Before my lungs were filled with the so called, "laughing gas," I was completely unaware of the background music. However, it suddenly became foreground music in my altered state of awareness, and Olivia Newton- John was singing her heart out in that unforgettable number from "Grease," "Hopelessly Devoted to You." Now I was a big fan of "Grease" back in the day, but I never heard it quite like this. This was akin to watching the strobe light version of an act on stage. It had those peeks and valleys of sound and really gave the song a strange, twisted sound.
And I noticed I could hear the staff talking in other areas, and chattering about what they'd had for lunch, asking the Doctor what to do with a certain file, and such. These conversations were also delivered in the "strobe sound" mode. It was a little weird -- kind of like being able to hear everything that is completely meaningless and the strobe sensation giving odd emphasis to unimportant details. Still, it was interesting.
Having shared with the doctor my past experience with a tooth extraction (horrible) in which I permanently lost the feeling in my lower left part of my mouth, and sharing with him my historical problems with exogenous sources of epinephrine, I was "numbed up" with a product that did not contain the epinephrine. The flip side to that, I am told, is that its effect does not last as long, but it is what it is, and we proceeded.
I won't say it was the most painful experience I have endured...in certainly was not. I would hardly call it a walk in the park either. No, for an hour an a half there was pulling, drilling, cracking and other oral surgeon calisthenics.... until, after one last, "are we doing OK, sweetie," from the assistant, answered by my mumbled lies of assurance, the doctor announced his success.
And the assistant instructed me to, "breathe deeply" to get the oxygen into my lungs.
"I've spent the entire day extracting impacted wisdom teeth and THIS extraction was the most challenging," the doctor told me.
"Weely?" I garbled back.
"Yes, you are a big bone producer (figures!) and the roots were hooked at the end. All the roots came out successfully until the last one and that one made a hole in your sinus....I packed it with soft gel (whatever that is) so it will promote clotting...."
At this point I am seriously wondering what kind of pain I will endure during the next few days....
"Don't blow your nose for a week, sneeze through your mouth, and if you get a cold, take decongestants...but DON'T blow your nose..."
Geez, this is sounding like a lot of fun already....
"If you blow your nose it can make everything pop out and we will have to go back in there and clean it up..."
"I'm giving you a prescription for anti-biotic, because this could end up with a sinus infection...."
"Yes, is there any concern with my flying on Sunday?"
"No, that shouldn't be a problem..."
Sure, that's what they ALL say!
So, anyway, the doctor told me I'd been an excellent patient in a very difficult extraction and thanked me. I thanked him and, after waiting until my head had cleared from the nitrous, I was off to get my prescriptions filled. I finally arrived back home, fat little cheek, jaw clamped shut over the gauze, with jaw and sinus throbbing, four hours after leaving, pain-free, for my appointment.
I was greeted with a completed new window in the stairwell, and most of the new fruit trees planted. I helped Joe plant four more trees before it grew too dark to work outside.
|I "help" by taking photos.....|
I made us a little something to eat (my exciting diet of yogurt and pudding offered very little room for imagination) and we turned our focus to cleaning up the indoor construction mess left behind. We have another hour or so of work left on that one, so I guess I need to get off my "break" and help Joe with the clean-up!
|Trash, trash, everywhere trash|