I’ve been putting it off for almost ten years but tomorrow is the day. I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed. All four of them. And I’m slightly terrified. To gather my thoughts (and my nerves) I wrote today’s post in list form. Yes, I find lists comforting (maybe I should add that to the comforts section…).
- I’m nervous about waking up with a blood glucose that is wildly out of range and having to deal with a potential spike or low during surgery from an incorrect correction. (Oh diabetes, you’re just full of oxymorons.).
- I keep singing the Ramones over and over, trying to convince myself that I do, in fact, want to be sedated. As much as I love the Ramones, it’s not working. Sedation scares the daylights out of me. (No pun intended. Ah, who am I kidding. Pun intended.)
- Why does sedation scare the daylights out of me? 1) As ridiculous as it sounds, I’m afraid I won’t wake up. 2) I’m terrified of having a low while I’m ‘under.’ 3) I hate that term, ‘under.’ Totally creepy.
- While not exactly a fear, I’m not thrilled that, in 24 hours time, I’m going to look like a cheeks-fully-stocked-with-chestnuts-in-preparation-for-the-cold-hard-winter-ahead tree squirrel who recently lost (quite badly, I might add) to the lightweight champion of the world. In other words, swollen and bruised.
- My endocrinologist is always at the other end of his cell phone. About a week ago, he called to go over my fasting/insulin needs the night before the surgery. Stellar. At that time he told me that if I felt flustered or needed help after the extraction, I was more than welcome to call. Double stellar.
- My uncle is a dentist and, like my endo, is also always at the other end of his cell phone. My aunt sent me an email with his number, as well as a litany of post extraction advice. For example, I was instructed to get extra gauze pads because I most likely won’t be given enough and I’ll have to change the packing every half hour until bleeding stops. Gross.
- Daniel got the day off work to take care of me. This is probably the biggest comfort of the bunch.
- Smoothies. I love them. The fact that they are an approved post-wisdom-teeth-removal indulgence pleases me. I even splurged on some frozen mango to add to the mix. Mmm.
- While I’m well aware I’ll never get through them all, I have stacked a veritable mother load of movies on top of our DVD player in preparation for my recovery:
-Titanic (My go-to sick day movie. Cheesy, tragic, epic. Perfect for making a girl feel better about her own situation.)
-Ken Burns’s Baseball
-Harry Potter 1-6.
-A large subset of the complete works of Hayao Miyazaki.
-A bunch of Masterpiece Theatre productions.
Alright, I’m off to rock out to some more of Road to Ruin. Wish me luck! Oh, and I’d love any advice that you might have!