Calling Occupants …

I thought that I had better get a post done here, lest I end up on another planet for a day or two, after Richard gets home from work today. He’s picking up a prescription for me that is bound to send me into outer space when I take it. Which is a feeling I hate and normally try to avoid, but a bit of “whee” today is going to be SOOOOO nice!

The molar I mentioned a few posts back had a bit more wrong with it than gum irritation from a popcorn “shard”. Good thing that happened, actually, as it sort of brought things to a head before a really nasty infection got going. Said tooth has had a question mark over it for a long time, so no great surprise that it eventually gave up the ghost, so to speak. Nothing more could be done to save it, so out it came yesterday. As usual, the local anaesthetic didn’t take all that well, but at that point I figured that it was better to just keep going than wait for more freezing to take hold. Not the dentist’s fault, by the way. My teeth don’t freeze easily anyway, plus an already very irritated nerve tends to reject freezing. Apart from that, though, it was all pretty routine. Surprisingly tough to get out, considering the bone loss around the tooth, but routine.

There is a problem, however, and a very painful one it is. Not only were the nerves to that particular tooth irritated, but so was the main branch of the facial nerve that services that side of the mouth in general. Add in the trauma of yanking the tooth out and it’s a very, very unhappy nerve web indeed. Normally, standard over the counter pain remedies are more than enough for post-extraction pain, but they’re not touching it this time. Every tooth in that side of my mouth is on edge, as is the jaw area in general. I’m not a wimp at all when it comes to pain tolerance, but this is a bit much. So, I called the dentist a short while ago, and being the lovely man that he is, a prescription will be ready for Richard to pick up on the way home from work. Phew! I’m sure that things would probably settle down in a day or two on their own, but it could be a long day or two without proper pain relief. In the meantime, the trick is to keep my nosy tongue over on the other side of my mouth. We all know that we’re not supposed to explore that newly acquired space in our mouth, but the tongue seems to have a mind of its own.

Oh, still on the health theme, there has been a change of opinion about my general diagnosis, which might account for the mouth and jaw pain problem now, actually. It’s all speculation at this point, as I won’t know for sure until I see the specialist at some point in the next few weeks. But the change in symptoms over the past several months now has the thoughts switching towards fibromyalgia. Fibro was dismissed in the early stages, so I never gave it much thought myself. But now that I’ve done some research over the past few days, light bulbs are flying on all over the place. Strange as this might sound, I’m actually hoping for the fibro diagnosis, rather than CFS. Yes, I see your jaws drop, fibro sufferers, but just hear me out for a second. Fibro is a life sentence, but it’s treatable. Sure, it’s a bit of a crap shoot finding the right treatment, but at least it’s possible to find the right combo to control the symptoms and live a normal life, more or less. CFS is just a great big question mark in all regards. So, treatable is sounding a heck of a lot better to me right now than just that huge question mark. I know that not everyone finds the magic formula for treating fibro, but most of the women I know in “real life” who have it are doing absolutely fine, and have been for many years.

The weather remains cold and miserable, but meh, what can you do? Our favourite weather man told us yesterday that there’s a system off the west coast right now, which will bring us spring in earnest by next week, so that’ll do. He’s such a treat in this age of highly dramatic weather forecasts. While others are doing the ” OH MY GOD IT’ S GOING TO SNOW TONIGHT AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWFUL AND IT’S APRIL SO THIS SHOULDN’T BE HAPPENING AND WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE CLIMATE AND OH MY GOD IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT”, our mate, Murray, at CBC Manitoba calmly says, “Yup, there’s a couple of centimetres of snow on the way folks, but it’s only early April and we live in Manitoba, right? Better weather is on its way for next week, so just be patient.” My kind of guy, for sure.

Now I’m going to shoot off and try to get caught up on some visiting, as well as responding to the comments you’ve so kindly left here for me. I’m getting a little edgy and cranky, though, as one does when in pain, so if I don’t get caught up today, I’ll try for tomorrow. Assuming, of course that I’m not too far out in some as yet undiscovered galaxy. But should I end up there, I’ll be sure to name stars after each of you. 😉

“Calling occupants of interplanetary craft …”

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