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26 April 2011 @ 04:06 pm
Home from the dentist  
Lots of drilling, both to remove the wisdom tooth and to file down the bony plate under my tongue. About 2½ hours in the chair.

Didn't come back from the nitrous as quickly. More gauze packing than before; couldn't talk at all, even to mumble, afterward.

First gauze change an hour after getting home seemed to go well -- Dale took the gauze out, I drank a Slim-Fast and a soda and took a pain pill, and he put new gauze in. Over the course of the next hour, the pain got worse and worse and worse, to about an 8, radiating up into my ear and down into my neck. (The three previous surgeries topped out around 6.)

Dale came and removed the gauze, and the release of pressure was almost worse than the pressure had been, although at least I stopped feeling nauseated. I started leaking tears, and then I started groaning, and the pain spiked to a 9+. I couldn't stop crying, which of course was making the pain worse. I was holding the flashlight Dale uses to see what he's doing for the gauze changes, not just holding it but squeezing as hard as I could.

Dale asked if I wanted him to call the dentist, and then did so for me. He got the answering machine and left a message. He sat on the floor in front of me, trying to find some way to hold me. After maybe 10-15 minutes, the crying eased off and I was able to put down the flashlight. Dale held my hands and grounded a lot of the pain for another 10-15 minutes.

We decided that since everything was seeping blood as opposed to bleeding, we would forego further gauze packing unless that changes. I think the hydrocodone started kicking in as well, because over the next hour the pain came back down to a manageable 2. I had Dale call back and let the dentist know that I'm doing better.

It's 4 p.m., three hours since the pain pill, and I can feel pain building back up, so I'm going to take another half now (the prescribed dose is 1 every 6 hours. I also know I've taken stronger meds at a higher frequency, and I'd rather stay ahead of the pain).

I'm also still feeling cold and slightly trembly, which is why I am wrapped up in Dale's heavy warm terrycloth bathrobe.

But I'm much, much better than I was at 2 p.m.
une idee fixeideealisme on April 26th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Oh god that sounds terrible. Thank heaven for Dale being a steady rock for you. He sounds like a very grounded as well as grounding individual.

Feel better soon. Sounds like you need a good sleep.

(and you've just reminded me I need to schedule a dental appointment)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 26th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so very, very grateful that I'm not going through this alone.

If prior experience is any guide, tomorrow will be somewhat better, although still pretty bad, and then I'll progress steadily from there.
amaebiamaebi on April 26th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds absolutely horrendous. :( *useless love*
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 26th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
You know, I was dreading this one more than the first three. I don't know if I psyched myself up for a worse experience, or what, but I also know that tomorrow will be better, and the next day will be better than that, and so on.
Tom the Alien Cat: me at my jobtomtac on April 30th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
You're right about that. Some comfort in that.

But it still sounds horrible.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 30th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
The worst of it only lasted about 15-30 minutes, and it's been consistently getting better since then, for which thank ghods.
Apel Mjaussonapel on April 26th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Quite an ordeal you had there. In my experience many pain meds should say "Take 30-60 minutes before experiencing pain". Staying ahead of the pain seems like a good idea.

The cold and trembly feeling is probably because of the trauma. Trembling after trauma is supposed to be good for you. Apparently it helps the muscles relax after going rigid with fear. So, if you're able, it may be a good idea to allow the body to tremble and shake.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: dentistryjanetmiles on April 26th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information; I didn't know that. I'm not trying to stop the trembling (other than keeping warm so I don't start shivering -- I do not want my teeth to start chattering!

Honestly, I thought I was taking the pain pill before the pain started. When I took it, all I was feeling was a kind of low-grade ache.

Heh. Started to say "next time" but fortunately there won't be a next time -- this was the final round, for which thank ghods.
hedwig5221: cup of teahedwig5221 on April 27th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
So glad this is the final round and you are through with this pain. I know it has just been an ordeal, one I hope I never have to experience!

It was good to see you last Monday!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 27th, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
Thanks -- and I'll be attending more often again now.
Lesliemamatiger on April 27th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
Oh, my goodness. I'm so glad you had Dale there!

If you don't mind me asking, why did they "file down the bony plate under your tongue"? That sounds hideously painful just to think about! It must have had some good purpose though, but, god almighty. Eeks.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: dentistryjanetmiles on April 27th, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
Mandibular tori can continue growing to the point where they interfere with eating and talking, and to the point where food gets trapped under them. So as long as I was having gum surgery anyway, I might as well get them smoothed out. Also, smoothing them out makes the gum line heal more evenly.

He told me that would be the least painful part of the procedure, last time. I didn't believe him going into it, but it turned out he was right. It's just unpleasant listening to the drill while he's doing it.
zemhitchhiker on April 28th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
that sounds horrible :( *hug*
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 28th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
It was horrible, but all told the worst of it was only about 15-20 minutes. Yesterday was better than Tuesday, and today is better than yesterday.