12 of 12, January 2016 edition

The 12 of 12 Challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up by a number of random bloggers who linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 Challenge in December 2011, but passed the torch to someone who [sadly] hasn’t been keeping up with it. I am giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby’s Blog as he is the one who initially inspired me to do the Challenge, and he still does.

This is my 49th “12 of 12.” A Tuesday. A day off. And a day I wasn’t looking forward to. Well, I was, but I wasn’t.

Backstory: On New Years Eve eve, I had a chunk of molar (#3) break off while eating–of all things–oatmeal. No dentists anywhere could get me in that day to extract it as most were on holiday. I called down the list in the phone book. Two different dentists were able to get me in–one that evening, and one the next morning–but as I found out while with them, neither of them extract teeth any longer. WTF? What the hell kind of dentist doesn’t extract teeth? Both of them wanted to refer me to oral surgeons to have it extracted. Seriously? What kind of shenanigans is this? Here I was in pain, and they don’t pull teeth.

The pain was manageable for the most part (my liver probably isn’t happy with that quantity of ibuprofen), so I more or less suffered up until this point. I was able to get in yesterday to see this dentist, and said he would/could pull it, but he wanted to start me on antibiotics first. So after a day of that, today was the day for the extraction.

Which didn’t go so well, so today’s pictures aren’t that… inspiring.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone 6.

9:40 AM: The antibiotic and ibuprofen the dentist prescribed for me. And my checklist to make sure I took them.
9:40 AM: The antibiotic and ibuprofen the dentist prescribed for me. And my checklist to make sure I took them.

10:47 AM: milli looking out of the front window into something either in the yard or down at the road.
10:47 AM: milli looking out of the front window into something either in the yard or down at the road.
11:35 AM: The Husbear outside playing with Luna and her tire rope. She will play with that thing until she's too tired to move. He's actually wearing his gym workout clothes, but decided to put a robe on instead of his jacket for whatever reason.
11:35 AM: The Husbear outside playing with Luna and her tire rope. She will play with that thing until she’s too tired to move. He’s actually wearing his gym workout clothes, but decided to put a robe on instead of his jacket for whatever reason.
1:00 PM: One of several food shows I liked to watch when we had DirecTV. I recently discovered the Food Network channel on our Roku. I can play catch up now.
1:00 PM: One of several food shows I liked to watch when we had DirecTV. I recently discovered the Food Network channel on our Roku. I can play catch up now.
1:03 PM: milli looking at whatever milli is looking at.
1:03 PM: milli looking at whatever milli is looking at.
1:50 PM: Waiting for the dentist. The Husbear had to drive me.
1:50 PM: Waiting for the dentist. The Husbear had to drive me.
2:06 PM: Instruments of torture, in sunlight.
2:06 PM: Instruments of torture, in sunlight.
2:40 PM: It's a gas. I paid extra for the gas. Because I DON'T like going to the dentist.
2:40 PM: It’s a gas. I paid extra for the gas. Because I DON’T like going to the dentist.
3:14 PM: So much blood. It took about 20 minutes for the molar to be extracted. After a bunch of yanking and tugging, it just wouldn't budge. So the dentist sliced it in thirds (I can still smell the burning bone) and yanked each piece. Of which some broke. And apparently some of my gum with it. If you think that bib is bloody, you should have seen all the instruments and gauze laying out.
3:14 PM: So much blood. It took about 20 minutes for the molar to be extracted. After a bunch of yanking and tugging, it just wouldn’t budge. So the dentist sliced it in thirds (I can still smell the burning bone) and yanked each piece. Of which some broke. And apparently some of my gum with it. If you think that bib is bloody, you should have seen all the instruments and gauze laying out.
3:44 PM: Luna watching the Husbear head up to the barn to feed the animals. Before we put that bench there for her, from the outside she looked like Kilroy.
3:44 PM: Luna watching the Husbear head up to the barn to feed the animals. Before we put that bench there for her, from the outside she looked like Kilroy.
4:11 PM: Luna kept sneaking closer and closer and closer to my mouth to smell. And lick. *gross*
4:11 PM: Luna kept sneaking closer and closer and closer to my mouth to smell. And lick. *gross*
5:08 PM: The molar hole. Which is still bleeding. A lot. And the gums don't look too happy either.
5:08 PM: The molar hole. Which is still bleeding. A lot. And the gums don’t look too happy either.
Baker's Dozen: 6:22 PM: milli and Luna sleeping on my legs. Which I can no longer feel at that point. milli is slowly letting Luna get closer to her.
Baker’s Dozen: 6:22 PM: milli and Luna sleeping on my legs. Which I can no longer feel at that point. milli is slowly letting Luna get closer to her.

I would have taken more pictures, but trust me, they’re just from me sitting on the couch…

Until next time...
Erik

16 thoughts on “12 of 12, January 2016 edition

  1. Ouch, give it time and you will feel better. Most dentists won’t touch wisdom teeth, too great of a likelihood that they are wedged in and have to be sectioned to be removed. I had my lower two done by an oral surgeon in Orlando, my jaw hurt for a month. As I recall both of them had to be sectioned (cut into pieces) I was out for most of the process – I regained consciousness as he was tying stitches.

    1. I had to have all four of my wisdom teeth sectioned out and removed while I was in college. That was a not so fun two weeks after.

      This was the first molar that was a removed, and unfortunately for me, it had to be sectioned as well. My roots apparently have hooks/spurs at the end that didn’t allow for a normal removal.

  2. Here’s hoping that you recuperate quickly with the least amount of pain. The procedure you went through sounds very painful. Surprisingly, I still have all 32 teeth with no problems. I must have quite the big mouth. 🙂

    1. Thank you. And it ended up being painful. More than I think it should have been.

      I have a cast on a shelf in my studio with all my original teeth. I’m not sure why I kept it, but it’ll come in handy one day. 😉

    1. I don’t know many people who like going to the dentist. I’m always reminded of the character in “The Little Shop of Horrors” when I think of one.

      And he is an okay thing to find in the yard. 😉

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