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15 November 2008 @ 05:57 pm
Ouch and more ouch  
Friday morning I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth removed. It was a... mixed experience. Once they had me in the room, they hooked me up to monitors that tracked my vital signs, complete with dings and beeps and the squiggely line machine doo dad that tracks your heart rhythm. They also had to hook me up to an IV, which was difficult. Two weeks ago I had a physical at my GPs office and it took them 20 minutes to draw two viles of blood since they couldn't manage to find any veins in my arm. They ultimately drew from a vein in my hand. The nurses at the oral surgeons had similar problems. At once point they made the tourinquets around my arms so tight that I later found purplish bruises ringing my arms. When I finally said I didn't think they would find a vein in my arm, they got one in my wrist, toward the side, that hurt like hell when they put the needle in. The nurse jiggled it around a bit, pushing it this way and that. When she finally taped it down, she insisted on pressing on it several times asking me if it hurt. I really wanted to shout. "Yes, it fucking hurts! Stop poking it, you sadistic bitch!"

When everything was hooked up, they then left me to sit and stare at the wall for about 15 minutes unattended. The hand that had the IV in it was shaking and my hands had gone ice cold. It was frigid in the room. I think I was tearing a little bit, trying my best not to freak out. When they came back in, they put an oxygen mask over my nose and wedged a block between my teeth. I remember the nurse saying she was injecting the anesthetic, about 10 seconds of blinking and then... nothing. Thank God for small favors. I think I woke up a little toward the end of the procedure. I vaguely remember lights and the doctor and nurse standing over me, working on my mouth. The next blink and I was sitting up in a chair, hunched over, bloody gauze hanging out of my mouth. A nurse asked me if I was awake. I nodded and then drifted off again. The next time I opened my eyes, the nurse sat and talked to me and then got me into a wheelchair and asked that I try and stay awake.

I was alright for the first hour or so, but then my jaw got very stiff and it started to hurt like hell. It took a long time for the pharmacy to get the codeine prescription filled. When I finally got home and took it, it didn't send me into euphoric la la land like I was hoping. I was very much aware of the pain and discomfort. I wonder if I didn't take enough or if the pain would have been that much worse if I hadn't had it at all. To compound that, the anesthetic didn't wear off completely for about four hours, which made it difficult to swallow or to feel my lips/face. I tried eating yogurt and missed a couple of times. There are also may have been drool involved...

Every few hours I have to take a combination of codeine, aleve, and amoxicilan and am on a regiment of ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off to reduce the swelling, which is significant. I look like I have a fat suit on. There is also some green and purple bruising along my jaw line. Three times a day I also have to swish with salt water. I feel exhausted constantly having to keep my eye on the clock. Eating was also a bit of a challenge yesterday. I mostly drank broth, soup, yogurt, and blended eggs. Today I upgraded to heavily food processed chicken and carrots the consistancy of baby food. Mmm, that was good.

I haven't been able to do any writing since most of the day I have to hold ice to my face. No hands to type = no way I can write. Poo. It's also difficult because the pain comes and goes in waves. I'll have a good hour and then a not so good one. I think this mostly revolves around swelling.

A before and after picture for your amusement. *shudders*

                                                

A recent picture with the delightful sevendeadlyfun            And... chipmunk cheeks. Also, some very heavy circles under my eyes.

I'm hoping that things will be relatively back to normal by Monday, so that I can go back to work on Tuesday, but we'll have to play it by ear. *le sigh*  

 
 
 
 
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on November 15th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ouch! It even looks painful. Feel better soon, hon. *hugs*
ClawofCat: hugsclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks. *cuddles* Healing mommy vibes are much needed. I've sort of got a chuckle head Jay Leno look going on, too. Hm.
petzipellepingo: bugger that by noaluvjamespetzipellepingo on November 16th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Eeep! Now I'm really, really glad I have no wisdom teeth - ever. And when I had oral surgery back in the 1960s all I got was a shot of novocaine so your ordeal gave me the shudders.
ClawofCat: sister gazeclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
I think it could have been a good deal worse. Supposedly, days 1 and 2 are the hardest to get through, which means tomorrow things should be looking up!

Thankfully, mom and dad have been very diligent about making sure I'm comfortable and fed. Someone was with me at all times yesterday. It's good to feel loved :)
louise39: Buffy eyes wide openlouise39 on November 16th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
::pats hand:: [not the sore one.]

Trust you'll feel better soon. The ice is uncomfortable but it does help.
ClawofCat: buffy poutclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, honey. Actually, I don't have too many complains about the ice. It's annoying to have to hold it, but way better than the warm compresses. I didn't like those at all. They made my face swell even more!
Sevensevendeadlyfun on November 16th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Love to you and oh my goodness. Yeah you've inflated a bit around the jaw area. Plus, as a vain side note, that is not the most flattering picture ever taken of me. :P

Hope you feel better soon, sweetie!
ClawofCat: pondersclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Yes, yes! In need of love. *clings* I've been all grumpy and ouchy. I think I even look a bit like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka. Paint my face blue and stick me in a jump suit. I'd be perfect.

Plus, as a vain side note, that is not the most flattering picture ever taken of me.
But... but! It's the totem pole of awesome! *flails*
missus_grace: comfortmissus_grace on November 16th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I remember getting my impacted wisdom teeth out but it was nowhere near the experience you had. I did think I'd be able to drive but nooo! I'm glad Mom was along to get me home!

Getting teeth pulled is never fun. Here's hoping you'll have a swift recovery!
ClawofCat: crapclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
*cringe* I thought my experience was pretty standard. I'm guessing it was a bit worse? Were your pain medications effective?

I did think I'd be able to drive but nooo!
Yeah, one of the stipulations was that someone had to be there to drive you back home. You definately still feel a little woozy afterward. I could just imagine myself careening across the George Washington Bridge had I been the one driving ;)

Here's hoping you'll have a swift recovery!
Thanks! I mostly just want the swelling to go down. It makes my cheeks feel so tight. My jaw muscles have loosened up a little though. That's a relief. I'm having a lot of fun sitting about like a yokel with my mouth hanging open, lol.
(no subject) - missus_grace on November 16th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
Karenauntyk on November 16th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I know your pain and your imitation as a cabbage patch doll. My cheeks/jaws went out in all directions so the picture I have is a laugh-riot. The perm from the 80's doesn't help :)
ClawofCat: Seriously?clawofcat on November 16th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
LOL, I do look like a Cabbage Patch Doll. I always thought they were really scary looking, like something went a little off when they were developing.

My cheeks/jaws went out in all directions so the picture I have is a laugh-riot.
Perhaps I should start a "recuperation" pic meme. Check me out... at my worst!
M: Willow Tara strong like an amazonspankulert on November 16th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
OUCH! Hope it'll go down and you'll feel better soon.
ClawofCat: tara willowclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Aw, sweet Tara/Willow kissy face icon! *loves*

I hope the swelling goes down, too. It makes my cheeks feel very taught, like they're stuffed full of marshmellows or something.
mere ubu: spike: pookiemere_ubu on November 16th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Poor darling chipmunk baby! *clucks over you* Oral surgery is teh suck. I was awake when I had mine out, but they gave me a big dose of Valium about an hour beforehand; I remember hearing teeth break and thinking, "lalalala, whatever." *sends thanks to Valium gods* Your experience sounds very stressful. I hope the drugs and ice do their work quickly for you. You should feel much, much better by this time next week. Gentle hugs and milk shakes without straws to you.
ClawofCat: buffy poutclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
*snuggles* I'll always take the doting of mama Mere. I imagine myself as a little cat curled up in your lap, tail and paws tucked in tight so that I'm just a ball of fur. *purrs*

The last two nights since posting this I've gotten very little sleep. Only 3-4 hours. I just got switched onto Vicodin since the Codeine wasn't packing any punch at all. We'll see how that goes over. Swelling is better, but still very noticeable. Bruises are also dark. I'll probably work from home tomorrow, since I still look like the victim of domestic abuse.

milk shakes without straws to you
LOL. Yes! Dry socket is baaaad.
(no subject) - mere_ubu on November 20th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
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zygomat_smilezygomat_smile on November 16th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh, hun, OUCH!!
I sympathise with the IV; every time I try to give blood or have to get an IV, they have to poke me at least three times. And it usually bruises a lot. Codeine doesn't work for me either...Advil was my best friend after my surgery.
Keep icing, and I hope you start feeling better tomorrow!!
*snuggles gently*
zygomat_smilezygomat_smile on November 16th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Oh, and my bf says be thankful you were put under for the experience. He wasn't. So imagine all the stuff you're going through, PLUS being able to feel all the large needles in your mouth and yanking/cutting out your teeth. Maybe it'll make you feel a little better?
*more snuggles and slips you some morphine*
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ClawofCat: angel tearsclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Mraw... Still hurts, Tibi. But in that tingly, all the tissues are trying to heel and knit and get better type of way. Sort of a chronic burning sensation. The swelling is down, so I suspect things will be much improved by Wednesday.
eowyn_315: Oucheowyn_315 on November 16th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Wow, those ARE quite impressive chipmunk cheeks. This is why my wisdom teeth are staying firmly in place, thankyouverymuch. Though I've heard a ton of wisdom teeth stories from other people, and they run the gamut from "Oh, I hardly felt a thing, I was fine the next day" to "OMG I looked like a chipmunk for weeks, give me drugs!!!1!" Sounds like you were one of the unlucky ones. :( Hope you're feeling better soon!
ClawofCat: Spike breakmeclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
It's been rough sleeping the last two nights. I only got about 3-4 hours each night. I made up for the deficit today a little and slept until 2PM. I really needed it. They switched my drugs, too, so that might help. I just don't want to be totally zonked out, or it'll be impossible for me to write at all.
chrislee: 16candles2chrisleeoctaves on November 16th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
The only good things about having your wisdom teeth removed (if I recall- mine came out 25 odd years ago) - are the drugs and the weight loss (if you care about that, which I must have at the time *g*). Otherwise, it's a wholly unpleasant experience.
*hugs*
ClawofCat: freaking outclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
The only good things about having your wisdom teeth removed are the drugs and the weight loss.
Crap! And I'm missing out on both. The pain medication has been really ineffective for me. They just switched me to something else, which will hopefully make it easier to sleep. As for weight loss, that would be an awesome side effect, but the 'rents have diligently been keeping me fed.

I've been freaking out because I lost a few days trying to work on the iwry_marathon entry in recovery. So, so behind. I'll definately have something to you on Sunday though. I just don't know if it will be what I originally planned or a last minute freak-out fic as a place holder.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on November 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oy, poor you. I had quite a time with getting my wisdom teeth out too. Something painful called dry socket that lasted for a couple weeks afterwards. Make sure you don't get that. Feel better!
ClawofCat: ow my angstclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, still uncomfortable and hurting. I'm managing it alright, but recovery could have gone much more smoothly. They gave me fair warning about dry socket before surgery and I've been very careful not to poke or prod the clots. How did yours come dislodged? Suction from a straw?
(no subject) - herself_nyc on November 17th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Tam: girl wants prostatetamakin on November 16th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Nawwwwwwwwwwww picklepot! Thats horrific!! *huggles you gently* I reeeally hope the swelling goes down soon, n you can eat like a pro again.
ClawofCat: faith reflectionclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tam. Swelling is a wee bit better, but I still have some serious poofiness going on, plus bruising, like I picked a fight and lost.

BTW, I read your favorite manip post meme thingy. Very interesting. I am a geek for process, so I found it fascinating to know which you liked and what elements were hard/came out well. I'm glad Seven thought to tag you on it.
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Sotiassddgr on November 17th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
Ouch ouch ouch, honey! I had two of them taken out at the same time, and forgot about the stitches while the painkiller actually worked, so I chewed gum, which - guess what? - ripped them out.

Hope you feel better soon. Also, the chipmunk cheeks are adorable!

*hugs*
ClawofCat: cracked outclawofcat on November 17th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oooh, no! Ah! The gum ripped them out *cringe* Silly you! That must have hurt like heck.

Also, the chipmunk cheeks are adorable!
I haven't posted the pics, but my mom actually dressed me up as a cabbage patch dol and took pictures of me. *sigh* Yup, I always jump at an opportunity to make an ass of myself. What we do for entertainment around here... She put my hair in pigtails and I'm in a little pink dress with fake lettuce leaves ringing my neck. God.
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