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Monday, August 20, 2012

Lost My Wisdom

As the title says, I have lost my wisdom....teeth! On July 31st I had surgery at 8am (too early to even function!) to remove impacted wisdom teeth. When we did x-rays it showed that I had only three wisdom teeth,  so I can say I'm not in complete pain but two of those were my bottom wisdom teeth with are the most annoying ones every! With top wisdom teeth there isn't really anything you need to watch out for, food can't really get stuck in the top but the bottom, if you have anything that has small things in it, will most likely end up in the hole where your wisdom tooth was. So something as simple as strawberries (whether it was yogurt, smoothie or an actual strawberry) was out of the diet till you were able to chew and clean out the holes properly!

When you first get them out, you will need protein and a lot of stuff that will help you heal faster. I had yogurt, yogurt fruit smoothies, pudding, vitamin water (different flavors!), jello, cream of chicken (blended with an immersion blender!) The day after around 9pm I was so wanting something that would fill me more and wasn't so sweet (who would of thought not wanting icecream!). I scoured the web to find some soft food recipes but a lot of them were things like tofu and at 9 o'clock at night, I was not going to go to the store to buy some tofu. Finally I found something so simple, that had me questioning why I didn't think of it before. Scrambled eggs! They will fill your stomach, make you happy and you could add just about any seasoning to it! But I'm just like my grandmother when it comes to making eggs, you only need eggs, milk, salt and pepper. It's so easy to just eat eggs because you don't really have to chew them and they go down easily.

The day of my surgery, I was anxious because I have never in my life been put under general anesthesia (or as my dentist called it Bahama Mama) but when they put in the IV I had no problems. I'm not scared of needles so that part did not hurt or bother me one bit. If anyone is scared of GA (general anesthesia) you don't really realise that you're asleep because it happens so fast but I am not a doctor or an anesthesiologist so I can't really say "Hey nothing will happen to you!". I was there one moment watching the dentist assistant put everything together, get the little tools ready and the next moment it was 8:30 and my cheeks were swollen like a chipmunk that was storing food for the winter. After I got my barrings a little, the dentist assistant help me walk out to the truck where my mom had pulled to the front, and we were off to get an orangesicle smoothie from Big Foot Java (note: I didn't use the straw I waited till I got home to drink the smoothie with a spoon because if you use straws, they could dislodge the blood clot that is forming)

So far everything has run smoothly, there has yet to be any problems just that my sleeping schedule is so off because when you take the pain medicine it causes drowsiness and you just fall asleep in a few minutes. If anyone is scared to get their wisdom teeth, I have to say my dentist did an awesome job, and the surgery went fine but I know that it's not like that with everyone else. Some people feel more pain than others and some people can barely open their mouths but eventually you will be able to open your jaw more just do little exercises every day to open your mouth just a little bit more each time.

It's been three weeks for me and I'm able to eat any type of food I want now, my jaw sometimes does hurt a little when I chew certain things like gum where you chew a lot because you are over working your jaw. I still have holes in my gums, and I do recommend asking your dentist for some syringes so you can rinse out your gums, either with a salt water solution or a solution that they prescribe you with (they got me one that is basically like a mouth wash, it's minty and the flavor does not bother me) because it kind of gets annoying feeling food stuck in your mouth.

I hope anyone who reads this and is scared to get it done will take this to heart and remember to buy the food before the surgery instead of right after (because sitting in a parking lot in a car needing to spit is not a fun feeling) and I hope to hear from you about your experience getting your wisdom teeth pulled!

With Swollen Cheeks Love,

Catherine Mae, The Dashing Chic

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