I had a very badly infected tooth extracted yesterday, so that's what's kind of filling up my vision at the moment. So this is going to be a moany post, please forgive me...
I know that severe toothache is the absolute worst pain in the universe. Yes, including labour.
I know that it is completely typical of my luck that this intense tooth pain, and subsequent necessity for extraction, should occur while my husband was away on a business trip, AND while I and all of my children are still sick with a cold / cough.
I know that having a good, efficient dentist who works carefully and quickly is an immense blessing.
I know that one's mouth feels bloody awful the day after an extraction, but that it still isn't as bad as the nerve-dying torture of pre-extraction.
I know that I am clock-watching til 10am, at which time I can next take some painkillers.
I know that alternating Panadol with Nurofen Plus at 3 to 4-hourly intervals does indeed provide better overall pain relief than one or the other individually, and also spaces the doses nicely.
I know that I'll probably get dry socket inflammation, seeing as how I usually do after an extraction, and possibly a nice gum infection just for larfs.
I know that the dentist's advice to rest, not talk or do too much, and relax is a HOOT in the context of my life.
I know that, with the big kids safely delivered to school and urgent supplies obtained, toddler was always going to be watching Play School this morning (and is enjoying it as I write ;-)
And also ...
I know that I am privileged that the biggest problem in my life right this minute is that I'm in moderate pain and feel unwell.
I know that I am privileged to have access to first-class dental treatment and the means to pay for it, and effective, inexpensive pain relief.
I know that there are millions of people worldwide who need these services and have no access to them, and that that is appalling.
I know that, sooner or later, I'm going to feel better, and that's OK.
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