I started this year off with a bang–on vacation in Minnesota and got sick as a dog on New Year’s Eve. Sick for over a week, yuck!! But, I got over it and was buzzing right along. Then…the dreaded toothache. Now, this tooth broke over Christmas holidays in 2012. I was afraid I’d have to have a root canal done right then, but my dentist just built it up with filling material, and off I went, glad that my wallet had not been emptied. Then, a couple of months ago, I noticed that the tooth would kind of flare up a bit, but I’d take some Ibuprofen, and all would be well. Until Monday evening. That horrible kind of toothache that makes your whole head pulsate with pain. Ibuprofen wouldn’t touch it at all. So, first thing Tuesday morning, I called my dentist’s office begging to be worked in. By 10:00, I was in the chair, in tears. Mind you, I haven’t cried at the dentist ever, that I can recall. But I had reached my pain threshold. My dentist numbed me up and started the root canal. Now, in the past, when I’ve had a root canal, it was actually a relief. Once it was over, the pain was gone, so I expected the same result. Not so much. When all the Novacaine finally wore off around 3:00 or so, I learned what the true meaning of pain is. OMG!!! I really didn’t think I was going to be able to tolerate it. I took one of the prescribed pain pills and a handful of Ibuprofen, but after 30 minutes, I was still wallowing in misery. Called my dentist back. He told me to take another pain pill, and that he would give me a prescription for something stronger. I got my friend to drive me to pick up the Rx, and by that time the second pain pill had kicked in and I was feeling much better. But I knew what to expect when it started wearing off, and I was right. This morning, when I first woke up, I thought I had turned the corner…wrong again!! I got in the shower, and before I could get the shampoo out of my hair, the pain was back with a vengence!!! Back on the phone with the dentist office, and this time I was in the chair by 8:30. Numbed again, some grinding was done, and got another Rx for pain meds and a steroid pack. Can I tell you how much I was dreading the numbness wearing off? And yet, when it did, AHHHHHH, thank GOD!!! Sore, but the toothache was gone!!! Hallelujah!!! I’ve been tentatively waiting for the pain to return, but so far, so good.
I’m really a very healthy person, so I am hoping that this will not be a sign of things to come in 2014. I really don’t want to remember ’14 as the year of being puny!!!
So, I had forgotten all about this entry, and just noticed that I had a draft. Read it, and, oh, did it take me back. The pain I was having after my root canal? Well, lo and behold, it was from the tooth right next door. I ended up having a root canal done on it a few days later. Once it was over, like magic, the pain was gone. Hallelujah!!! Just in time for my vacation to California!! Cut it really close, though.
Then, in November of ’14, I had the absolute worst UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) I’ve ever known. Peeing was a new experience in pain. It was like peeing blazing hot razor blades. Seriously. I never knew it could be that painful. Took two rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it. Man, I don’t EVER want another one.
Other than all these health issues, ’14 wasn’t really that bad. Took some fun trips, completed my first Whole30, and made it to 2015 none the worse for wear!!