Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Had my wisdom tooth surgery done yesterday. I don’t like the feeling of waiting before a surgery. It took me the longest time to have my breakfast because I had no appetite but knew that I had to eat something before the surgery. So I had a few grapes, an apple, bread and a cup of honey just before leaving the house.

Mr.Boyfriend took the day off to be with me but at the sight of him, tears started flowing down a bit. So much for trying so hard to be calm and collected before that. Haha.

The doctor told me of the risk and complication involved. Risk of nerve damage that would cause the lip to be numb permanently. He also told me he won’t know the exact location of the nerve until he goes it and open up the area. Depending on how the nerve entangles the tooth, he may remove the whole tooth or leave a portion of the root inside.

My face was covered with a piece of cloth, leaving only the mouth area exposed. Was given anaesthetic for the tooth, gum and jaw, which surprisingly wasn’t painful. After that, there were lots of noises.  My tooth was cut several times with what seemed like an electric saw. Couldn’t see so can only imagine. More cutting and more pulling and towards the end I started to feel some pain.

I was given a gauze to bite on and 2 kinds of painkillers in case I react to any of it. Voren and Tramal. One may cause gastric, the other may cause vomit. I do not wish any of those symptoms to happen to me.  I went home after 40 minutes. Relieved myself with cold pack while I waited for the painkiller to take effect and it lasted till around dinner. It hurt a lot when I was sleeping at night even though I had already popped in a painkiller around 9:30pm. Depended on the cold pack again but it didn’t seem to work but somehow I felt asleep after that.

Today I’ve not taken any painkillers yet. I hope I don’t need to take them if I can. Never really like taking painkillers unless I absolutely have to. The nurse called too to ask about my situation. How nice and thoughtful!

I will be on soft diet till I don’t feel anymore tinge of pain/swelling. Hopefully in a week’s time where I’ll meet my oral surgeon again for my follow-up appointment. My doctor is good and I’m glad I went to see him. He made the whole procedure as painless as he could.

Second Opinion

Wasn’t very happy with the dentist today. Found out I was given a different set of anti-inflammatory pills as originally intended. She claimed it was the nurse’s fault but I’m not sure. What I didn’t like was that she wasn’t able to give me a clear picture of what she can do with my bottom wisdom tooth that is the one causing the pain. She suggested removing the top wisdom tooth and see how it goes.

Went to see a doctor too as I was having flu and cough on top of the wisdom tooth that gave me problems. The nurse working there knew I just came back from visiting the dentist and asked which dentist I went to. She told me she doesn’t like the one I saw. Haha.

Anyway I came home feeling not convinced and assured so I thought of seeking a second opinion with another oral surgeon. He was so confident and said he could remove the tooth for me there and then. There’s no need to remove the top one but just the bottom. I felt better though still feeling scared. I’ll be scheduling an appointment with him soon. Another x-ray to be redone as the one I have wasn’t clear and detailed enough to show the location of the nerves.

Now I got make sure my cough and flu are completely healed. Too much self-thinking done today. Time for bed.

Wisdom Tooth is Back to Haunt Me

I started having sore gums after lunch yesterday but brushed it off as maybe just food particles that could have been stuck in a deep pocket between the gum and my last lower tooth. It has happened before probably 1.5 or 2 years ago but because the pain finally subsided so I just thought not to mess with it if it’s no longer painful.

Last night I woke up to some unbearable pain. I just couldn’t get back to sleep. Swallowing saliva was so very painful. I frowned each time I did that. There was nothing that I could do except to wait for morning to come and to hope I’ll get a slot of time at the dental clinic.

Managed to get a walk-in slot with a new dentist because my dentist is always fully booked. The nurse was kind enough to let me in at 11:45am instead of 5:15pm which she originally suggested.

The dentist joked about me looking cute with my lop-sided face. Yup, my left side of the face was indeed swollen and I have trouble closing mouth fully as doing that would have the upper molar tooth diving straight into my painful swollen gum.

She even reminded me its unfortunate that I’m getting this on International Women Day. I wasn’t spontaneous enough to counter her jokes, I could only respond with a smile because when you have a pain like that, usually you’re not really in the mood.

Had my X-Ray done and there’s a hidden wisdom tooth lying beneath my gum. I need to go on soft diet for 2 weeks. No nuts or Pringles. I can take meat but it must be sliced into tiny pieces.

I may need to have my wisdom tooth removed. Top and bottom. I really don’t like the idea of it. The last time I had my wisdom tooth surgery, I survived on porridge for 2 months and it took a few days for the bleeding and oozing to stop.

I’ll be dropping by the dentist again on Monday once the swelling subsides a little for the dentist to advise on what is to be done next.

Oh my teeth, whyyousolikethat?

P/S: And not forgetting my encounter with a cockroach when I headed to the bathroom to check on my teeth around 3am. Killed it.

The Intrusion

Browsing Facebook of late hasn’t been a very pleasing experience for me. It has turned into a platform filled with political news and reports of crimes happening around us. From a platform to connect with friends, it has evolved into something more complex which also acts as a marketing, branding and advertising tool, a platform to complain very openly and critically, a platform to voice opinions freely and a news portal of all sorts. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re reading in Facebook is right or wrong and it is easy to believe in it blindly, especially so when people start typing and sending out rumours that cause more harm than good.  More often than not, you don’t actually get to choose what you would like to read because whatever that is showing in your News Feed at the point of time that you’re browsing Facebook will just be about whatever you’re “forced” to read or glance through.

I was very much saddened as I was reading the news this morning and I missed a junction even though I’ve been taking the same route to work for a few years now. My heart feels very heavy of the fighting that is going on in Sabah. It is hard not to feel affected even though I’m not physically there now. After all I grew up in that lovely place and can only imagine the tension and panic the people are going through.

I’ve been very engrossed with reading the news. The actual facts. The history. Stupid comments on Facebook and news site from irresponsible and shallow-minded people who don’t really think very much before posting and jumping into conclusions. A lot of bickering too but not all are bad as I’ve also come across some very good articles and viewpoints that analyze the situation. It just shows how our nation reaction to the intrusion in Lahad Datu, the good, bad and the ugly.

A colleague even joked about the possibility of me losing the status of a Sabahan and becoming a Filipino. He’s not entirely wrong but I do not want to think that far. I just hope things will be resolved soon and we can lead peaceful lives again. My parents are saying the condition is safe as of now but there’s no doubt that I’m still worried and very cautious and am keeping myself updated with the news. I’m looking into having them coming over to KL temporarily until the situation gets back to normal. I don’t think it’s going to be resolved easily or immediately. These are deep issues that have long existed and there are some things that are irreversible and indeed Sabah would not be the same anymore.

I pray for the safety of my parents, friends and all Sabahans, as well as security forces protecting our country.