well of course… root canal. Can’t be a simple cavity could it? Gosh no, that would be too easy and cheap!
So the whole day has been a whirlwind for me. The minute I heard the words ‘root canal’ my body went into shock…I got that ‘flight’ feeling throughout my entire body. Fun times. I sat there thinking while the lady worked up my estimate, wondering if I could sneak out the back door and run to my car without anyone seeing me. No really, I did!
That feeling of complete overwhelmingness (yes, I know that’s not a word) took over, I started sweating, my legs and shoulders got stiff sitting in the comfy dentist chair. What do I do? I cannot go another day with this incredible pain. I can’t drink room temperature water without pain, I have to do this. I have no choice. I HATE not having choices. As she started to numb my mouth I asked about simply pulling it. Of course she had reasons that she didn’t want to do that, I’m sure there were $846 worth of reasons. UGH! Unemployed, barely insured, broke and in pain. Story of my life, I tell ya what!
I signed my life away today to make the pain go away. I have no idea where I’m going to come up with $746 more to finish the job, but she pulled out the nerve that she could get to. ‘If I can’t get to the rest next week you’ll have to see a specialist” yeah right! If she can’t get the rest next week, that little annoying painful tooth will no longer be existent.
So now I am completely exhausted from the rush of emotion, confusion, questioning and 2 hours of holding my mouth open, eyes closed, wondering why I simply didn’t run to my car when I first thought of the idea. Sipping tasteless chicken broth because I’m starving and hoping like hell that the pain doesn’t kick in when the numbness wears off. She gave me antibiotics for the infection and vicodin for the pain. I haven’t had a pain pill, other than Aleve, in over a year. If I have to break down and take one for a tooth, I’m not going to be a happy camper!
It just figures that the second day in a row that I feel FABULOUS, this has to happen. I suppose it could be worse, I could’ve already been in a flare…wait, is that worse? I think I’d much rather have already been in a flare than to know this caused a flare when I was feeling great. See…I’m already freaking out and I don’t even know what’s going to happen. Maybe all the Magnesium, B-12’s and Lysine I’ve been taking has made my body strong enough to fight this. Let’s hope.
On the upside, she says my headaches should be not so frequent now, the infection may have been the cause. YIPEE! OH and the other upside…the dentist AND her helper both knew about Fibro and were very attentive to fact that I have it and wanted to be sure that they did all they could to help avoid a flare (if there was really anything they COULD do) and even had a cool new contraption that goes in between your teeth to help keep your jaw from hurting from keeping it open so long! I thought that in itself was the best dental invention EVER!
So here’s to hoping the next week isn’t a huge flair, until I have to go back so she can dig around on me some more. OH, such is life!