It seems like just as I started this blog effort, I’ve been completely preoccupied with this tooth crisis! But I just wanted to write a quick note to you all to 1.) Thank you for your support and genuine interest in what I have to say about my life and my thoughts. I really feel that we’ve built a strong foundation to begin raising awareness and creating a more supportive world. I am indescribably happy with the feedback and support I’ve gotten from all of you. : )
2.) Let you know that my blog’s tooth hiatus will have to continue a bit longer.
This morning I ended up having an emergency surgery. The swelling was getting bigger every day, and by the time I got to the surgeon the lump on my jaw was the size of a tangerine. We removed the infection from the tooth about four days ago, but it had already spread and didn’t get better. It reached a point where my windpipe was being compromised, and it was becoming a life-threatening situation. The surgeon hypothesized that my wisdom tooth could also be infected and contributing to the swelling, but it was still embedded in the gums, so it had to be surgically removed. He also made a small incision to drain some of the fluid so medicine could reach it. Since my dentist had already drained a lot four days earlier, he expected to not drain very much.
When I woke up, I found out we were wrong. There was too much fluid to drain surgically, so I have a tube coming out of my cheek to continue draining over the weekend. It was a pretty traumatic thing to wake up to. But over the weekend I’ll be staying with my parents, and I’ll go back in on Monday to have the tube removed. This morning was really awful, I was in a lot of pain and crying uncontrollably. I have yet another new line up of prescriptions, and this time I have some reeeeally good pain killers and steroids for the swelling, and by noon I was already feeling worlds better.
Right now, we’re all pretty sure that in a few days I’ll make a full recovery, but we’ve thought that a few times now, so who knows what’ll happen next? But I’m grateful to have so many supportive friends and hey, I can’t complain too much about getting to spend the day in bed watching my favorite movies or listening to my sweet hubby read to me.
So I have every intention of continuing to post as much as I can, but there may be a bit of a hiatus while I rest up. But just remember – weather you’re healthy, invisibly ill, or REALLY visibly ill like I am at the moment…
Life is always good. : )