Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Painkiller Not Required

The tooth extraction was a breeze. Lydocaine and laughing gas made it easy. The doctor did a little bone grafting (bone from a cadaver--no DNA he assured me) and I was stitched up and sent on my way. Eventually I took some tylenol, but it didn't hurt much. I asked for the gold back since Marty might be able to make me earrings from it.

The physical therapy appointment was interesting. All these years I thought I had a rotater cuff injury but I don't. I have very tight pectorals which restrict my movement. To get my strength back, I need to stretch these muscles, which is why I'll go to a number of PT sessions. Also, my ribs don't move much when I breathe normally, so I have to work on deep breathing. The therapist expected to find tenseness in my neck but didn't.

My new PROSE lenses with the higher prescription arrived and I wore them yesterday. I can see much better but they still fog up from debris, which I can whisk away with a q-tip and some saline. Don't try this on the subway.


Ronni Gordon said...

Glad it didn't hurt too much and that you have a plan for PT. I had two teeth out at a time (and then another two) and had to take Oxycodone for the pain. It's good that you only needed Tyleonol...I felt like I could have gotten addicted.

Jenbolaya said...

I found your blog through the life interrupted journals on NYT. I had BMT 2+ years ago and am now having a series of cGVHD issues as well, from head to toe. I also had teeth extractions recently (2 wks ago), unrelated to cGVHD, and I'm still aching! Thank goodness for pain meds. Thank you for sharing your experience.