Wisdom I’ve Learned with the Loss of my Wisdom Teeth

I’m sorry for my temporary hiatus, friends. I’ve been a little out of shop (or should I say chops?) lately. I had my wisdom teeth removed Friday and unfortunately, the healing process has not been as smooth as I would have liked. Not only have my teeth been in quite a lot of pain, I also got violently sick from the pain medications so I had to get an IV at the doctor’s office. But it got better—in the wrong way. The IV wasn’t tied in properly (now I really don’t have a fear of needles or anything) and my arm starting bursting blood like a little Trevi fountain. I felt like I was in one of those ridiculous Will Ferrell SNL skits. So that has been my ride the past few days. Needless to say, it’s been a bumpy road and my fingers haven’t had a chance to land on the keyboard.

In my time of bed rest, which, believe me, there has been plenty, I have gained some wisdom:

1. Take the time to relax: It has been nice to get in some extra sleep and just be a little vegetable for a while. Too many of us are coffee beans and we need to slow down!

2. Having someone to rely on: It’s always a good idea to have someone help you if you need a little extra help. My mom and my aunt have been so helpful taking me to the doctor—not only is it safer to have their support, it’s sweeter

3. Be proactive: Whether it comes to pain medications or the next step in recovery, be aware of the direction you are supposed to be going in the healing process. Don’t let yourself backtrack because you’ve fallen behind.

4. Do what you can: Even when I was seeing stars, my dad still likes me to do my part. As much as I hate to admit it, I think this is a good idea. With so many people helping you out, you should try to help out yourself. Do a load of laundry, wash the dishes—little things.

5. Catch up on your life: I think I’ve seen ever romantic comedy there is in the past five days. I would love to read more but my head is still a little too foggy to see through the clouds of a complicated novel.  I’ll get there soon, though.

Have you had any similar experiences with recovery?

It’s been quite a process. I wouldn’t highly recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed, because, yes, it has been pretty darn painful. And I’m being nice. As the Sunny Girl, expletives and other unladylike conduct is prohibited. But that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking it.

But I have a light at the end of the tunnel. Because after all of this oatmeal, yogurt, and soup I can’t wait for one thing…

A cheeseburger and French fries from the Habit. I will be there!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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  1. kathryn says:

    Lauren… i had to laugh when i saw this, because i just got mine out yesterday– I feel your pain 🙂 hope you’re having a great summer!

    Posted on 8.3.11 | Reply

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