Fast forward to my 6 month checkup where I show the dentist the pustule that had developed on my gum right next to the tooth. It turns out that there was a raging infection under the crown. (the smell was ugly) We tried 10 days of antibiotic but no joy. I had to have the tooth out. I called the oral surgeon and they had an opening the next day.
When the novocaine wore off, I couldn't believe the pain! I am fairly tolerant of pain but this was unlike anything I had ever felt. The vicodin didn't touch it. Fortunately, my dentist called to check up on me and told me I could take 2 (very low dose). It was like the heavens opened up and sunbeams shone upon me. When that pain went away, it felt soooo good. I slept sitting up and woke up Friday morning with a blinding headache and nauseaus from the pain meds (really unfair that). I stuck to acetaminophen for the rest of the time after that.
I spent the weekend taking it easy and eating soft foods. I have some bruising around the jaw line but not too bad and I can tell it's healing. It will take some time before we can discuss what to do about the gaping hole in my teeth.
I was not able to do much knitting or spinning. No concentration. I mostly sat and dozed and held ice packs to my face. And now I am back to work and feeling mostly back to normal. Still eating mostly soft foods and being careful until the hole heals closed. I don't want anything getting stuck in there and re infecting.
Our planned trip to AC was postponed to this Friday and unless something else happens, we're heading down there Friday afternoon with Kylie in tow. She came over Sunday and we ate bbq chicken and ribs and potato salad and coconut cake and watched the heartbreaking US/ Portugal game.