So, I am going to tell you all something that may save you a lot of discomfort in the future.
Are you ready?
If you, like myself, want to be completely unconscious during an oral surgery
procedure, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you NOT EAT A GIGANTIC JIMMY JOHNS SUB TWO HOURS
The nurse: "So, are you ready for this??"
Me: "Yes! Just as long as you totally knock me out and I have no
memory of it!"
Her: "Haha! No problem, just to be clear, you haven't
The doctor: "..."
So. Yeah. I ate. But I SWEAR they didn't tell me not to
eat! I WOULD REMEMBER. And my surgery was at 3pm, so like, I
figured they would have mentioned it. AND the day before I worried about
it, so I called to ask, but alas, I got their answering machine. And so I
googled it, and you do know what google said?? DO YOU??? It said
"when having oral surgery it is fine to eat beforehand."
So in case someone googles it again, I will just have to hope my site comes
up which informs them YOU CANNOT EAT BEFORE ANY KIND OF ORAL SURGERY IF YOU
WANT IV SEDATION OR THEY WILL NOT GIVE IT TO YOU.
I know I am using a lot of caplocks here. I can't help it.
So, they inform me that I can't have the IV sedation, but that I can totally
still do the surgery. I ask if they can at least use nitrous gas and the
nurse is like "Well... we COULD, but the doctor is pregnant, so no."
"So to be clear, if I do this, I get NOTHING?"
"Oh no! You get Novocain! You won't feel a
They reminded me that people have surgery awake all the time. People
have BABIES and BRAIN SURGERY awake. And I was like
"true..." and then, because I really didn't want to reschedule
this or the several follow up appointments that I have lined up after this, I
was like "Fine..."
And then I had oral surgery totally and completely awake and aware even
though I typically get nitrous for a cavity filling.
It was... awful. I am not even going to down play it. It really
and truly was horrible. It didn't hurt, except for all those needles they
injected into my face to make me numb. (SO MANY NEEEDLES!!) Those were not pleasant.
But the doctor was great and at any point if I said I could feel something she
gave me more meds. I think I took as much Novocain as an average sized
elephant would need.
But what was actually awful was, you know, the SURGERY. The part where
they were using scissors and bone drills. Oh lord, it was two complete
hours of watching as they removed things from my face. Which, as you
know, is really close to your eyes, so it's hard to miss.
In the end, all went extremely well. They did bandage me up after the
surgery, which if you are curious was like if you took a large wad of gum/silly
putty and smooshed it over your teeth. It was super sexy. Especially
since it was seeping blood all around the edges.
The bandages fell off yesterday so now I can see the new gums in all their
glory. I smiled for Henry and asked what thought. His reaction?
"Um... you have a lot of blood and hair in your teeth"
"That's not hair, it's stitches"
"Oh... well it's not as scary as that pink stuff" (the
Turns out I do have limits as to what I will post on the internet, but this
morning I took this shot with my phone which is just far enough away to make it
look sorta okay.
Oral surgery. Not for the faint at heart.