Friday, January 29, 2010

I Can Do All Things...

...through Him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). This is my current mantra.

For those of you who don't know, I am scheduled to have oral surgery on Tuesday, February 2, to have my wisdom teeth removed. It is something I should have done years ago and have put off for longer than I should have. I went for a cleaning a week ago and got "the lecture" again and was reminded (not so nicely) by my dentist that it will be much easier to go through this with a toddler who is becoming more self sufficient than to wait until I have two kiddos on my hands to keep up with, or, worse yet, to get caught mid-pregnancy with kiddo #2 and have seriously painful teeth that I can't have removed with the benefit of being completely put out. *Sigh* Everything he said was true, much to my disappointment. While kiddo #2 isn't necessarily happening tomorrow or anything like that, I figured now was as good a time as is the dead of winter, I don't really want to be out and about anyhow, so why not hole up in misery and at least feel like I am staying in for a purpose BESIDES the nasty winter weather outside?

To answer some of those frequently asked questions:
  • Why did I wait so long to do this? I haven't had problems with my wisdom teeth. Two of them have developed cavities and my mean 'ole dentist won't fill them. The only solution is to remove the teeth.
  • Are you seeing a dentist or oral surgeon? Oral surgeon!!! Are you kidding me?! A million dollars wouldn't be enough to coax me into the chair of someone who doesn't do this day in and day out. I want a pro.
  • Will you be awake or asleep? See answer above. Are you kidding me?!?! A million dollars wouldn't be enough for me to be awake for this procedure. I will be completed sedated (IV anesthesia) for the entire process.
  • How many are they taking out? All four. If I'm going to be miserable, I'd rather just be super miserable and get it all over with at one time. I do not plan to have oral surgery this lifetime....if possible.
  • How do you feel about this? Terrified!!! I know I survived child birth, but this is a whole other ball game. I have never been put under anesthesia before, I am really odd about having procedures done in my mouth (seriously--even freak out about a run of the mill cleaning), and I fear the whole recovery process. I just can't wait for this to be over with and put far, far behind me.....a distant memory.

What can you do for me, you ask? Well, since you can't really trade places with me and go have my teeth removed for me (darn!!), I'll go for the next best thing. Pray!! And don't just wait to pray till Tuesday when the procedure occurs. Pray NOW! Pray for calmed fears/anxiety, strength, courage, and supernatural PEACE. Ladies and gents, I don't mean to act like a kid about this, but these kinds of things really get me worked up. I've already started losing sleep over this. Pray for rest. Pray for the procedure; that the surgeon will move quickly and easily, that I will rest comfortably throughout it and not have any experience of pain. Pray for my recovery. I am so thankful Chris will be with me the day of the procedure, my mom-in-law the day after (to keep Jacob), and my sis-in-law for day three (if needed and to be toddler entertainment). I am thankful for the sweet friend who is making a meal for my family the day of the procedure (you mean they don't want to survive on yogurt and applesauce for several days too?). Pray that I will have a swift, smooth, easy recovery and be back to myself in no time. Aside from praying, what can you do for me? Save your horror stories for someone else! I don't want to hear them. If you had a great, easy experience, then by all means, feel free to share. But if you were miserable, got dry sockets, had an infection, or were down for days on end....I don't want to hear it! I refuse to believe I will have one of those horrific experiences.

Thank you all for your support, encouragement, and love. This will not be easy for me, but, "I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength."

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