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The Ballad of the Epic Extraction

I don't feel quite as bad today as I did when I finally got to sleep sometime after four ayem this morning. The only pain killer I seem to need right now is Advil, which is a switch. More than anything, I am weak, woozy. I spent twenty-two of the last twenty-four hours in bed, which seems incredible. I slept almost eight of those.

The extraction took longer than expected. Spooky, who was out in the waiting room, heard a nurse refer to it as "the epic extraction." Sounds like a Lemony Snicket book, doesn't it? Anyway, root broke off and had to be cut out. And no, I wasn't allowed to keep the tooth (not that there was much left of it), but, afterwards, my dentist's assistant allowed me to hold it and get a good look at it.

I do adore my dentist, Dr. Rubenstein. He calls me "kiddo."

I think, more than anything, I'm starving. I've subsisted on room-temperature Campbell's cream of potato soup and Jell-O pudding cups since the surgery. Tonight, I hope to be up to mashed potatoes. Maybe sag paneer by tomorrow. Spooky has it in her head I'll be drinking protein shakes today, and taking vitamins, which means I probably will be doing just that.

There's a huge crater on the upper right side of my mouth, filled with something that looks my cranberry sauce. The clot.

I'd hoped to sleep much of yesterday, but I couldn't. Spooky read to me. We watched an amazingly bizarre Korean horror film (the name escapes me). Then we watched nine consecutive episodes of Jericho. I'd never watched the series before. We started at the beginning. It gets a lot better by the ninth episode, but it's still rather bland, blandly written and acted, chock full of bland actors, and you could fill a library with the bad science and plot holes. And it tries far too hard to find something uplifting about nuclear terrorism.

There's another snowstorm on the way. I really could have done without that news. It should reach us tomorrow evening. We still have snow on the ground from the storm that hit on New Year's Eve.

I hope to be writing again by Monday, at the very latest.

Er...I think I'm sicker than I thought. Spooky just called me "Puffin MacMuffin," and that's got to be an hallucination.


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Jan. 9th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
hope you heal quickly and with great style. Dental work is never easy.
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm dreadfully sorry, but I am rather enjoying the name "Puffin MacMuffin"!

I hope you'll be feeling quite better soon :)
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
So do I: I think it'll make a great pseudonym. Or Even Better, a great CK-written Disney Channel TV series for the tween crowd.

Edited at 2009-01-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Well, if it helps, I just sent off a nearly-five-pound package to you and Spooky this morning. Considering that it went Priority, it might reach you by tomorrow, but it'll definitely be at your PO Box by Monday. When you see what's inside, it may or may not take your mind off the pain, but it's got to be tastier than Jell-O pudding.
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Because the Drugs Aren't Enough
...Feist on Sesame Street. I adored it when I first saw it, watched it again today, and something about it jogged my memory. Perhaps someone else whose picture I've seen a fair bit? Then I thought -- what if she were wearing a cardigan and dark glasses? Or a leather jacket and dark glasses?

(Well, there are monsters involved, after all.)

Glad you're on the mend.
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Are there any Korean horror movies that are not amazingly bizarre ?

Hope you get feeling better.
Jan. 9th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Er...I think I'm sicker than I thought. Spooky just called me "Puffin MacMuffin," and that's got to be an hallucination.

Kind of a cute one, though.

Heal fast.
Jan. 9th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I had an extraction last week which was only slightly less epic than yours by the sounds of it! Many sympathies and I hope the Gum-Healing Gnome is as good to you as she's being to me.
Jan. 9th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it went okay! May all your hallucinations be pleasant ones...
Jan. 9th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I found that carefully irrigating the crater with warm salty water using a baby's oral syringe helped me heal better when they had to cut out my impacted wisdom teeth.

Congee would be a good thing to eat, just made mild with a little chicken in it.

Get well soon.

- Mel
Jan. 10th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Well, at least the pain will be ending soon. Hang in there. :)
Jan. 10th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHEEEEEZZZZ!!! aintseencurtainslikethatinawhile
Jan. 10th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
It fun to put your tounge where yer tooth used to be. try it. I had them give me mine back and I made a necklace.
Jan. 10th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
The cranberry sauce clot is GOOD, hang onto it for dear life. Just rinse by putting the warm water in your mouth & tipping your head around. No swishing.
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
There was an earthquake in Seattle when I had all of my wisdom teeth pulled. I remember waking up and asking the nurse about it, she said I must have heard it on the radio as I counted backward.

Hope you heal well. Perhaps the downtime will be good for you. Though who really likes downtime anyway.
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds awful, but I'm glad it's over. From the looks of the maps on the Weather Channel, y'all are getting more snow. Stay warm.
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