I actually missed three days of work with this thing (fortunately, the place I work has an early-out list, and if the boss has enough extra people scheduled- which he usually does, as no-call no-shows are common and he likes to be prepared- it’s pretty easy to get the day off without getting a sick call on your record, so I only had to call off once). It hurt, it really hurt a lot. I couldn’t chew, swalloing was painful… I was generally miserable.
Thursday I went to an oral surgeon and had it removed. Under local anesthetic- I didn’t know in advance that this would require surgery, so I had eaten lunch that day. No nitrous- a lot of dentists won’t give it these days, because of the health risks involved, which can include miscarriage (like that’s going to be an issue for someone who hasn’t had sex in five years). Like it’s not my decision whether I want to take that risk… I really didn’t want to know what was going on, but, barring that, I really didn’t want to care.
So, I took my walkman along, pre loaded with some nice, relaxing new-agey music, and, while I was waiting for the Novocaine to kick in, I listened to it, breathed deeply, and went to my happy place. Then the dentist came back and tapped me on the arm and asked if I was numb. Once he ascertained that I was, in fact, numb, he propped my mouth open with a big plastic thing and went to work- and believe me, Dopers, when you’ve got a guy going medieval on your jaw with a drill, there is no finding your way back to your happy place.
The tooth came out in five pieces. I peeked under the cover of the tray he put them on and counted. I have stitches in my gum. Thursday night and all of yesterday, I was in a Lortab coma. Finally, this morning, I woke up and realized that, while still a bit sore, I was no longer in hellish pain, and laid off the Lortab. I’m actually healing up quite nicely- been dosing heavily with MSM- which a few years back rescued me from a career-threatening hand injury. I can even eat actual food now!
So, I’ll be back to work tonight, hopefully tokes will be good, I have a few days of lost wages to make up.