Monday, February 25, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Thanks to everyone who has offered me their good wishes & prayers regarding my dental problems. The endodontist returned my call yesterday & apparently the swelling means I have an infection for which he prescribed a week's worth of amoxicillin. He also told me I could increase my hydrocodone from 1 to 1.5 pills every 6 hours. The increased dosage works well but only lasts for 4 hours. I spend the remaining 2 hours urging the hands of the clock to move quickly so I can get another hydrocodone fix. At least things are getting a little better pain wise. The swelling really doesn't seem to be lessening very much though. I guess it takes time.
Last night I had John take a couple photos of me in all my swollen glory thinking I might share one with you. However, the photos of the swelling, along with no makeup, eyes red from crying, & hair pulled back from my face, were not what you'd call flattering; therefore, here's a photo of me in healthier times.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:04 AM
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I'm a bit late doing my International Hermit & Knit Weekend report. In my post this past Saturday, I mentioned that I would be going back to the endodontist on Monday to have the second root canal infection treated. I wrote that I anticipated a simple procedure, quick healing, & little, if any, pain. Remind me not to anticipate things anymore. The procedure itself lasted an hour & consisted of drilling a hole through my crown, through the metal post it was attached to, removing the old root canal filling material, & treating the infection. The root canal was then filled with new filling material, the hole in the post repaired, & then the hole in the crown repaired. I wondered how in the world a hole could be drilled in my crown without damaging it but I figured this procedure has been done thousands if not millions of times throughout the world so I had no worries. However, the endodontist filled the hole in the crown with regular cavity filling material & told me I now need to see a regular dentist to have the hole filled with porcelain, if possible. If it's not possible, I will need a new crown. Isn't that nice? I just bought this crown last year & now I might need to buy another one?
Before the endodontist started my procedure, he said he was going to need to numb me (duh) & I asked him to shoot me with enough novocaine to numb an elephant. He stated that I probably didn't need a whole lot but thankfully he gave me a whole lot anyway & I felt no pain during the procedure. I was not even worried when I heard him say "I can't believe how long this root is" or "I need a longer file." I only had mild concern when he filed & filed & filed away at this second infected root canal, just like he did with the first one. It never occurred to me that I would have any problems.
We didn't get back home until quite late (6 p.m.). I was feeling a little sore as the novocaine wore off but it was nothing I couldn't handle. The soreness seemed to intensify as it got closer to bedtime & I decided to take one of the leftover pain pills that he prescribed for me after the surgery in January. I woke up yesterday morning still feeling quite sore. The soreness turned to pain. I tried to hold out as long as I could, wanting to take another pain pill at bedtime so I would sleep, but by 8 o'clock I couldn't wait any longer. I was feeling like my face was swelling & sure enough, when I got up to take the pain pill, I looked in the mirror & the left side of my face was quite puffy. I couldn't do much of anything for the remainder of the night because the pain got worse instead of better. I cried & cried & cried. The prescription stated to take 1 pill every 6 hours. I went to bed near midnight with 2 more hours to wait until I could take another what appeared to be useless pill. I couldn't get to sleep because of the pain & at 1:00 a.m. I got up & took another pill rather than waiting another hour. I went back to bed & must have dozed off for a while because I remembered dreaming. Either that or I was hallucinating. I looked at the clock & it was 2 a.m. I decided to try sleeping in the recliner. No could do. The second pain pill was as useless as the first one. The pain increased. The swelling increased. I cried throughout the night. I finally was able to doze off for a little while after the sun came up ... maybe 45 minutes or an hour.
When the endodontist's office opened, I called & left a message explaining how swollen I am & how much pain I am in. The receptionist called me back & said she is going to try to have the endodontist see me today. He won't be in until after 11:00 so I am waiting now to find out what's going to happen.
I must admit that I have a nice looking upper lip. I lost my lips several years ago. I had no idea it was happening. One day I just looked in the mirror & wondered what happened to my lips. Rather than the pouty, kissable lips that had always been there, I suddenly needed a magnifying glass to see the 2 pink pencil lines that replaced them. Sure, this lip is giving me a lot of pain right now ... along with it's friends nose, cheek, & jowl ... but it's nice to have a lip again. Here I am ... finding something good in the midst of a bad situation.
My IHKW was rather uneventful. I did work on my sock but ended up taking it apart & starting again.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:58 AM
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Posted by Shirlee at 8:59 AM
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Hooray! My fellow knitters on the Ravely knitting site have instructed me that yes, my shawl does have to be blocked which will make it wearable for someone other than a Munchkin or a mouse (Hi mouse!) so I have ordered myself a blocking board & will give that a try.
I learned to knit in the late 90s. I found out that there was a knitting group in the next town that got together at someone's home once a month. I was thinking it was once a week but no, it was once a month. Anyway, I called the lady who hostessed this group & she met with me one day to show me how to knit. She started me out on a dishcloth. I can remember sitting & working on that dishcloth, tears rolling down my face, sobbing all the while, until I got it right. Of course I didn't want to learn to knit so I could make dishcloths! I wanted to make sweaters & socks! I then got some yarn & a pattern & taught myself to make socks. I had one sock done & was working on the second when I attended my first meeting with the group & saw the hostess who was speechless when she saw me working on my second sock. Apparently knitting socks is supposed to be difficult. Well, no one told me so I just jumped right into it! I made myself at least a dozen pair of hand knit socks which I would wear & save to hand wash all at one time. One day I was sorting the laundry & apparently not paying attention to what I was doing because the socks ended up in the washing machine along with one of the piles of laundry, then in the dryer, & I ended up with a whole bunch of baby booties. This kind of bummed me out & I put down my needles & never knitted again until the interest was rekindled last summer at which time I started working on a shawl, had some problems with it & walked away.
Since my cross stitch PTSD continues to prevent me from stitching, last night I decided to start knitting a pair of socks. I've chosen to start off with a really simple, basic pair of socks to get myself back in the sock knitting saddle again, & so far, so good.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:11 AM
Monday, February 11, 2013
It is quite shocking for me to see that the last time I did a blog post was 10 days ago. Along for the Ride really did a number on me. If I even walk too close to my stash, I break out in a sweat & start to shake. I absolutely cannot stitch right now. My guess is that if I were able to pick up a piece of linen, choose a pattern & threads, & sit down to stitch, I might be able to do it, but the picking/choosing/sitting associated with it all I just haven't been able to do. I'm sure I will stitch again. Could be today, could be next week, could be a year from now. It will happen.
In the meantime, I decided to knit something. There is no way I can just sit at night & do nothing. I chose to knit a shawl. I like shawls, & I could really use one when John & I sit out on the front porch & the wind is a bit too cool. I had some yarn I bought last year so I looked on Ravelry for an uncomplicated shawl pattern. This is the yarn.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:52 AM
Friday, February 1, 2013
Posted by Shirlee at 8:44 AM