Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Yesterday I had a wisdom tooth out. Though impacted, it had not caused problems till very recently: in early March one corner of it erupted from the gum! (Exclamation mark because at my age I had not expected my teeth to continue migrating.)
My dentist referred me to an oral surgeon who uses local anesthesia for extractions like this. Years ago when I had two other wisdom teeth out, twilight anesthesia was used. Local is less expensive & worked really well for me. The doctor explained everything well & called me at home in the evening to make sure I was doing OK.
I rested yesterday afternoon/evening, reading on the sofa most of that time. And today I'm back at work & feeling practically back to normal! I've taken a couple of Vicodin preventively today, but I'm thinking I may not need to finish off the prescription because I seem to be over the pain already. My cheek is only slightly swollen & the bleeding seems to be done. Of course I'll continue the preventive antibiotic the surgeon prescribed, though.
I'm grateful to my body for its ability to recover so quickly! And for the strength to run: yesterday morning I ran to the neighborhood grocery to get yogurt & applesauce so as to have something soft & cool to eat postsurgery, & then I ran to the train, & from the train to the surgeon's office. I would guess that within another day or two I'll be well enough to go out for another run too.
I thank God for designing our bodies with the capacity to heal.