Monday, June 27, 2016

The First Quarter Of 2016

Eventful would be the best word to describe how my year started; my first toothache and a root canal, gutting fish, visa application and approval, loss of a dear family member, travel plans, a small vegetable plot and an aphid infestation, conflicts at work. An at the time that I started writing this, it was still February!

I had my first root canal. It wasn't as bad as I thought. The toothache that came before the root canal, however, was another story. I never had perfect teeth but my parents made sure that I had my teeth checked and cleaned by the dentist at least twice a year since I was in preschool. Going to the dentist is just routine. Mostly for check up and cleaning and the occasional filling if needed. I had some porcelain crowns installed when I was still in high school and had braces a few years ago but my teeth are clean, I have no cavities, I've never had a toothache in my life- until the first wk of January.

It started with a "zing" on a particular tooth. It felt strange as I seldom feel that "zing" or ngilo. I've tried having my tooth drilled without any anesthesia and not feel the zing. I thought it was nothing and just let it pass. The following day I felt the tooth was tender. Is that even possible? It was like my tooth had a bruise. However I just ignored the discomfort thinking that I just something hard and that it will just go away the following day. It did not.

The first time I felt something not normal on my tooth I was so sure which tooth was affected. Just two days after, I felt like my head was going to explode! I never felt anything like it in my life! My whole face was in pain and it took every bit of energy in my body just to open my mouth. That day I rushed to the dentist's clinic and made an appointment and the rest is history.

To be continued