To each his own. To me my own.

After Effects

This past Friday my daughter underwent oral surgery to have her remaining two wisdom teeth removed. I dreaded this almost as much as she did. Exactly two years ago, the abominable happened – lack of sufficient novocaine administered prior to surgery caused my kid to wake up screaming in pain in the recovery room. Once home, she passed out from the pain, thankfully her Dad was standing behind her at the time and able to catch her. Both he and I shed tears for her that day… there’s nothing that compares to seeing your child in that much pain and not being able to help. It took a good 3-4 hours to get it under control, and we worried about the risk of overmedication to get her there.

This time she opted to return to her original surgeon with whom she’d had a good experience, having four of her front teeth pulled prior to getting braces. The icing on the cake ended up being the cost – Mr. Botched Job charged her almost double of what was charged this past Friday. And just so we’re clear, I define a good oral surgery experience as not waking up in the recovery room screaming in pain – it seems to be a highly coveted perk of choosing a proven and trusted oral surgeon. If it ain’t broke… let’s not try to fix it.

The effects from anesthesia can make you very funny or very sick, or a combination of the two. In the case of Julia vs. Anesthesia – she was 100% hilarious. Once in the car she asked for chapstick, and it’s funny how a simple little thing like chapstick can become so confusing. The outside plastic came off in her hand with the actual top remaining in place. I glanced over to see her dazedly holding it – staring back and forth from the plastic, to the lid, back to the plastic, then back to the lid. God only knows how long this would’ve gone on if I hadn’t intervened.

My goal was to take her straight home, then head back out solo to fill her prescription. That goal was thwarted when she announced she wanted to ‘pick herself out some ice cream’ (I’m an old softie to that word ‘puh-leassssse‘). I obliged her request, by then knowing better than to leave her in the car alone. As we made our way across the parking lot I asked her to hold my hand while we crossed (remember, she’s 24). She actually stood there a second thinking about it, until it hit her like a ton of bricks. “NOOOO!!”

I should’ve known there was more than just ice cream on this kid’s mind. Once inside, she immediately started searching for another wheelchair to ride in – I thank the dear Lord one wasn’t available. She graduated over to the special motorized cart and it took a minute to convince her she was too impaired to drive it. Finally, a partially deflated red balloon on the floor stole her attention. She dragged that balloon around behind her the entire time.

I glanced down at my watch. In a moment of horror, I realized the pharmacy didn’t open for another 15 minutes. What the heck was I going to do with her all this time? It was like having a full-grown toddler to watch after, and we’re all aware of Bon’s patience level with unruly children.

The newly adopted orphan balloon.

It took a moment to remember she didn't much care for Jeff Gordon.

Once she decided on her ice cream, I proceeded to peel it from her hands and place it in the basket. Guiding her in the direction of the pharmacy (which didn’t open for another 10 minutes) I discovered they actually sell canes in this grocery store. Did she find them, you may ask? Absolutely. Up she walks leaning on one like a pro, looking like she’d just found her best friend. I’d love to post the video, but my life would be in danger if I did.

Hats off to good experiences.

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9 responses

  1. Mom~

    Hahaha! 🙂

    April 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  2. That’s hilarious!

    When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I woke up in the middle of it, too. Luckily, they put me back out quickly.

    Afterwards, I puked. And then spent the entire ride home singing the 12 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed song and confessing to my parents how I overslept and almost missed one of my finals.

    Good times, good times.

    April 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

    • Oh my gosh, waking up in the middle of it sounds horrid. And that’s the reaction (nausea) a lot of people have to anesthesia, I’ve heard. Good times indeed. 🙂

      April 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

  3. Who ever designed wisdom teeth wasn’t very wisdomy.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    • I agree Carl! 🙂

      April 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

  4. Good times, indeed! She looks so much like you. BTW, I couldn’t stop noticing how beautiful her teeth are. 🙂

    Cheers to Good Times!

    April 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    • Aw thank you Sony! I’ll make sure to tell her to read this. 🙂

      April 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

  5. What an awful experience to wake up with such pain. I had the opposite problem after the op they struggled to get me awake and when they finally had me awake I was so pale that the lady who gave me the lift remarked that my hands were unnaturally pale and she was extremely concerned. Then the nausea hit me while we were in the car on our way home. Your dentist or oral hygienist must be someone you trust completely.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    • Oh, my gosh that is so scary!! You never know what road anesthesia is going to lead you down. I’ve heard nausea is the biggest discomfort.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

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