Thursday, November 13, 2008

Poor Unfortunate Pig

I thought three consecutive Wednesdays in a row to fix a second root canal was more pain than a person could bear. But imagine my horror at finding out I have to come one more time! In part it is my fault as I didn't schedule enough time for him to finish up and I had to pick up my daughters from school. But the thought of another needle in my mouth is more than I can bear. It is way too depressing.

So another lesson I learned from my dental experiences. Make sure to push numb parts of your mouth out of the bite zone. I got swollen after 2 hours of my mouth being held open for x-rays and drilling and filling. On my way home, I noticed that I kept biting down on something squishy but was too traumatized to worry about it ... until the novacaine wore off and I realized I had been biting down on my swollen inner cheek, which was now not only swollen but all bit up and basically one big abrasion. Because my tongue and jaw are all sore from the experience, I now have to stick my finger in my mouth and push the inside of my mouth away from my chompers. This also makes eating and talking a bit of a challenge. I shove small bits of food in my mouth, which I can only open about half an inch. Any wider and my jaw hurts. I talk through clenched teeth, like Clint Eastwood in his Dirty Harry movies. I have pain killers, but apparently after taking them for several weeks now, they really upset my stomach. My dentist has given me a different prescription, but I'm also not a drug fan so I'm trying to ride out the pain. Which makes me a fool as well as unfortunate.

One more Wednesday of pain and then hopefully I will be free of this endless misery. And I can't curl up into a ball and rock back and forth nursing my aching jaw because it is getting close to end of semester. So I must turn my attention to grading tons of papers again. Here comes my big red dripping pen. I shall not be the only one feeling sorry for myself. he he.

22 comments:

Melissa Marsh said...

Oh Ell! I'm so sorry you're going through all this. Wow. Quite an ordeal! Sending hugs.

Jeanie W said...

I hope the pain ends soon. It sounds horrible.

I think I'll go floss my teeth now.

Aerin said...

So wait, does your dentist look like Ursula?

moonrat said...

big red dripping pen, heehee. i have one of those.

The Anti-Wife said...

Poor, poor Piggie!

Ello said...

Thanks everyone. I am a miserable piggie and I can't even enjoy eating anymore. That really is a terrible thing for a pig.

Aerin - I cannot believe you got my Ursula reference. HA HAAAAA! I nearly swallowed my tongue laughing! No my dentist does not look like Ursula - he is deceptively nice and cheery looking. He's actually really nice, when he is not inflicting pain on me!

Conduit said...

Ell in Hell. You have my sympathy. I hope you're feeling better soon.

ChrisEldin said...

Sure, sure.
I'm not believing any of this without pictures. You're a writer, and writers are famous for making up stories.

Precie said...

ow ow ow ow ow

My sympathies.

cindy said...

ugh, i hate the dentist! *hugs*

spyscribbler said...

I feel your pain. I have been going to the dentist since July for two root canals and a cavity. It's like a freaking part-time job and I am not kidding.

I keep wondering if there is some weird side effect to weekly novicaine use.

Larramie said...

Will you now be using a Sonicare toothbrush and scheduling regular dental visits, Ello? Aw, the pain of some lessons.

Jacqui said...

My teeth hurt just reading it.

Kim Kasch said...

That is horrible. I can't imagine and don't even want to try.

But, it's almost over.

Hang in there.

blogless troll said...

I remember having my eyes closed when the dentist yanked the nerve out during my root canal, but even though my eyes were closed I saw a big bright white flash of light. Does that happen every time Ello?

JaneyV said...

Oh my! I'm feeling a little faint... and nauseous! Poor poor piggy. I've never had a root canal and I will do everything I can to avoid one.

OW OW OW - Too many OWs!

Feel better soon - you have all my sympathy.

I'm humming Poor Unfortunate Souls now... there's a line that goes "It's she who holds her tongue who gets a man…from now on I'll be singing
It's she who bites her tongue who gets Da man…in you honour.

Ello said...

Thanks guys. I am a very sorry mess these days. I cannot wait til next Wednesday and then I will be singing Happy Days are here again!!!

Colleen_Katana said...

Oy! I hope you feel better soon!

Lilgirlie said...

Poor poor piggie!

Charles Gramlich said...

Geeze louise, I mean, ello. I'm glad I'm not you right now. Ouch and all that stuff. Here's hoping it's over soon.

writtenwyrdd said...

YOu poor thing! After all my dental visits for broken/cracked teeth, root canals, multiple crowns, fillings and what not (costing close to 10K by this time) I've only ever had one bad drilling/dental experience. I imagine a lot of your soreness is from getting a lot of shots, which is a total bummer. Sorry it's so miserable for you, but glad to hear it will soon be through.

laughingwolf said...

not a happy experience, sorry :(

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