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I went to THREE dentists today! I started with my regular dentist for a tooth that was very painful to the touch and forget about eating on that side. I was pretty sure I had an infection. She took an x-ray and said it didn’t look like an infection but it could need a root canal, or maybe it’s a gum/bone problem. “It’s hard to say.” Meantime, I’m in pain but don’t like to take medication. So she called the root canal guy who agreed to see me right away. I asked if I should take my x-ray with me and she said, “I already emailed it to him.” Wow. The last time I needed dental work, they clipped my x-ray to a lighted screen and it was the size of a postage stamp. I headed for dentist #2 who took some kind of 180 scan photo and then started poking around but I was in pain so he offered to numb the area. I made the mistake of opening my eyes and seeing the needle before it went in. I’ll never do that again! He numbed the area (so he said) and then started shoving a sharp metal ice pick into my gums. Okay, it may have been a thin dental probe but com’on! I could still feel it! It must have been two feet long! What’s the point of that anyway? Then I asked if I could rinse….. and I saw blood!!!

“You don’t need a root canal,” he said, “but you have to see the gum guy.” He didn’t call him the gum guy but I left and headed for the third dentist. On the way, the numbing stopped working and now came some serious pain, from the damage done by the ice pick. When I got to the third office, I was in severe pain. I must have looked bad because they gave me 4 Advil and 2 Tylenol all at once. With no food. Before the pills kicked in, I was in chair #3 and out came the ice pick again. He started with the poking and the prodding and I pushed his hand away. “Can you give me some topical stuff for pain before you go mining in there?” He offered another numbing by needle and much as I hate needles, it was a relief. Go for it. It can’t hurt any more than this pain I’m having now. So I got another injection (so it seemed) until the prod came out. Maybe they should wait a little longer for the numbing to work – just a thought. There was more sharp, jolting pain and when he was done he said, “You don’t need gum surgery. There may be a crack in the root but it’s hard to say.” He suggested I have the infection cleaned out for starters and see if it heals up on its own. I’m going back Thursday.

Finally, I was able to drive home.  The pills kicked it and the pain was gone… but I was high! With no food, the pills made me dizzy and I was afraid I’d get a DUI. So I pulled over, found some almonds in my purse and ate them, on my good side, the side that wasn’t numb.  My bad side was still numb but I managed to get home and couldn’t wait to have some green tea and relax.  I made a cup of tea, sat down, sipped my tea, and it all spilled down my face and onto my clothes. I guess you’re supposed to wait for the numbness to be gone. Who cares? I think I’m still high.

12 Responses

  1. Kathy Reynolds says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I hope you are doing well and able to reap the joy of the incredible work you have done and the smiles you have provided. I hope your beautiful smile continues – not only from the cosmetic aspect (I have a fantastic dentist if you need one), but from the depths of your soul. Thank you for giving our school the honor of your generosity.

  2. sue says:

    Man! three different dentists in the same day?!? You must have connections! 😉 🙂
    I hope you feel better soon JJ, there is nothing worse than tooth aches and back aches!!!

    Take Care,

  3. Sistie Ugler says:

    Omg. That same day I had a dream about spears falling from trees aiming for my head, I was going crazy trying to dodge them. I kept calling for my sister to help me, but she was busy. Getting her feet kissed. I woke up in a sweat. What a nightmare!

  4. Dana says:

    JJ, dental work is never fun. Grant hates dentists and has some horrible stories from dental work in S. Africa. Always make sure they numb you up good, and test to see if you are ready before they go in with the “prod.” Thinking of you high makes me laugh! Hope you begin to feel better.

  5. Kathy says:

    Man I feel for you and would have paid to see you drink your tea! But considering I had a cup of coffee resting on my chest during a coughing fit I probably know what you looked like!! Feel better soon…

    larry….you scare me….kissing someone’s feet is kinda creepy!


  6. Becky says:

    Oh my gosh, Jenny!!! I am petrified of the dentist, but I go anyway. I am SO sorry you are going thru all this!! I always say there is nothing more painful than a toothache or earache!! I hope you feel better soon WITHOUT having to go back to one of the (3) dentists.


  7. MARTY says:

    When I was 21 I had all four of my wisdom teeth taken out in one shot and I had a few root canals done and I went through 2 years of braces so there.

  8. Rhonda says:

    Aw Jenny, not a tooth/gum problem again like you had with the popcorn, but this time seems more painful for you. It make me sad to know you’re not feeling well. Hopefully they can fix the problem Thursday. I’m sorry you spilled tea not realizing you were still numb. I wish you could’ve at least been able to enjoy your tea and relax after all you went through at the dentist. I’m sad 🙁
    I hope you feel better soon. Take care and please keep us updated Jenny…

  9. larry says:

    i would love to kiss your feet someday jenny

  10. Heather says:

    ohhhhhhhhh nooooooo!!!! I hope you feel better soon!

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