Friday, February 09, 2007

Talking with a mouthful

I considered taking a picture of my late lamented tooth and posting it but then decided that was absolutely TMI!!!! I must admit though that it was fascinating seeing the problem child and it was very apparent to me, once I knew what I was looking at, why it was such a problem. But it really is a quite good looking tooth so I may drop it into a glass vial and wear it. OK. OK! Just kidding. No Angie/BillyBob symbols of undying devotion for this gal.

However, the whole extraction process and bone grafting was really interesting and went very easily today. I was really surprised. The surgeon knew what she was doing and was gentle and confident. I felt very secure. I ice packed my cheek on and off for a few hours, am being careful to eat soft foods, and will get ready for round two the middle of March. The best thing that came out of this day was my daughter, Krista, being able to talk with the dental assistant who is now studying to be a dental hygienist. Kris has been re-inspired to get back to school. She was able to stay in the room and observe the extraction and the bone grafting. It totally reaffirmed her desire to go into the dental hygiene profession.

The cool thing about the procedure too was that I managed to actually talk through some of it and make myself understood. That was some trick considering I had at least 3-4 tools and at least three hands in my mouth all at once. Anyway, once Miss Behaving Tooth was out we were all high fiving and then the bone grafting began. Another interesting experience. Sounded weird but I didn't feel a thing. After suturing me up, they turned me loose. There was a bit of dizziness so I was really glad my toothfairy daughter was with me to do the driving. She was quite bossy and insisted I follow all the directions to the letter. She's currently a medical assistant and all I can say is "Sheesh, give a person a little knowledge and they think they know everything". LOL

14 comments:

trailbee said...

I'm happy that all went so well, Anne. Can you drink some coffee Monday? Got to come in to pay my bill!

AnnieElf said...

Yes. Just was grounded from hot stuff today. Will be careful all weekend though and should be fine by Monday. See you then.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

I have to go to the dentist both monday and friday.... shudder.... i could barely read this.... shudder....

AnnieElf said...

Ascen - a lot of my fears were assuaged after the actual procedure was completed. Yes, it's scary and when you discover it isn't hurting, a lot of the fearfulness disappears and curiousity takes over. That is true for me in any event. AND, if you pop the motrin and/or vicadin it is a blessing that really gets you through. The important thing is to follow directions. I have actually felt no pain. Pressure and discomfort and wariness but no pain. I am really quite amazed. Good luck and keep me posted. We can compare notes.

Annie

diana said...

annie it sounds like you were in good hands with glinda and krista looking out for you ! I had to laugh when you talked about Krista being so bossy....last night my college sophomore has been lecturing me about the state of education(thru the eyes of college professors)... I was a teacher for 20 some years... but what do I know ???

lila said...

So glad to hear that it seems to be going well! We are blessed with good doctors and dentists!

paris parfait said...

You're so funny, Annie (your last sentence). Glad your daughter is looking after you! And hope you're feeling much better by now. xo

Maryellen said...

Hey Annie: Thanks for not getting toooooooo graffic, but hey have you considered a matching set of extracted teeth earrings? LOL

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Jeremy said...

Thanks for not posting the tooth!

I thought the phrase was 'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing'!

Deb said...

Oh Annie.. just thinking about dentist appointments sends me into waves of panic! I'm so glad that yours went well with a minimun of discomfort. Stay well! XOX Deb.. p.s. oh yeah - we nurses are such bossy things and also make the worst patients - -lol!!!

tongue in cheek said...

I am glad it went well! The toothfairy worked well keeping you calm :)
I have appointment soon, I usually fall asleep in the chair, that is how I cope with things I do not like...

Lee-ann said...

Annie I was thinking about you today.....It is ever so hard in blogger land being a day ahead of you over there but at the same time behind. when you sleep I am having a busy day, so my comments are either too early or too late.......yes I know I am raving but what I am trying to say is I was thinking about your day at the dentist hoping it went well and I see here it has that is good. one down and that must feel good too.

susanna said...

PS - By any chance, is your daughter's name Glinda? :)

Beth said...

Ugh,,I hate any kind of dental surgery, not fun at all. I am so sorry I didn't know you were going through all of this. I hope its all healed up now. I have been a bad blogger lately,,between work and sickness, not much energy for blogging,lol.