05-22-2014, 12:38 AM
You know what? I'm kicking myself. I had a video of myself directly out of surgery and it would have fit perfectly in this thread...but apparently I never saved it! Stupid!
Anyway, my experience was one of sheer terror. I was afraid that I'd be one of those rare cases that are "asleep" but could still feel everything. I was afraid I'd never wake up again. I was afraid I was going to bleed out afterward. Again, I was absolutely terrified. They gave me laughing gas before knocking me out to calm my nerves. The oral surgeon made a really corny joke that my drugged self thought was just hysterical, I kissed my daughter and husband goodbye (still terrified) and zonked out. I woke up loopy and pain free with instructions of what to eat for the next week. We went to the store directly after because I was starving. That's when the video took place. I was SOOOOO out of it. "Whaaaaaaat?........Huh??????.......*muttering nonsense through gauze*....." Yup, not my best moment!
The pain wasn't bad with the meds. The cleaning and not succumbing to the urge to stick my tongue under the gums was the worst part directly after.
I will say that on day 10 post op I developed numbness in my jaw and it FA-REAKED me out. It got worse and the numb area got bigger. One of the sheets they have you sign is that you're aware the procedure can give you permanent loss of feeling in your jaw! I couldn't feel kisses I was getting or giving anymore! I was just 100% losing my mind over this. It took several visits, but the surgeon finally gave me an antibiotic, just in case. It turns out I had post op swelling from an infection from it not being cleaned enough (they finally gave me a syringe to do the job properly, originally telling me just to gargle saltwater!)
Any who, in the meantime of that ordeal I had a full bloodwork done at my doctors office because the surgeon was adamant it was not his fault so I had to start seeing what was causing the numbness. Good news it wasn't Lyme Disease or cancer, the 2 top contenders for numb jaw...but apparently I had undiagnosed Rheumathoid Arthritis. So that happened.
Glad your extraction wasn't nearly as dramatic as mine!