A little while back I went to the dentist for my normal 6 month cleaning. She took x-rays and told me I needed a root canal on one of my back molars. Huh? Nothing even hurt, but I figured she knew more than me seeing as she is the one with her hands in my mouth and I am the one in the chair grunting my responses to her questions about my children and how long we have lived in the area.
I was referred to a endo-something-or-other and went in for my root canal on Thursday. Now, if you remember, my tooth did not hurt at all... today I have a swollen face and throbbing pain in my jaw. I even paid them over $300 to put me in such pain! I apparently have the word "stupid" tattoo'd on my forehead.
I would have to say that there is nothing worse than tooth pain. If someone said to me, "I am either going to pull out your fingernails or give you a root canal" well I would take the fingernail extractions over throbbing intense pain in my face. Bring it on...
I don't look very attractive right now either. My face is swollen. I look like Mary Jo Buttafuco. I have decided to stay in the house until it goes away.
The best part of all of this is the medication that my endo-whatever prescribed to me. It has the side effects of belly pain, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Yippee!
I keep thinking about Tom Hanks in the movie "Cast Away" when he was on a deserted island and had a toothache so bad that he was driven to knocking it out of his head with a rock! The next thing you know I will be carrying around a volleyball and calling it "Wilson."
I have read the medication pamphlet over and over and no where does it say to avoid alcohol.
Thank God for small miracles.