Valentines Day 2008

Throbbing sinuses
Drills screeching away
Constant vibration
Flying bits of tooth dust
Burnt scent wafting upwards

As mentioned previously, I broke a tooth. So I got to spend a good chunk of Valentines day in the dentist’s office getting a temporary crown installed, but for extra fun I woke up with a massive sinus headache. I refused to take anything for the headache before I went to the dentist as I didn’t want to risk any weird drug interaction issues with the anesthetic the dentist used on me. When I went in for my appointment and was taken past the waiting room, I noticed we were going towards a different part of the dentist’s office then I’d been in for my initial examination. I commented to that this must be the way to the punishment rooms. The dentist laughed but did not deny my allegation. I was setup in a chair, had some nasty mint numbing medication rubbed into my gums, given multiple injections of the anesthetic, watched the Colbert Report on a small LCD TV they had overhead; while they drilled, ground, scrapped and poked around in my mouth. When they were all done, I had three new fillings in my teeth as well as the temporary crown. All in all, it has to be the least romantic Valentines day I can remember.

I’d really like to end this post with a bright side, but I just can’t quite think of one at the moment. The closest I can come up with is I’ve learned my lesson and will be making regular visits to the dentist in the future. Hopefully those regular visits will allow me to avoid this sort of fun in the future.

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