My plan for today was to write about the new PC which is up and running.
Nope. Bigger fish to fry.
Today was my follow-up from last week’s journey into endodontics–Root Canal II.
I have been through this procedure before and yet I fooled myself into thinking this was some sort of “turn your head to the left and cough” type of event. Nope.
Dr. Cha had to open the tooth and head back in. Gas first (my sixties simulator) and then two injections.
If I could just relax as he did that!
Oh, who am I kidding. I tightened like a clam. My fingers and toes curled inward in an uncontrollable reflex.
When he went to inject me again I asked if, maybe, he could work with just those first two shots. Again, who am I kidding? By this time my gums were totally dead to the world and there was no additional discomfort.
Though going to the dentist is never fun (sorry guys) at least Bruce is good company. We talked about Korea and his family’s escape from the north. We talked about baseball. We talked about my teeth as I watched him work via the monitor on the ceiling. I like that he answers technical questions with technical answers. I am always curious–even about what’s happening to my teeth!
As I left the office I realized I had to work on-the-air. Parts of my mouth were immovable objects! I looked like a stroke victim. I could drink, but only if I was willing to wear the drink as it dribbled toward my chin.
I arrived at work and found Dr. Mel still there because of heavy rain and the chance for strong thunderstorms. He sat for some on-air teases until I began to feel the tingling that signifies the shots are wearing off.
After the first part of the root canal I needed ice for nearly a week. Hopefully this pain will be much more short lived.
In the meantime here’s to Advil and ice. They’re what keeps me going.