Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
The last day of the month and my root canal is DONE!!!!
What a long journey until this moment…my mouth is just FINALLY getting un-numb 🙂
First, last night at work was crazy busy. They say it was a full moon and I didn’t even have to look outside to know…everything was going wrong. The ER never slowed down, ICU filled up with a CERT call for hypotension, my “favorite” intensivist didn’t make a great impression on two interpreters whom HE ASKED for (basically he was wicked rude), a patient on the psych unit hit a staff member (very hard) in the head while I was right there (I’ll NEVER forget the sound that made…oh I was SO MAD at that patient and protective too), a 40 week 6 day pregnant woman came in to the birthing center after feeling no fetal movement for 24 hours … the baby was stillborn, the hospitalist was threatening to not admit any more patients even though there was still a three-hour wait time for people to get in to the main ER.
Needless to say I was SO glad to leave this morning.
Home for a quick “nap.” Bed by 9:15, sleeping by 9:30, up by 11:45 to take a shower and get ready for my 1:15 pm appointment. I didn’t sleep too well…I was too worried.
Thankfully Kimm drove me in 🙂
The endodontist was SO nice. She tested my tooth to see if I really needed a root canal. She did the tapping test, the bite down test, and then she did a cold test (placed an extremely cold q-tip next to the tooth and WOWZA did that hurt). She said I DEFINITELY needed a root canal…the pulp/nerve was badly damaged and needed to be scraped out. She also did x-rays that showed a bunch of calcified areas which she said indicated that the tooth had probably not been doing well for quite some time (even though I really didn’t have any symptoms until the filling was replaced).
And then she started. The worse part of course was getting the Novicaine. And of course I needed a lot of it. She kept saying that my tooth was “angry.” 🙂 When I was all numb up then the dental dam went on and she went to town filing away the calcifications and getting rid of the pulp/nerve. It took QUITE a while (about 2 and a half hours).
When I was done I was so numb I looked like I had had a stroke! Kimm was laughing SO HARD.
Again I was just so glad to be done with it and the endodontist was SO NICE. She even remembered Kimm and asked how her dad was.
Our big reward for the night after all that … pizza and ice cream!!!
My after care instructions are as follows:
~~ avoid eating on that side for a while
~~continue taking ibuprofen for the inflammation
~~ I should wait to get the permanent crown on until a few weeks (I’ll have to call tomorrow to reschedule)
That’s all I got for today. I’m SO exhausted right now. I can’t believe I slept less than two hours. Bed is going to feel SO GOOD tonight. I just wish I had more than one day off.