Pain Management

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Happy Sunday my homies and homettes! I know! I know! I know! I know! I know!… We all need a Sunday like we all need a bullet hole in our heads. Not to make you feel envious, jealous or none of that shit, but tomorrow, Monday, I’m off from the salt mine. Yeap, that’s right, I’m off from the salt mine. WOO-HOO! WHY! you asked? Because Monday November 12, 2018 we celebrate veteran’s day here in The U.S.A. As a matter of fact, a couple of weeks ago, when the dental surgeon and I scheduled my appointment for this past Friday, I really didn’t know shit about the up coming holiday. But in the end, it all worked out for the best.

As for the pain after the FIVE molars were extracted on Friday and even after getting a few stitches, the pain has been so minimal, that I was able to go shopping with my wife and daughter on Saturday, and I also have been able to eat anything and everything with no problems, that’s how good I’ve been feeling. I was also happy, because after the procedure, the surgeon advised me, that when it comes to the dental implants, I’m good to go. What I mean by that is, that I won’t be needing any bone graphs, before I get the implants next year. I’ll have to wait until January 1, 2019, because that’s the date when both my employer-provided dental insurance and flexible spending account (FSA) start fresh for the new year. Not to scare the living shit out of my loyal 1.5 readers, but implants are way fucking expensive, but as I learned, they require little maintenance and this is one of the biggest differences between them and dental bridges. Also, high quality implants can last a lifetime. But crowns and bridges will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Tell me about it, my one and only crown, lasted for some years, but in the end, it had to replaced with a fixed bridge. Don’t worry my homies and homettes, I’ll keep you posted.

With that said! I am Audi 5000 y’all!

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No Pain… No Pills

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Well my homies and homettes, yesterday the surgeon did the dental extractions, but I have to tell you, that I was fucking surprised when he told me that it was going to be five, instead of four. YES! You read that right! He extracted five molars instead of four! What happened was, that there was one, that couldn’t be saved and my dentist included it in the info that he provided to the surgeon, but I wasn’t aware of. I guess I wasn’t putting attention when I saw my dentist the last time.

Anyways, since the procedure was going to take some time, the surgeon and I went with the general anesthesia and when I woke up, everything was done. Even after the local anesthesia’s effect was wearing off, I only felt a small amount of pain, but not a lot. Plus I took some Ibuprofen, ahead of time, just to make sure that the full pain didn’t kick in. The surgeon did listened to me, when I asked for the good stuff, just in case, so he prescribed me Ibuprofen 600 mg, every four hours if needed, Amoxicillin 500 mg, three times a day for seven days and Oxycodone-Acetaminophen 5-325, one tablet every six hours if needed. One thing about me and pain meds is, that I only take them for a day or two and then stop, in order to see if the pain is gone or if I should continue to take them. If I feel that I’m still feeling some pain, but I can handle it without the pain meds, then I’ll just go on without them until I’m completely healed.

Right now, I’m just going to wait until the beginning of 2019, in order to start my plans to get dental implants. I can tell you, that they don’t come cheap at all, but a family member told me about one of the best hospitals in New York city, which I’ve always trusted and is only a few blocks away from my home, where the implants are done by dental school students, under the supervision of experienced doctors, for around 1/3 what it will cost me elsewhere. Once I get the info, I’m going to check it out and from there, I’ll make my decision. I know that everything will work out for the best. All that I have to do is be patient, do my research and comparison before I make my final decision.

With that said! I am  Audi 5000 y’all!