Monday, March 25, 2019


We took Meego back to school yesterday after his spring break.  As per usual, we took a little stroll around campus to stretch our legs before heading back home.  It was a nice evening, the ducks were out flapping and quacking, students were pedaling around on bicycles or recreating out on the various fields.

I was feeling reminiscent about the good old days of college and enjoying the campus scenery.  Then we walked into the student center, and I spotted a few students hunkered over notes and laptops, toiling over homework.  Reminiscent feelings gone.  *POOF*.  I remembered why I was glad to be finished.

This morning was more schooling.  I went in for my dental surgery to take care of that errant tooth.  Remember?  A couple weeks ago when I whined about it almost daily?

I first want to give a shout out to Pearl.  When I first whined on the blog that I had an old root canaled tooth that came back for a sequel, many, including myself, were surprised that root canals don't last forever.

Pearl, who as far as I know hadn't visited or commented here before or since, spoke the truth as it had happened to her:  "A trip to the oral surgeon where he cut open the gum in the area and cleaned out the infection soon had me feeling better. "

And I was all, "cut open the gum, what??"

I've learned that's typically how these things are treated, and when the endodontist told me that's what he wanted to do, I was not all, "cut open the gum, what??" because I'd heard it here first from Pearl.  So Pearl, if you're out there, thanks for filling me in!!

My dentist did prescribe me some antibiotics to quell the infection, so the tooth only throbbed for a couple of days while I waited for my surgery this morning.  As far as I know, everything went as planned and now I sit in a bit of swollen aftemath.

The procedure is called an apicoectomy, and an extra layer of interestingness was added because a dental school intern joined us to observe me being ripped apart, cleaned up, and restitched together.  As such, the surgeon was explaining everything he was doing, while I lay there like a med school cadaver.

Wanna see my stitches?  Too bad if "no".

There, I've done my part for the advancement of science today.  What's on Netflix?


LL Cool Joe said...

My partner had that in the States. I'm not sure they do it that way here in the Uk yet, I'm glad to say! I got told off by a follower for showing my teeth on my blog. Like I'd shown a naked photo of something! Haha.

Linda Hensley said...

I hope you feel better soon and never have another problem with that tooth!

Pearl said...

I'm glad I could help by at least giving a warning. The procedure is not too bad and you should be feeling better very soon.

I'm a long time reader without a lot to say. :-)

Annsterw said...

LOL! So glad Pearl clued you in ahead of time! That woudl have been a scare if you heard it the first time sitting at the oral surgeons!! UGH! Hope you heal quickly!!! Annster's Domain

Abby said...

Joey, teeth and gums is as naked as it's gonna get around here!

Linda, thanks. Me too!

Pearl, you're an angel! Seriously, when the doc was explaining the surgery, I was totally calm from being so in-the-know and thinking, "that's JUST what Pearl explained!" Thanks for stopping by, speak up anytime :)

Ann, right? It would have been ghastly to hear that first from a doctor, but since a blogger explained it - it's all good!

Riot Kitty said...

OUCH! You're a tough cookie and you deserve to show your stitches. One root canal doesn't last forever? I'd be cursing for years.

Abby said...

RK, I think I'm glad I didn't know about the non-foreverness of the root canal when I got the root canal. Ignorance is bliss.

Peggy, they numbed me up SO GOOD. Even offered laughing gas if I wanted it, but I was afraid I'd say something inappropriate while high, so declined 😳.
But yeah, nothing's forever. We did start watching After Life. Sad/funny!

Abby said...

Peggy, I don't know what happened to your comment! but thanks :)

Chatty Crone said...

Very interesting and I have put it in my memory banks - I have one tooth a little sore right now. Are you saying instead of a root canal they can do a surgery - is it more expensive or less? I don't want a root canal.

Abby said...

Chatty, from what I understand, apicoectomies are done only after the same tooth has had a previous root canal. I'm guessing the root canal is cheaper? My root canal was done by a general dentist several years ago, but I had to see a specialist for this surgery. If I were you, I'd ask the dentist about your bothersome tooth at your next checkup or sooner. Good luck!

Ginny said...

I do not miss all the college homework. I remind myself of that when I think back to the college days.

Feel better! I really like the OA Netflix. Season 2 just came out. It's a little odd but very interesting and keeps you on your toes trying to understand what's going on.

Abby said...

Ginny, yep, one glimpse of those college kids doing homework took me back.
We watched the first season of OA and liked it. Didn't know there was a season 2, we'll check it out, thanks!