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The removal

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So, as I mentioned briefly, I went to the dentist Wednesday afternoon. I was expecting to have them check my teeth, maybe clean them, and then schedule another appointment for any work that needed to be done. Nope!

I went in and they took about 20 x-rays of my mouth. No exaggeration. Then the dentist came in and poked around my teeth and told his assistant which teeth needed what. I lost count, but I think I had around 10 cavities. This was no surprise to me. Then, he tells me I should have had my wisdom teeth out and asks if I want him to do that. I said yes.

So, he gave me 6 shots in my gums and leaves me for a few minutes to let it work its magic. I was freezing. I forgot how medical offices are always freezing and I was wearing a strapless summer dress. I don’t know if it was the cold, the nerves, the meds, or some combination of these (or something else) but I was shaking the entire 3-hour appointment.

When he came back, the dentist drilled out my cavities. I had to get 2 more shots partway through because the stuff they were injecting wasn’t working like it’s supposed to. After he finished, his assistant did my fillings. When she finished, the dentist came back and cleaned my teeth. believe it or not, that was the most painful part of the whole appointment. After the cleaning, I got 6 more shots and he proceeded to pull out my wisdom teeth.

That, crazily enough, was the least painful part of the whole appointment. However, the sounds were horrible. It sounded like they were breaking my bones. When he was finished removing all four wisdom teeth, I was released to the bathroom to wash up. I had blood all over my face and neck. Lovely.

So, what I had thought would be a 30 minute appointment turned into 180 minutes, 10 fillings, 1 cleaning, and 4 extractions.

While I wasn’t expecting that, I’m glad to have it done and over with. I’m glad I don’t need to go back for six months and that they didn’t have to pull all my teeth out. I’m glad the only teeth that needed pulled were my wisdom teeth.

The dentist said that after I heal, having my wisdom teeth gone should help with the earaches and migraines.

On Wednesday, I didn’t eat before going in and I couldn’t eat after, so I didn’t have any food on Wednesday. Yesterday, I was allowed broth and tea. I had a couple cups of broth throughout the day. Today, I could have soft foods/liquids, so I had some soup and applesauce.

I haven’t slept well in the last couple nights. I keep waking in extreme pain. Also, my whole body seemed to not handle the appointment/extraction well and I’ve been achier and more fatigued than normal. I wonder if that’s a Fibro thing.

Tomorrow is still soft foods and liquids, and then it’s whatever I can tolerate. I do have to rinse my mouth with warm salt water every 6 hours. Woooh!

I haven’t worked out in the last couple days because of how miserable I’ve been, but I’m hoping to tomorrow. Somehow, even without eating for 2 days, I still gained weight. This is just ridiculous. So, I need to get back on track.

Wish me luck. I need a speedy recovery.

I am so not excited

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So, I did it. I finally worked up the courage to make a dentist appointment.

I have not seen a dentist since switching to bulimia many many years ago. I try to take good care of my teeth, but I know I have cavities. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if every tooth has one. I’m worried, I’m not going to lie.

I’m not worried about getting work done. And, generally, dentists don’t scare me. However, I’m afraid I’m going to go in and they’re going to be like, “Well, it looks like we’ll have to take out all your teeth.”

My appointment is Wednesday afternoon. I’m glad it’s soon so I don’t have it to “look forward to” for very long.