Sunday 9 March 2008

Post-op report

This picture is not of my teeth. Dr Oral Surgeon said they didn't keep mine. I suspect this is because they had to obliterate them into tiny pieces to get them out. Anyway, see the top right-hand one with the wiggly root? Imagine it with four wiggly and long roots, each wiggling in a different direction. That was my teeth. I feel quite proud of my singularly wiggly wisdom teeth roots. Indeed, Dr Oral Surgeon said they had never seen such wiggly ones.

So now I am wisdom toothless, dentally regressed back to adolescence. Thank heavens that's only a sort of figurative state, as it were. Imagine having to be a teenager again??!! Ugh. Everyone was extremely kind, even the anaesthetic nurse who stabbed me repeatedly with the needley things, and had the temerity to say she couldn't get the cannula in because of *my* wiggly veins (I dunno, wiggly teeth, wiggly veins ... should I rename the blog "attentionallwiggles"?).

Hubby goes on 20 March for the same torture. I really hope he doesn't feel as bad as I did post-op. I cried in recovery. All I could say was "mal" (sore). They said "how sore, on a scale of 1 to 10" and I held both hands up. I'm a baby. If I could have articulated more than one word, I would probably have asked for me Mum. So, they pumped me full of some nice drugs that made me feel sleepy and dribble, which was very pleasant in a strange sort of way.

And can I just say, based purely on our experience of French healthcare (and I hope none of you ever find yourselves in a situation where you need to choose), better to be in a private clinic than a public hospital because it's cleaner. Everything was clean. When Hubby was in a public hospital last year with his ankle, it was pretty grotty actually. The staff were very kind and competent, but it was dirty. And they were chronically short-staffed. The poor nurses were desperately over-stretched. Not in the private clinic. But that's one person's experience and cannot be generalised, I hasten to add.

And as for the tube in my nose, I have no recollection of that at all! I think I wasn't really all that conscious when I first came round. And that will make sense to anyone whose brain works like what mine does.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I much appreciate your indulgence of my scaredy cat-ness!! And I hope your wisdom teeth aren't wiggly xx


Ghosty said...

I remember when I had mine removed, in the service ... all 4 teeth in 30 minutes. Didn't feel a thing. And, spend days on drugs drooling on my pillow. Ahh, those were the days! haha ... a speedy recovery, eat lots of ice cream!

Princesse Ecossaise said...

Poor Lis!!! But do be proud of your wiggly roots, I think wiggly roots look cool, way more interesting than boring straight roots.

I agree with you on the French healthcare service, the hospital I went to in La Rochelle stank of shit and was pretty dirty. I didn't like going there because it made me feel dirty and that I do not like.

Glad your op went well and that you have recovered although my sympathy goes out to you when you mention how sore you were afterwards. Also my deepest symp to hubby!

Now you are like me; no wisdom teeth. I have never been blessed with them in the first place which I take as a bit of an insult but never mind.

Lots of love!

Jane said...

Aww, I'm glad it's almost all over for you. I hope when Mr Ibb goes in for his you don't get horrendous flashbacks and relive the pain, like gunshot victims do when a passing car backfires...have I been watching too many films again?


I still have one of my baby teeth. I think that explains a lot about me.

Love and hugs, Jxx

PS Booked a trip to Paris for May, I'm soo excited!

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon my love!

Lis of the North said...

Hi Ghosty. Ah yes the drugs that make you drool and not care about the slaver of dribble permanently adorning the corner of your mouth. I suppose that is how Boxer dogs must feel all the time, eh?
Princesse! I think you not having wisdom teeth means you must be advanced-ly evolved or something. I'm sure wisdom teeth, coming later than other teeth, are some sort of evolutionary remainder that was supposed to bring us back up teeth when most of our first ones had been lost. You are a fine example of how humankind is progressing. ;) xx
Jane babe. I can't believe you still have a baby tooth. That's quite sweet actually xx
Hiya Miss D. Feeling tonnes better. I even can see my stitches now. They are small. :) x