Hot Chicks Dig Darvocet

Friday, February 1, 2008
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Darvocet is white
And makes you feel all Wheeee!

Just kidding.

My procedure went very well yesterday. Dr. Hunter and his staff were gracious and efficient, and they zipped me in and out in less than an hour and a half. Thanks to everyone who sent their sympathy and well-wishes, and Nathan? Make your appointment. It's not that bad.

I have a low tolerance for oral narcotics, so Dr. Hunter chose to give me an IV anaesthesia. I don't know what he used, but man, was it effective. One minute I was telling Dr. Hunter what a pain in the ass buying Sudafed is, and the next thing I know, he's tapping a section of my jawbone up into my sinus for something called a sinus lift. When I came to again, he was pretty much done, so I got an X-Ray to ensure everything was where it was supposed to be, and my Smart Man took me home.

The pain has been extremely manageable, and I only needed to take two Darvocet yesterday. As I mentioned, I typically don't do well with oral narcotics, so I was alternating half a Darvocet with ibuprofen, and that seemed to work just fine. The implant is in the upper left section of my mouth, so I have a really attractive bruise on the corner of my mouth from the stress of having Dr. Hunter messing with the back of my mouth, but it doesn't hurt at all.

Dr. Hunter also put me on Sudafed. Since he was modifying the sinus cavity, he anticipated my sinuses filling up, and he wants it drained as soon as possible. I'm also on oral antibiotics and an antibiotic mouth rinse.

The only negative thing about this experience so far was the fact that I slept like shit last night. I don't know if it was the combination of the Darvocet and the Sudafed, but I haven't had such a rough night in many, many years. I switched to OTC pain medication this morning, and I'm considering skipping the second dose of Sudafed tonight so I can sleep.

But the best part is that I was able to (carefully) brush my teeth this morning. Thank God. I got up this morning and my mouth felt like a swamp. Ew.

15 comments:

Nathan said...

Glad to hear it all went well. And yes, I'm going to get around to it soon. Due to cost, I'd love to know I've got a job starting in a week or so when I make the appointment. Being freelance has a definite effect on my planning.

Janiece Murphy said...

I hear you, Nathan. Don't you have two teeth that need implants?

The only problem with waiting is that the longer you wait, the more bone will disappear.

Stupid bone.

Michelle K said...

Glad to hear you're doing well, although I was really hoping you'd be all entertaining on your Darvocet.

Maybe you can fake it a bit for our Friday entertainment?

And at least you're making me feel better about getting a filling replaced next week. I don't want to, but I see things could be a whole lot worst.

And I also so glad my job offers dental insurance. (I've got cavity prone teeth, so all my molars have fillings--and most of those fillings are more than 20 years old now...)

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, I do have dental insurance, it just doesn't cover implants.

And while entertaining you all really is what I live for, I'm just not feeling up to pseudo-Darvocet writing today. How about tomorrow?

Jeri said...

Janiece, I'm glad you're feeling ok today and that it went pretty well.

LOL on the ode to Darvocet in rhyme. Sorta.

I can only take a small fraction of the oral prescription painkillers out there - the rest make me really queasy (Percocet, Darvocet, codeine, etc). Even some of them via IV make me really nauseated (Demerol, Morphine). I've learned this via various migraine ER visits - thank goodness I almost never have to do that!

Kate said...

I'm so glad that you're doing well. Dental work just plain sucks no matter what you go in for... :)

The Mechanicky Gal said...

Why is it that whenever I go to the doctor, I NEVER get anything good? Communists.
Glad that it has gone well, I repeat, Tijuana has a GREAT dental plan! 1/3 the cost! Don't laugh or cringe - I've seen the results of all kinds of TJ work, and it rivals that of doctors here. And after some of the horror stories I've heard about hospitals here, is it really that scary?

Cindi in CO said...

Hey mechanicky gal - if you want to squirt one of your discs out from between your vertabrae you can probably get some Vicodin; that's what they gave me. I don't recommend it however.

Jim Wright said...

Yeah, narcotic and antihistamine makes for bad dreams. I rather have the pain.

Glad it went well, Janiece, hope the bruise goes away quickly.

Janiece Murphy said...

Amy, I think I'll stick with Dr. Hunter. He may cost more, but his office is .5 miles from my house. As opposed to 1,114 miles. Just sayin' the old convenience factor matters in this case.

Jim, yeah, no more narcotic + pseudoephedrine. God, that sucked.

Tom said...

And speaking of sucking (and because I don't have much else to add to the well-wishes already wished) what's with this vacuum cleaner thing?

All the vacuum I've run into has already been pretty clean. No additional cleaning necessary.

Tania said...

Oh, I'm so glad you made it through everything ok. I've been meaning to drop you a note, but family matters have been interrupting me. Um, chew carefully, drink lots of soup, and take care of yourself.

Yes, I'm the hovering, nurturing type.

Janiece Murphy said...

Thanks, Tania. I feel pretty normal today, aside from having to stay away from the salty/crunchy.

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Janiece said...

Um, what?

This post is over two years old, James Kildare, and had nothing to do with what you wrote about. I had surgery, I needed narcotics for a day, it was over. I made no comments regarding long-term pain management, the availability of narcotics via mail/internet or anything else you appar to be interested in.

So, I repeat: Um, what?