Sunday, August 21, 2011

The dreaded day has arrived

Tomorrow is quickly approaching, along with it, the dread.  At 12 noon I will be going under and getting all 4 wisdom teeth, plus one other molar, removed.  The sore gums/mouth is one thing, but I recently found out that  I have TMJ problems that have been causing my jaw to swell for the past 8 years.  And it's bound to make me feel way worse than normal :(

The only positive thing I can see coming out of this experience is that I may lose a few of those pesky extra pounds, haha!

In all seriousness, please pray for me if you think of it.  The last time I was under anesthesia was when I had my D&C, and it left me out of it for the rest of the day.  They had to give me something for the nausea, and I ended up sleeping in the hospital for the rest of the day.  And then not being able to eat real food for a while, I'm sure it isn't going to be fun.  Keith is home for Monday and Tuesday, but after that I'm on my own.

Have you had your wisdom teeth removed?  What was your experience?


Lindsey said...

I had my wisdom teeth removed a week after I got back from our 3 month Europe trip. I was in severe pain for the last week of our trip because of them, so they need to come out ASAP!

I got sedated for them, and it was a breeze. I remember him fiddling around in my mouth for what felt like 2 minutes, and then him saying I was done. I was shocked because I didn't think he had taken them out at all yet! It was too fast.

The recovery was pretty pain free. My jaw was sore for a few days, but my cheeks never swelled up at all!

You will always hear the horror stories, but there are good stories out there too! :) I will pray that everything will go smoothly for you!

Stacey said...

Thanks, Lindsey :) I keep hoping that I will have one of the "good" experiences. TMJ makes is so much more complicated though.

Carole Hiebert said...

I had all 4 out last year under IV sedation with an oral surgeon. IV sedation is the BEST thing ever! T3's managed the pain for the next week, no problem. It's all about the healing - no smoking(!) or drinking through a straw....the suction with suck out the blood clot. Do NOT want that! Rinse with salt water, but don't spit out, just let it run out (glamorous, yes?). Also, they should give you a little irrigation syringe. Use it religiously after any food, squirt water or saltwater (just make a big batch!) into those sockets - gets rid of debris.
All the best - I'll pray for you!

Renee said...

I had my wisdom teeth taken out a few years ago and I had virtually no problems. A bit of swelling but that was easily controlled by keeping a bag of frozen peas on my face 24/7. Literally. In all seriousness, I highly recommend it. I remember describing my discomfort to my dentist in a follow up exam that it felt like I was smiling lots and it ached a bit.
I'll say a prayer for you tomorrow.

Carmelle said...

I had all my wisdom teeth removed this past Spring. I was terrified beforehand also. I had an amazing oral surgeon in Winnipeg, under IV sedation, and the experience was seriously one million times better than what I expected. Praying you will experience peace.

Carmelle said...

And Stacey, about those pesky pounds -- I saw you at the reunion and you look absolutely great ;)

Andrea said...

Not fun...I will be thinking of you!! I have not had my wisdom teeth removed and dread the day that I'll have to!! But Jonathan got all 4 removed last year...he was fine - but just so you know those drugs knock you out for a good long while. He woke up, I picked him up...we went home, and he was completely out of it - tried to talk to me and write something on a paper that I couldn't read for the life of me! Within 10 mins. he fell asleep on the couch and slept for several hours despite noisy kids. :) Sooo, it's good that Keith can be there to help out! I hope it goes much easier than expected...I will be praying for a quick & easy recovery!!!

Jennifer said...

Still have my wisdom teeth-I need all of the smarts I can get!
In all seriousness, I will be praying for you tomorrow as well as the days following. It is great that Keith can be home for at least a few days.

Anonymous said...

Will pray it's not as bad as you thought, because of all the grace the surrounds you....I a off to mri for spine & back today, sew must be the day for medical..also have old home that needs new caretaker in PA and have been looking very hard fr new owners, as mine goes back to early 1860's.

Steph T said...

I had mine taken out when I was 17, so that was a long time ago. It was my first time being sedated, and I didn't like that feeling at all. The recovery wasn't so bad...but at 17, I'm sure I took it much better than I would now! About 2 months ago I had a cyst drained from my mouth. The surgery was actually more invasive than I imagined it was going to be. I wasn't looking forward to being sedated, but it was not bad at all. I didn't get nauseous (and I normally do). I actually psyched myself up by saying it would be good to have the sleep. When I got home I went straight to bed and slept it off. My face was bruised and swollen for a few days, but nothing that tylenol couldn't handle (I'm allergic to ibuprofen, but that probably would have been even better). With both surgeries, the stitches seemed to really "bug" me more than anything. I will be praying for you. I hope you recover very quickly! Rest all you can while your hubby is home.

Mrs. Stam said...

Hope the sugery went well and that you are back up on you feet.

Much love