Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It was bad. Really, really bad.

I mean reallllllly, realllllly bad.

I didn't really want to mess around with it, but they pretty much insisted on having a cleaning before anything else. And the Italians have some sort of pressure hose to do that with. Like sand blasting. Seriously. And then the metal claw. And then more sand blasting. And it hurt a lot. Like she was digging to China through my mouth.

At this point having oral surgery was sounding good because at least I'd have something for the pain. Except that they originally talked about one extraction and one root canal.

Next week.

Hell, to the mother-effing NO!!!!

So we went with the two extractions (thought I only needed one - how fun), today. OK. Fine. Mentally preparing myself.

Out comes the novacaine needle. I didn't want to see it, but I did by accident. Those things are HUGE!!!! Telling myself to hang in there - all downhill from here. No biggie. You can do this. Be strong.

He goes in. OWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! OK, more novacaine needed. And more. And more. The other dentist comes in. Two of them with pliers and what not, pain so bad I'm moaning, sweating and my blood pressure is off the flipping charts. (I constantly was setting off the alarm so they just muted it.) More novacaine. No go. More. More. More.

All told? 14 shots. And I felt every one. And felt both teeth. Both very stuck, very stubborn teeth. On the very, very back of my left lower jaw. Never mind that my entire jaw and tongue are completely numb.........I still felt everything and it was more painful than anything else in my life. Worse than anything I could even imagine. But there was no turning back, so we just plowed ahead. Like I had a choice.

Finally, we're done. All sutured up and cleaned up...only to realize the time....and that the post pharmacy closed five minutes ago. So no pain meds. You don't want to know what I said at this point. We went anyway to see if there was anything to be done. Nope. Gotta wait til tomorrow. *more cuss words* We only have a clinic, not a real hospital.

I had Thomas go to Burger King so he and Bella could get themselves dinner and to get me a strawberry shake.

So I'm eating a strawberry shake, sort of, out of the right side of my mouth with a spoon. Some of it even gets into, and stays in, my mouth. Mostly. I took Motrin because the swelling is probably going to be seriously awful. They sutured up my gum with gauze inside. The taste and smell of bloody gauze is beyond disgusting!!!! It's like rotting water buffalo. Only worse!

I go back on the 18th to have the stitches removed, and we figure out what comes next. I know we'll be hitting the maximum yearly benefit cap before too long, but that's just too bad. I'm done with waiting and I'm done with the Army BS paperwork. If we gotta pay, we gotta pay.

My mouth and jaw are so sore. It's been a real bitch of an afternoon....

Oh. And yeah. I got my period. Life is so unfair sometimes.


Heather said...

What a nightmare! I empathize with you on mouth pain, it is the worse pain ever. Worse than labor. And it takes so long for pain meds to work. I really really hope you're done with all the painful procedures!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

OMG Jeannie, poor you I can feel your pain from here, sounds like the dentist from hell. :(

Jenny S said...

OMG! I am so sorry!

Amy said...

OH dang! I hope you are feeling better soon... Yikes!

Catherine said...

Just wow... I'm so sorry! Please have Thomas call me if you guys need anything or whatever. I'm sure talking on the phone isn't high on your list of things to do. :( HUGS!

Toriz said...

Sounds like a real nightmare! Hope you can get your pain meds quickly tomorrow.


Deanna said...

Holy moly! Does it ever end?!?! I despise novocain and have been known to refuse it at times if the filling wasn't too deep. I hate the needles and it makes me sick. Fourteen of those shots! I shudder to think of it.

Hopefully you are on some seriously good meds right now and the worst is behind you.

Huge hugs!


Garden of Egan said...

I've been thinking about you. Glad that part is over.
Eek....water buffalo!?

Hang on, I think the worst of it is over.

just call me jo said...

The shots sound bad enough for me to cry, let alone the rest of it. I'm so sorry! And it costs so much...add insult to injury! I hope you have LOTS of pain meds by now. Sending love, hugs, and sympathy. Lots of sympathy! Keep us in the loop if you're not too loopy. ;o) (A little pain med humor.)

AliceKay said...

OMG! Do you mean they didn't put you under to have those teeth removed??? OUCH! I feel so bad for you, Jeannie. (thank God my oral surgeon uses general anesthesia) I hope you heal quickly and the pain and swelling goes away soon. I really do feel for you. *HUGS*

(and yeah, life can be so unfair sometimes. hang in there)

Heatherlyn said...

That sounds awful. You must have a pretty high pain tolerance because I think I just would have passed out. I hope it heals without complications. What a bummer. :(

Angela Weimer said...

Ouch....Having teeth extracted is aweful. I had 2 done and then wound up with an infection. I hate the dentist. Hope you feel better soon. Angela

ChicagoLady said...

Jeannie, I hope by the time you read this, you are properly doped up on some really strong pain meds. I can't even imagine what that must have been like. I know when I get a tooth filled, I HAVE to close my eyes, because if I see that needle...

Flo obviously felt you needed one more thing to worry about. Too bad she found out where you live in Italy.

Shell~AK Stamper said...

Holy Cow......you would of done better to have another child!!!

Sending Healing hugs for a speedy recovery!


Intense Guy said...

:( ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch!!

I hope you feel much better soonest... and that the followup stuff is nowhere near as traumatic.

Hestia's Helper said...

Oh my Gawd!! Jeannie!!
Not to get you even more agitated, but how in the world did they even let it get that bad before you had that terrifying procedure?
I think they're more gentle in back alley surgeries!
I hope you have lots of good meds and today is a "happy" day!