A Brush With Death

One walnut-sized lump two weeks ago

This is me when I started looking sick. I had a toothache and a lump on my face. My little sister said I should take a picture so I could laugh about it when I got better. I’m glad I did, because my little lump turned into a pretty big adventure.

One tangerine sized lump two weeks later

Yeah…I look ridiculous. But I didn’t know that a tooth infection could get so bad that it could kill an otherwise healthy young girl. I thought I should write a bit about it, so that if anyone is googling about a bad toothache or facial swelling, they could go get help. I mean look at me! I look silly, but I don’t look like someone who’s life is in danger…

But I was. See, when your face starts swelling up because of an infected tooth, the fluid needs a place to go. It can’t stretch your tooth, so the pressure builds up in your neck. Your neck just happens to also be your body’s source of air and food. So if you have a toothache or any swelling, treat it like an emergency. It may seem like going to work or class is more important, but it’s not! Your health has got to come first!

As someone who suffers from a chronic pain condition, I tend to ignore being sick. I go to work and class even if I don’t feel well. That’s kind of necessary when you’re sick all the time – but it’s actually a TERRIBLE habit! You should never ignore your body when it’s telling you something’s wrong. I think people with invisible, chronic illness are the most susceptible to emergencies like this. We get too used to being sick or hurting, so we ignore it. Heck, I have a plastic tube coming out of my face right now and I’m still guilt-tripping myself about missing work!

Anyway, if you’re here because your tooth hurts and you want to know if it’s serious, IT IS. IT REALLY IS. Even if it might not be serious, please don’t risk it. In fact, that goes for any symptom you ever feel the need to google. Your body’s all you got! Take care of it.

We – yes, you and I, readers, we are going to do big important things. I don’t know what all just yet. I have ideas… but just for now, here’s what we’re going to do:

1.) We’re going to love the crap out everyone we know. Like, if a friend calls and you’re kind of busy, just answer. Just say hi, you have time to say hi, okay?

2.) We’re going to take care of ourselves, eat right, and be well. We will NOT ignore being sick.

I said I’d be on hiatus but this is too important. While I’m recovering, though, I need your help! You guys can keep this movement going strong. Share the blog, share the message! Hit follow, like us on facebook! It’s little things now, but they’re going to add up to big things. I’ve got work to do. If I didn’t, I would have retired from a perfectly happy life this weekend. So let’s work together on this. Let’s take care of each other. As sick as I look, I know many of you feel just as bad but no one sees it. Speak up for each other!

And take care. : )

14 thoughts on “A Brush With Death

  1. Wow, Rachel, I’m really impressed that you’ve kept up with your blogging through all of this. I really hope you’re feeling 100% better soon!

  2. Glad to see you got help! Even if you do “look silly.” It won’t last forever and as you so correctly put it, at least you don’t look like a girl whose life is in danger. Glad you’re planning to stick around a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

    While my conditions have fortunately not been chronic, I certainly understand the crazy-making experience of being ill in a way that is invisible to others. I commend you for spreading awareness. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thanks very much for the kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad to be sticking around, and I hope I can make a difference for it. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Everyone should check out this lady’s fantastic blog! Especially my readers with Endo, like myself. I can def relate to the things she so courageously writes about. I’m currently working up the courage to share more about my personal illness like she does. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I did the same a few weeks ago. Didn’t listen to my intuition or my Hubby’s advice. I made it through the crisis…luckily, but it could have been worse. WHY do we do this to ourselves? I am going to share this on facebook!

      2. Thanks very much for the share! I am so facebook obsessed lol. But yes, it’s unfortunate that we do this to ourselves. In my case, I just kept thinking “it’s ONLY a tooth!” Because my dentist never said “BRUSH OR DIE!” to me, I always figured dental health was sort of optional….. NOPE. Learning…

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