Friday, July 18, 2008

Oral Surgery

I am at home on the couch, on pain meds, after my oral surgery. It went well, so that means that my broken tooth is gone, and in its place is a nice, new peg (I think it's titanium) that will heal into my jaw, and then it will be the base for a new bicuspid. Then I need to have a mouth guard made, to stop me from GRINDING my teeth at the night. I wonder if that is a normal response to grief/stress? I have obviously found this to be an (unconscious) outlet while I sleep.

One thing that I have noticed since David returned from camp is that I have virtually NO TIME ALONE now. During the school year, I have a block of hours in which I have the house to myself, with peace and quiet to think/listen, which is the best way for me to hear what I need to hear in order to write. Since I am not alone in the summer (except at night, when Gregg is traveling), my writing is taking on a superficial quality of which I am not fond, but there you have it. I love my son & husband, I wouldn't be anywhere else for all of the money in the world, and I love being a stay-at-home mother. So it just needs to remain superficial until there is time to reflect more deeply.


suz said...

Glad to hear your surgery went well. It may just be stress related, the teeth grinding. Not a good thing though. I hope the guard helps.
you are funny about your "superficial" writing...I don't think that is possible for you.
I understand needing time alone though, I cherish it also.

Laurie Keller said...

Hi Karen. I can't fathom a superficial bone in your body. Keep writing just how you feel. So glad your surgery went well. Take care and enjoy your meds : ) Love you, ljk

Laurie Keller said...

ps ... I'm a grinder too!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I am so sorry to hear you had to have oral surgery. I think mouth pain is the worst kind of physical pain.... ouch. (In fact, my "mystery tooth ailment" I suffered from recently is most likely due to teeth grinding, which is probably due to stress over financial issues... HOORAY, huh??)

I totally hear you about the alone time. I treasure my alone time and this Summer I have virtually NONE of it, except for my daily 10 minute showers!! As much as I love my kids, I really really miss my solitary time and find myself becoming somewhat short-tempered, not so much wtih THEM per se, just the fact that I feel a bit "stifled" if that makes sense.

Anyway, I know what you are saying.

Here's hoping that the tooth pain goes away soon and you (and I both) get our "solitude" and quiet time back very soon!

Peace & blessings to you, my dear.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Your tooth broke in HALF??!
Down to the root?!?!
I read that and immediately clutched my jaw and gasped aloud, Karen!!

Holy guacamole, that sounds painful....

Yes, I would say pain meds are in order. :-)

I will talk to my dentist about the guard.... I think our financial issues will be short-lived (hopefully).... so, hopefully my teeth-grinding will be short lived as well.

Thanks for your concern though!
You're awfully sweet! :-)

Karla W. said...

Night gaurds are wondeful once you get used to them. I've been requiring their use for about 10 years. It is so wonderful to not wake up at 2am thinking I've broken a tooth. :) In fact, when I was in nursing school I started wearing it for the drive down as I would subconsciously grind while I drove! I'm currently in process of trying to get my current one replaced.

Kay said...

Hope you feel better soon! Your writing is fine. But I know what you mean about not being able to get 'out' what you really are trying to convey.

Rest and recover!

Smileygirl said...

Superficial quality? Ummm on YOUR blog?!?! I don't think so.

Glad you're home, recovering and relaxing a little. Oral surgery really wipes you out plus it's sooo uncomfortable having your mouth open for that long. There are soooo many innuendos to be made with that last sentence so I'm going to end this now and say, Happy Healing - with lots of ice cream!