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Title: Tooth related happenings. Posted: September 09, 2010 (08:10 PM)
At work yesterday, one of the kindergarteners who I take care of bit me. He's usually a really happy kid, right up until he's told no. One of the recess supervisors said that he hit a girl, so I told him that he was in timeout. He immediately threw a tantrum, and as I pulled him away from the playground, he sunk his teeth into the flesh of my stomach. I looked around to see a lot of people staring, and I told the other instructional assistant that he was biting me. If he had pulled away, he probably would have ripped my flesh, so I just waited there, made sure he didn't move, and hoped he would eventually let go. After about fifteen or twenty seconds, he finally did.
I came into work today and he greeted me with a smile and a high five.
After work, I had to go to the oral surgeon for a consultation about getting my wisdom teeth removed. Some of the teeth are rotting, and I found out that I have two partial bone impactions. The total for the procedure came out to about $1841, but fortunately, I think my insurance will cover most of it, so I think it will only end up costing between $370 and $650 for me. I'm usually pretty casual about medical stuff because I like to get problems fixed, but I will need to be under general anesthesia for this procedure, which I have never done before.
User: zippdementia Title: Re: Tooth related happenings. Posted: September 09, 2010 (08:27 PM)
It's a good thing you aren't biting people. With rotting wisdom teeth, the best you could hope for is to give them rabies. The worst would be to cause yourself an extreme amount of pain.
The real lesson here is obviously that you need to go online and invest money in an abs of steel program so that the next time a little fucker bites your stomache, he breaks his teeth.
User: WilltheGreat Title: Re: Tooth related happenings. Posted: September 10, 2010 (03:40 PM)
General anesthesia isn't so bad. When I went under for my wisdom teeth (after specifically requesting general anesthetic) it was pretty quick. I remember being asked to count down from ten, I got to about seven and the next thing I remember is waking up half an hour later in the recovery room.
User: bloomer Title: Re: Tooth related happenings. Posted: September 11, 2010 (01:07 AM)
I've had 5 generals, one of them for wisdom teeth removal. Whether by gas or IV, the moment of conk-out tends to be pleasant.
On only one of the 5 occasions (having my appendix out) did I find afterwards that I had lost my memory of the moment of conking out. My memory for that one just extends to lying on a trolley with an IV in me, not even in the operating room yet - then it's blank til I wake up.
For all the other times, I can remember basically right up to and including going to sleep. Maybe because having a gas mask put on your face makes the moment so discrete, that's easier to remember. When it's done by IV there's no clear action to help engrave the moment apart from the counting, if they suggest you do that.
Anyway, if you're interested in tricks of memory and such, having general is always a fascinating experience. It's the only time you might have a chance of experiencing and remembering the exact moment you go to sleep.
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