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Friday, April 9th, 2004

    Time Event
    8:51a
    Queen Me (They call it laughing gas for a reason)
    I can't even live up to my name: Bacteria Paladin. I now know how the Cubs feel. Current score:

    Bacteria: 264
    Chris: 5

    The bacteria invaded the last molar on the upper right hand side of my mouth and basically anialated (sp?) it. Thus, I needed a crown. Never had one of these before.....feels kinda weird. Then again, I can't feel the right side of my face, and for the time being, it's a good thing.

    I was given the option of nitrous oxide. I've been through 1 oral surgery before, so here I am thinking that they're gonna put me UNDER instead of just numbing everything in my body except for my brain (which would have been even better). As a medical professional, I start freaking out in my head. Sure, I'll take Nitro, but they didn't ask the right things to knock me out: How much do you weigh? Have you ate/drank in the past 12 hours? Are you pregnant (ode to health services)? Are you allergic to anything? Any health problems? And I'm like, whoa, what if I die!? When they put you under, no matter how safe the conditions or small the proceedure, there's always a risk. Just like driving a car, is a risk (like, don't start your manual transmission in gear and take your foot off the clutch for instance.......I did that this morning too). But I can't talk @ this point, the numbness is taking hold, and so I become the complacent patient and just sit there with my mouth "open wide." I figured if that did happen, I'd wake up in Heaven and not have to write my paper. It was a win-win situation. I just let my nerves take a break for awhile and after 2 injections of novocaine and a mask of nitrous later, they said I had "significant damage" and the nerve is gonna be upset for awhile. Great. 50/50 chance of a root canal. Wonderful. I get to go back in 2 weeks to get the real crown instead of this temporary cap for a tooth thing. And I wanna go back......nitrous is awesome.

    Now that the laughter has worn off, I need sleep. Going to bed @ 0230 waking up @ 0630 is not a good idea. I have tons to get done today, too. I'm gonna nap for a few hours and then finally finish the paper (God willing).

    "Everyone smiles as you drift pass the flowers that grow so incredibly hight....." (Beatles)

    Current Mood: high
    Current Music: Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds (Beatles)

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