Well, my birthday is next Monday, and my gift from the universe turns out to be a root canal.
As sarcastic as that sounds, it really does feel like a gift, because yesterday I was knocked on my ass by the most excruciating tooth pain I’ve ever felt. When I say excruciating I’m not exaggerating…it was inside my ear, down my neck, up the side of my face, all over my jaw….I can honestly say that childbirth was less painful. An emergency trip to the dentist proclaimed the culprit to be an infected tooth that needs an immediate root canal.
…except my molars are so wrecked from grinding my teeth that my dentist had to refer me to an Endodontist (aka root canal specialist) to do the work. He gave me a shot of Novocaine to dull the pain, wrote me some ‘scripts for painkillers and antibiotics (let me tell you, as an official Horrible Pill Swallower these thumb-sized gigantic pills TERRIFY me), wrote my referral, and told me to come back for a follow up visit after the procedure.
….except it turns out that the doctor he was referring me to is out-of-town for two weeks. Turns out a LOT of the local Endodontists are in Hawaii right now for some conference. Yikes. Nobody I called could see me until May 1st. No way. No how. NOT going to make it that long. After about twenty phone calls, I was lucky to find an office who fit me into their emergency slot on Monday morning. Hallelujah. I have honestly never been so excited for a dental visit in my entire life.
So yeah, happy birthday to me.
Anyway, the silver lining in all of this is that I’m home all by myself for a few hours. The pain was so bad at work this morning that I was barely functional, so my boss told me to just go home and rest. Finally, about four hours later, most of the pain seems to have subsided (maybe the antibiotics are finally kicking in), so while I’m able to think clearly, I’ll take it as an opportunity to post this new artwork I finished a few weeks ago. The finished image is up top, details shots are below.
I like this one. I really, really, really like this one. I’ve been able to do a lot of reading and painting lately, and I can’t even articulate how GOOD it feels. Hopefully I’ll get some more stuff up here soon.
Enjoy the pretty pictures, and take care of your teeth ladies and gentlemen. Tooth pain is a wretched bitch.