- Posted September 13, 2012 by
Surprise at Dentist's Office
Today I had my 4th dental procedure with Dr. Tony Stringfellow. The doctor had planned on removing the bottom 5 center teeth and tooth stubs and save my back right wisdom tooth for next week. When I arrived at the office, the first words from the receptionist's lips were, "Mark, you are in trouble!"
Turns out that Dr. Stringfellow had been taking his time with my extractions, but to get the prior authorization from the state to get my new choppers, I had to have all my extractions completed today. In actuality, it was suppose to have been completed by last week with my first impression for the mold conducted today. I had no clue about the schedule and apparently neither did the doc.
So instead of the 5, I am now completely toothless. Plus in addition, the dentist found 2 more tooth stubs in the bottom that needed removed as well. The first 7 just popped right out with no effort and took less than a couple of minutes. My appointment was for 3:30 and I was in the chair. After the local anesthesia, doc started work on me about 4:10 p.m. I finally got out of the chair at 5:20 or so. That back wisdom tooth took over an hour to extract.
Get home with aches all over. I began chilling. Knew I had a fever. Last night I was feverish as well with lots of pain across the center of my back. After the night sweats, I woke up with the pain only in its usual place around my right rib cage, which my pulmonologist, Dr. Ajay Deshpande, told me was just part of life for me from now on.
Iohn had to run to Sullivan and pick up a few groceries. While he was gone the chilling got worse. I put on a jacket. Turned off the air conditioning. I continued to chill. I covered up with a blanket. Finally I sent Iohn to Dollar General to buy me a thermometer. Turns out I was running a high fever for me at 101.27 degrees. My normal temperature runs between 96 and 97 as it did the whole time I was in the hospital following my surgery.
The fever did finally start to go down awhile ago. But I am going to continue to monitor it through the night.
I can already feel the pain in my lower right mouth, primarily from that wisdom tooth. I have taken my pain pill and a couple of hours later ibuprofen. In another couple of hours I'll be taking another pain pill.
Prior to and during the procedures, Dr. Stringfellow has remarked about no infection in my mouth. It is the infection brought on by my genetic condition that was breaking away and destroying my teeth that my surgeon and pulmonologist blamed for the loss of the use of my right lung.
Tonight, in addition to the blood and the normal productivity from my coughs, I starting tasting that familiar taste of abcess or mouth/gum infection. I began spitting and coughing that out as well. Theaspiration of the infection was directly targeted as I said by medical doctors. Apparently, I believe, the infection has been bottled up under the gum in around the back wisdom tooth that the dentist had to cut away and eventually extract this afternoon.
For the past hour and a half, I haven't had the taste, nor have I spit any more up. Also since it stopped, the fever has broken. I still have the sharp pains in my right side, but as my doc told me, it's part of my life from now, though it may eventually subside.
Knowing the pain that is lurking around the corner in my mouth and the temperature that continues to fluctuate, if I seem a little absent from Inside My Mind or From the Cornfield or CNN's iReport for the next day or so...you will understand why. Also if you are not seeing any tweets from @k3vsDad on Twitter, you will know why.
From Mark's Den, moving back to my recliner and hoping the night is as pain-free as possible with dreams I will wake in good spirits come Friday morning. In the meantime...guess everyone will be calling me Ole Toothless...LOL.