We coulda bought a small island with the amount we've spent
on dental care for me over the years. And I just keep rackin'
it up! Last Wednesday I went in for a crown and a filling.
Five-hundread-and-six-dollars later, they told me I just need
one more crown and then I'm done for awhile.
Except, not so fast.
My mouth was sore for a few days after, which is normal.
Then aching gave way to sharpe, excrutiating pain requiring
more and more Motrin. Monday and Tuesday were almost
unbearable. So, I went to the see the dentist again, thinking
I might have an infection where they'd worked. He said
what I was describing was an exposed nerve, but he wasn't
certain which tooth was giving me problems. So, he gave me
some Vicadin (sweet relief!) but suggested I let the Motrin
wear off completely before taking anything else so I might
be able to isolate the source of the discomfort. He said to push
down on each tooth with my fingertip.
I did --
I found the culprit!
It wasn't either of the ones they worked on Wednesday but
another one altogether.
With the help of 5 Motrin, 2 Vicadin and the first glass
of wine I've had in weeks, I got pretty comfortable
Today, they squeezed me in for an emergency root canal
(cha-ching!) and the pressure and pain is GONE.
I am so thankful for
and my understanding husband.
Today wasn't bad at all.
There's the silver lining I was looking for!