Thursday, May 6, 2010
I have been in the most horrible, awful, excruciating pain for the last few weeks. I went in to have a crown done and the tooth that was being worked on got massively infected. I went back when the pain got to be too much and my dentist decided that a root canal was in order. So he sent me home last week with antibiotics and pain meds and told me to come back in a week for the procedure. The pain got worse and worse and spread all throughout the left side of my jaw and up to my ear. I took Vicodin. I took Percoset. I added in Advil. I used a heat pack. NOTHING WORKED. On Tuesday night I was to the point of begging Derek to take me to the ER because I was sure I was going to die from the pain. Honestly, I'd put it up with my spinal headache in college and labor contractions - it was agonizing. We went in for my root canal on Wednesday morning and had decided to do sedation dentistry since I am nearly impossible to get numb. I took my pills and my dentist set about trying to numb me... I lost count of the shots but he said that he gives me at least 10x more Novocain than he gives his next most difficult patient. He also mentioned that I could go to UW and be studied for my ridonculous nerves. Awesome for me. Or not. So, he finally got me numb and the drugs kicked in and off he went drilling into my head... I vaguely remember talk of puss, bad smells, and a shock when he drilled into a part of the nerve that wasn't numb yet. Then Derek put me in the car and took me home to sleep it off. I can't say I feel 100% yet because I am still sore from all the work and shots but I feel a million, bazillion times better today than I have in the past week. It's amazing how draining constant pain is on your mood and emotions - I feel like a whole new person today!