose to avoid the nausea that rises when I taste my own blood and bone in my mouth. 
  • That drilling really only took about 45 minutes-a mere blink in the time-space continuum.
  • I can take narcotic pain relief with little or no side effects.
  • Maybe I'll lose weight as I worry about what to eat for the next 5 weeks so I don't shatter the temporary bridge now sitting in my mouth.
  • I saw a friend whom I haven't seen for months as I was waiting for my prescription for said narcotics. 
  • I don't have to cook tonight because there are tons of leftovers in the fridge. 
  • My children's heartless mocking of my drooling and odd speaking will take my mind off my twitching eyelids and drooping cheek. 
So, I actually am grateful, but right now I'm miserable and perhaps even a bit shocky from the procedure, so I'm invoking my right to moan just a little about my cursed and horrible teeth before I go take a nap. 

May your teeth be strong and your co-pays small. 


8 comments:

  1. I hope your nap helped. No fun. No fun at all. And this reminds me I need to schedule some overdue cleanings...

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  2. OH NO!! I am SO SORRY. I hope things seriously look up for you soon in the tooth department :)

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  3. Aww, no fun! Here's plenty of hugs, and remember that soup is a good food. Hope you feel better soon! Let me know if you want me to bring over some LOST...

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  4. I'm so sorry! That procedure sounded awful! Yay for pain killers! I hope you feel better soon!

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  5. UGH! I HATE the dentist, even cleanings make me a little punchy...I hope you recover quickly! Happy thoughts and prayers for you.

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  6. It sounds so awful. I hope you get feeling better soon.

    Also I love the blanket you made for Cameron(I think it was for him or William..Felicity's boys.) Do you have that pattern handy?

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  7. no no no!!! i am so sorry! that is sooooo horrible

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  8. We are having lame dental issues right now too. I NEVER have cavities, so we chose the lesser option for our dental plan, then suddenly, I had to get 3 refilled and Jake had a root canal--in January. There goes our maximum. Oh well. Better than paying for everything eh? And I can count my blessings that I don't even THINK about the shots until they are happening, unlike Jake who worried for an entire month about it. I'm with you in your hope that our teeth may be strong and copays small. :)

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Thank you for sharing your insights!