Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How To Survive Losing Your Wisdom (Teeth)

A few weeks ago I had my first every surgery, first every anesthesia and lost all four of my wisdom teeth. Let me preface this by saying that I've heard stories from a lot of people ranging from eating pizza and shopping the next day to dry sockets and months of painful recovery. Unfortunately I fell somewhere in the middle.

All four of my teeth were impacted and a major nerve was totally exposed when they removed my tooth. It took me about 2 1/2 weeks to feel back to normal and even now, a month later I have some lingering side effects. I'm still using that gross little syringe to wash my mouth out and when I went to enjoy a juicy cheeseburger from Five Guys I had trouble opening my mouth wide enough to fit it in. Rough life, I know.

My sister had hers out yesterday and she didn't even get put under. What a champ! She's looking and feeling normal while I didn't eat solid foods for about 10 days!

Here are my tips for surviving losing all your wisdom (teeth)!

Stock up on entertainment- Netflix, baby, Netflix. I watched Parenthood, Hart of Dixie, Call the Midwife and a few movies.

Bathe at least semi-regularly- Common sense, right? On day 3 of recovery I decided to take a bath and the hot water felt so, so good for my body, soul and developing odor.

Ask a handsome young man to take care of you- I decided to go with my husband. Give him permission to take videos, you'll want to know what you said and did later. That being said, yes, I do have coming out of anesthesia videos. I was convinced we had gone snorkeling and then insisted I must have seen a fish tank, watched myself eat smoothie very methodically and deliberately and continually poked and named all of the numb areas of my face.

Buy soft foods and have some ideas before you go in - The last thing you'll want to be doing is trying to figure out what you can eat so have a plan. A few of my favorites were meal shakes, smoothies, sherbert, nightly milkshakes, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, jello, yogurt and pudding. ESPECIALLY pudding. I don't know why but man that stuff hit the spot!

Pro tip: Use a sundae spoon or maybe even a baby spoon. Seriously.

Have a comfy, cozy nest to hibernate in- 3 nests are even better! I rotated between my actual bed, our guest bed and the couch just for a change of pace and scenery. It helped me from becoming too stir-crazy.

Do what the doctor says! Rinse with salt water, ice and hot compresses, medicine, lots of sleep.

Selfies, everyday- Document those chipmunk cheeks! Be wise about who you send them to, you never know when that text or snapchat might come back to haunt you!
Trust me, in comparison, this is flattering. And those ice packs? Ziplocks, ice cubes, bandanas and a curtain tie, courtesy of the creative handsome hubby.
Have a friend to commiserate with. Find someone else who is sick so that you can be pathetic together. My sister Emily is serving in the Peace Corp in Africa and got sick the same week I was recovering. We were able to FaceTime and she cracked up at the size of my cheeks while I laughed at the red spots on her face. Maybe that only works with sisters? We also watched 2 episodes of New Girl on FaceTime together since she can't access most American websites that stream tv or movies.

You'll make it! Try and enjoy the time even if it hurts and you don't make it back to work when you thought you would or you start to go crazy from the time alone. It'll end, promise. Look on the bright side; endless hours of Netflixing with no guilt, milkshakes every day and you may even lose a few pounds from that liquid diet! And if you need to commiserate, I got your back.

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1 comment :

  1. Haha, I love this!
    I might have to get one out soon! Yikes.
    I'm pregnant, so I'm praying I have room for them to come in!
    But i'm so glad I have your tips, if they do have to come out! Haha.