Saturday, August 04, 2007

Why I hate the DENTIST

So, I started having some pain in one of my teeth back at the end of June. Well, I went to the dentist and he told me it was infected and that I was going to have to have a root canal. My regular dentist started it, but couldn't get the entire procedure finished, that I would have to go to a specialist. Well, the specialist, as they all seem, didn't have hours outside of work, so I kept postponing it since it wasn't really, really bothering me, and it was partially done. Well, I postponed it one too many times. Last weekend I was woken up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my tooth area, but obviously couldn't do anything about it until Monday. Well, Monday came and they day went on and the pain became insufferable. I had been able to get an appt. for Tuesday morn., but by 1pm I knew I couldn't wait that long. I called again, and they were able to get me in at 3pm. Well, it turns out that I had an infection in my tooth so severe that he talked hospital stay. Oy, what had I done to myself? His first recommendation was to extract te tooth immediately, but I was adamant about keeping it. Well, they let it "drain" over night, and Tuesday morning I went back in to have it looked at. They scheduled me for the following week for the root canal. Tuesday was a not so good day, but Wednesday wasn't too bad. Well, Thursday came and once again I was woken up in the middle of the night in agony.

After long and careful thought and discussion with other people, I decided that it would be best to "extract" the tooth, and that's exactly what the Oral Surgeon did yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. My mouth is swollen, the area where the tooth WAS hurts, and I feel uncomfortable. I just hope that this is the end of all of my issues. This is the last thing I need while just starting a new job. One is usually trying to show off, but all I seem to do is show off how problematic I can be, but I'm usually not and I don't know what to do. I can just hope that my boss sees it for what it is, and nothing more. I really am trying my best not to let any of this interfere with work, and unfortunately it has. The one thing though I must give credit to myself for is my commitment to my job. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and make sure that everything my boss needs is taken care of. I happened to luck out with this tooth problem as he was out of the country, and my counterpart was able to cover his phones for me while I was out. Although it doesn't help much with all the guilt I feel for letting myself get to this point.

I have to tell myself to leave the all the questions at the door because I am doing the best I can, and I try to give everything 150%, and I don't think anyone could ask for more.

So, from now on just call me Blue like the guy from "Old School".


Kerry said...

Tooth pain is the worst. I did the same thing a few years back but when the dentist said "root canal" I said "no thank you" right off the bat. I've heard so many horror stories about root canals that I was totally petrified of even trying. I had to take antibiotics for a week to kill the infection to make it safe for him to pull the tooth. The spot was tender for a week or so but after the pain I had been in it didn't seem like anything at all. I hope you're feeling better really soon!!! Use this is a good excuse to chill out and knit some. :-)

Knitting Mama said...

I hate the dentist too! Hope you feel better soon! I agree with Kerry - a great time to knit!

Paige said...

Root canal seems to strike more fear into people's hearts than. . .I don't know what. Good luck with your tooth issues--remember, they're permanent teeth for a reason.

Sue H said...

Don't be so hard on yourself my friend. Many, many people hate dentists and would have done much the same, me included. The only problem is, infection THAT close to the brain is best avoided wherever possible. I'm sure all will be well now and you'll be able to go back to giving 150% to your boss. Take care.