Friday, June 4, 2010

Once again, I've cheated death

I survived wisdom teeth surgery.  So far.  If I can avoid infection or dry socket or drug overdose, I'm home free.  The worst part of the entire experience was waiting for it.  Once I was in the chair they gave me nitrous.  That stuff is a miracle.  They put it on and I felt every muscle in my body relax and I didn't care about anything.  They put an IV in and I didn't even want to throw up at the thought of it!  Miraculous!  Then I went to sleep, but not really sleep because I could still hear the doctor and the nurses talking.  That was one of the things I was most afraid of, being paralyzed, but not really out.  But it was okay because I couldn't feel anything.  Then I woke up and lay in recovery for a while and then the nurse talked to me for about ten minutes and I can remember her talking and thinking, "............................................ Is she even speaking English?"  Thankfully my dad was there and he relayed the instructions for me again when I was more lucid.

I got some sweet drugs and was told to take them right away to "get ahead of the pain."  Okay, no problem.  I took some and then watched New Moon which I bought for myself when I was at the pharmacy as a tooth fairy present, but couldn't keep my eyes open and I had a waking dream that one of my feet was on backwards and it was weird and scary but mostly unbelievably hilarious!  My stupid toes were in the BACK! Wow, I had a lot of trouble with that foot.  And my knee bent both ways.  It was so REAL!

I kept my teeth (obviously) and here they are (prepare yourself):

Yes, I know they are bloody and gory and disgusting, but now I'm done with dental issues!  So no more teeth posts!  Yay for all of us!

Thank you so much to my Mom and Dad for coming down to help me and taking the kids home with them for the weekend.  I really appreciate it!


  1. Nitrous oxide, huh? I need to get one of my wisdom teeth out soon and I wondered whether I'd have to be "put out" or novacained. You'll have to let me know how the recovery goes :-)

  2. Hi Maggie. I had one tooth out a long time ago and it was just pulled the normal way. That sucked major ASS. So I put off having the other three out for about 20 years. It wasn't bad at all. We'll see if I recover.

  3. Those teeth are disgusting! I made your kids look at the picture. Even Kira was grossed out.

  4. when i had my teeth out, i actually brought a little tupperware container with "amanda's teeth" written on it in sharpie so they wouldn't forget. the dentist laughed at me, but when i woke up in the truck on the way home (which was my first memory after the IV), i sat up with a start and said, "where's my teeth?!" my pop said, "right in your hand" and i fell asleep happy because i'd gotten to keep them.

    i don't remember the recovery being too terrible. i was lucky and had my folks around too, which helped. feel better soon!

  5. I have to say that your teeth look HUGE in this picture! I'm so glad you finally got rid of them, clearly they were too big for your mouth.

    Enjoy the kid free, drug induced weekend ahead!

    OH..and get a refill if you are allowed...

  6. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you - proud of you for finally going thru with this!

    I rememember in 8th grade when Jill had to have permanent teeth pulled b-4 getting her braces. We're sitting in class and she says "hold out your hand". She opened up a large pill bottle and dumped her teeth into my hand - YES, they were cleaned first! - and I really thought that I was going to throw up.

    I've seen a pulled horse's tooth and I swear it was smaller than yours!!


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