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I had my tooth pulled 5 days ago and it hasn’t been a fun experience. The oral surgeon had a great bedside manner but didn’t sedate me for the extraction. I really wish he had. Thankfully, I didn’t feel any pain until late that night. Ibuprofen worked well so that I could sleep.

I was religiously following the dentist’s directions so that my gums would heal. I was afraid of a dry socket, but didn’t have one. My stitch fell out today but every little sensation in my mouth scares me. I couldn’t see the hole, but my husband looked in and said the color was very good. That was a relief.

I’ve been eating soft foods, like broth and ice cream. Today I broke out some soft bread and that worked alright. I hope that I won’t have more teeth pulled soon. That one couldn’t be saved (not even a root canal).

I mentioned to one of the dentists that Sjogren’s patients lose a lot of teeth. He was almost angry and said that wasn’t true and I shouldn’t read on the internet. I was pretty annoyed at his attitude and comments. Almost every tooth I have has at least one repaired cavity. Most of them have two or three fillings.

I dread the future of my teeth, because it won’t be pretty. I’ve been getting my mind off the teeth by watching a new British police drama. I love to turn on Roku and watch all the episodes in a row. It helps a bad day to pass more quickly.

What do you try when your health problems are overwhelming? Stay in bed? Try to work through it? Get your heating pad plugged in? I like my neck massager, too. I hope that you’ll all have a low pain weekend!

@copyright, Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern please consult your personal physician.

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