- 5:00am – omg ow ow ow ow
- 6:00am – ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
- 7:00am – ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz
- 8:00am – ow, ouch, ow ow ow
- 9:00am – ow, ow, ouch ouch, tablets
- 10:00am – ow, ouch, omg work tablets
- 11:00am – ahhhhh ouch ouch ahhhhh
- 12:00pm – hungry!
- 1:00pm – argh ouch ouch
- 2:00pm – tablets!
- 3:00pm – ah, finally, less ouchy
- 4:00pm – oh woozy
- 5:00pm – huh where am I?
- 6:00pm – huh who am I?
- 7:00pm – ahh, tablets.
- 8:00pm – wooooooooooooooozy
- 9:00pm – woooooozy
- 10:00pm (prediction) – more woozy
- 11:00pm (prediction) – ouch, ah tablets
- 12:00am (prediction) – bed ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
Early start, 7:15 out of bed and 8am out of the house to get to the medical centre for my eye checkup. I’d added 15 minutes contingency to the travel time in case traffic was bad, but it was ok so we were about 15 minutes early – which was ok because I want in as soon as I arrived essentially.
The eye drops sting, really sting. On a pain scale of 1 to 10 it’s nothing like a real injury or actual pain, but at 8:45am it’s enough to ruin your whole day. Twenty minutes later and the whole world looks like it’s made of White. Photo’s done, I don’t get the results for four weeks or so, and even then I just get a vague ‘yeh ok’ or ‘hmm start worrying’.
The real good news for today (and this shows you how exciting today has been) is that we’ve found LED GU10 sized spot lights which fit into the kitchen sockets. They have a 30,000 hour lifetime (vs the 1500 hours for the halogens) and are much lower energy. We’ll need more than a couple to actually light the kitchen but I just got one pack initially, so we’ll be going back for some more. This is really good news, it’ll reduce our electricity bill and hugely reduce the ongoing cost of bulbs, plus it means in the short to medium term I don’t have to replace those fittings. B&Q also do reflecting spotlights which we have in the bedroom, bathroom and hallway. We tried getting low energy versions of those in the past but they didn’t fit, but the ones we saw look more promising, I need to take some samples in.
If we can replace the damn dimmer switch in the lounge, we can replace the candle bulbs with low energy ones too.
Anyway – CSI Vegas beckons.
Don’t worry, I promise no pictures this time. My gum has finally stopped being sore on it’s own and is now only sore if I poke the socket or press against the underlying jaw through the gum flesh (yes yes, so why do I keep doing it). The gum is growing over the wound slowly, but it’s still pretty tender. I can however, finally, eat on both sides of my mouth again, although it’s going to take some getting used to. On the right side, the gap means I push food down below the top molar into the gap, rather than tearing it, it sort of just pushes it around. I have to jiggle the food around a bit to get it over a tooth edge and hence truly chewed.
Since I have no one else to blame other than myself for this piece of mouth stupidity, I’m still beating myself up about it (it’s a personality flaw). As Grete says, if I believed in God I’d make a great Catholic since I do personal guilt so well.
So it’s progress anyway, and I’m pleased it’s finally getting somewhere. The pain under my tongue has mostly gone which I was attributing to the injections I got at the time, and for most of the time was causing more discomfort than the immediate gum pain. So that’s good, I’m pleased.
I still need to arrange another appointment for 2 fillings and some cleaning, but I’ve been putting that off, partly due to cost and partly due to well, it being the dentist. I’ll try and get that done soon.
Yeh, I know you’re sick of reading about me being sick but hey, there you go. So quick jaw update – it hurts. It feels bruised and stretched and chewing hurts my jaw muscles. The gum / tooth socket / whatever-the-hell-the-hole-is-called hurts but that’s more of a dull throb. The good news is Nurofen fixes both of those pains for at least 4 or 5 hours once it kicks in, so it’s manageable. Eating hurts even if I’ve taken pain killers so I think it’ll be soup and soft-stuff for a little while yet.
I’m nervous about how chewing is going to work on the right side of my mouth now I’ve had the tooth out. Basically I’m expecting to struggle because I’ll be pushing food down into the gum since the molar on my upper jaw is still there. I’ve not chewed anything on that side of my mouth for nearly a month now, and I always favoured the left side anyway, but I’d like to get at least some action going on on the right side sometime soon.
Slept ok last night, did wake up at 4:10am again, Bubbles was whining but I tricked her into going downstairs and then closed the bedroom door (yes, I am evil, thank you for asking). That was fine until about 7:30 when Fizz decided she HAD TO BE IN THE BEDROOM and spent 10 minutes scratching at the door. Anyway, when I first woke up I was worried I’d have too much pain to get back to sleep but it was actually okay and I was back asleep really quickly. Considering how painful it was the night before I’m taking that as a good sign.
Grete’s cold seems a little better this morning which is good news. We’re going roleplaying tonight which is a 40 minute drive each way and it sucks for her having to drive when she can hardly breathe.
Bubbles is ok after her vet visit and has some medication, it’s not cystitis, but more likely stress related. Yes, even one of our cats is stressed. In this household? Who would have thought it. So, vet bills and dentist bills mean it’s going to be a frugal Christmas.
I guess I need to look harder at finding NHS dental treatment.
edit: 15:14 21st November: So Grete’s cold had her fooled and it’s come out full force in the last couple of hours. We’ve had to cancel roleplaying which sucks royally but I’m really sure driving 40 minutes each way and a 1am finish is not what Grete needs tonight.
I usually take pain killers for a particular kind of nasty headache I get. The pain killers take the edge off it, but don’t really get rid of the pain fully. Since I don’t really suffer from any other pains (other than the thumb pain I had a while back) I don’t take a lot of pain killers.
However, the recent dentist work has left my jaw tired and achy from being stretched, my gum sore due to the tooth removal and the molar next to the new hole is sore from being wiggled during the tooth extraction. I woke up this morning at 4:15am and the pain was pretty bad, so I got up and had some pain killers (second lot, I had some before I went to bed as well).
At work today I had some more, and then later on took some different pain killers (nurofen instead of the generic co-codamol I had earlier).
The weird thing, for me, is that since the pain is so acute, I can actually feel the pain killers working, because it dulls and then goes away entirely for a while and then comes back rather quickly. Observing this in some ways helps take my mind off the actual pain because I feel more distanced from it. I find it amazing that there’s a chemical I can imbibe which basically causes my brain to ignore the signals the little broken nerves in my mouth are sending it, and that they work so quickly. I know I shouldn’t be amazed by this but I am none the less.
Blood sugar has been up the spout the last few days. The lingering cold has a minor effect on my control, but stress also affects it badly. On top of that, all I ate yesterday was soup and I felt pretty low when I got up this morning, then I had some white bread (yeh, I know), and soup for lunch and around 4:00pm my sugar felt like it plumeted (no testing kit at work), so obviously I countered and over compensated so now it’s a bit high again. Being ill really screws with the control.
6:03pm edit : back to 5.6 mmol/l now, which is good.
Grete has more patience than me, and she’s arranged an appointment for me with the dentist on Friday. So now I get to blog about how I hate dentists, and my irrational fear of not being able to open my mouth wide enough.
Hey, I said irrational.
Today I have thumb pain (again). I have obviously been sitting with my hands in stressful positions when typing recently. The day before yesterday my left hand ached, around the base of my thumb, and then yesterday my right hand started up (left hand was ok), got worse toward the end of the night and today it’s killing me. The pad at the base of my thumb hurts, and the tendons feel stretched again. So I’m slathering Voltarol on and hoping it helps. The fumes the stuff gives off may certainly help.
Just looking at how I hold my hands when using this laptop, I suspect it may be at the root of the issue if I don’t concentrate I tend to hold my hands above the keyboard but rest my right hand against the base of my thumb and then stretch my thumb/fingers around to hit keys and use the mouse-nipple-thingy.
Anyway, yay me.