My life has involved a lot of drinking and drugs lately.
I’ve been hitting ’em hard: smoothies, juice, protein shakes, ibuprofen, antibiotics, and soup. Lots and lots of soup.
I had my wisdom teeth removed on Thursday. I did just a local anesthetic. It wasn’t exactly a pleasant procedure–some moments were actually quite unpleasant–but I still don’t regret doing the local anesthetic, considering the price difference. Six hundred bucks for forty-five minutes of full anesthesia? Seriously?
The most alarming thing about the surgery (stop reading or skip ahead if you’re squeamish) was how much I bled. I was spitting straight blood out into the sink for like six hours after the surgery and didn’t completely stop bleeding for almost twenty-four hours.
It’s been a very quiet weekend since then. I watched a movie and some Downton Abbey and some Star Trek, read blogs, took a couple short walks and some long naps, etc. My roommate gave me rides to and from the procedure and looked after me for the first half a day, and then the Fuzzy Face came up Thursday night and stayed through Sunday. He even brought me flowers!
So thankful to have these awesome people to help me out when I need it!
I’ve been taking scores of pills. I already take a couple as part of my regular routine, and then I threw in ibuprofen, an antibiotic, and prescription pain killer on top. Plus, I’ve been using an antiseptic mouth wash several times a day. My kitchen table looks like a pharmacy!As you’d expect, I could only eat liquids and very soft foods at first. The surgeon advised me, though, to make sure I was continuing to eat plenty, and especially plenty of protein. These Odwalla protein shakes have totally hit the spot, especially right after the surgery!I’ve also been doing a lot of yogurt and smoothies. Scrambled eggs have worked well for breakfast.I was rather proud of myself for making a couple of homemade soups so that I could get my veggies in alongside the yogurt and protein shakes. This broccoli potato soup with pesto from Clean Eats, Fast Feets is really, really good. I’ll definitely be making it again. Pictured here alongside tuna salad for protein.I also made a cauliflower-cheese soup that I used to make a lot as an undergrad.For carbs, I mashed up what I thought was a sweet potato, until I peeled it and discovered it was a yam. Mashed with butter, of course!
V8’s also helped me get some veggies in. I didn’t used to like V8, but the low-sodium version is actually pretty tasty.As of me writing this (Sunday evening), I’m afraid I’m still having a lot of pain in one of the sockets. I’m a smidgen worried–planning to call the surgeon’s office and asked what they think.
In the meantime, I have been doing a little more with foods that actually require some chewing–still soft, though. I got a couple of frozen meals, including the Tandoor Kitchen palaak paneer and a Blake’s gluten-free chicken pot pie. Today I’ve also been feeling up for more activity. I can’t drive because I’ve still been taking the narcotic pain killer a couple times a day, but the Fuzzy Face took me on a couple errands in the afternoon. I redeemed a voucher for a free plant at a local greenhouse I won from doing the library summer reading program.Ain’t it cute?
I also felt safe enough to snack on some strawberries after we returned from our errands. It just now occurs to me the seeds might be an issue though. Hm.It was my roommate’s birthday, so we celebrated with ice cream at the local ice cream shop and walked around Old Town.
Now that the weekend’s over, I’m ready to return to life as usual. Living the invalid life on the couch gets old quick!
My overall assessment about having wisdom teeth removed: it’s not been the worst experience of my life, but I’m glad I never have to do it again.
Have you ever had your wisdom teeth removed? How long did it take you to recover?