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The story of the visit to the surgeon... Okay, so I braved the morning traffic, after dropping the boys off at a friend's house, and made my way across town to Churchill Drive. There I faced the oral surgeon, who was just like a dentist, but with a nice view of the dense bush across to Wadestown. He was a tall, glamorous Indian surgeon, with the usual surname of Patel, rather like Smith in English or Leota in Samoan or Chan in Chinese *g* and he said the lump on my tongue didn't look like a bad thing but wouldn't go away by itself, so would I like him to whip it out! I said, you tell me. He said, with the most extraordinary bulging of eyeballs for emphasis, that he could do it in five minutes with a stitch at the end. Quaking desperately, and thinking about the long journey to get there, I agreed to have it out then and there.

It took him a bit longer, and three big fat ugly black stitches, but at least I couldn't feel it. I felt quite odd afterwards but they must have known that would happen, and put me in a Lazy-Boy chair for ten minutes. I got back to school in time for my second lesson but my tongue was fat and I couldn't talk. The class was sympathetic and worked fine, and so did the next two classes. By lunchtime my mouth was REALLY HURTING LOL and my friend, trying to co-write reports with me, decided I had to go home so she dobbed me in to the administration and I got the official word to leave *g* (I had no classes, my Year 12s were out on Work Experience). That was nice, because man, does it hurt. I have two kinds of painkillers and antibiotics, and I only wish I knew which pain killers to take when! One is more for swelling, I think, the ibuprofen, but I took the other ones at two pm, because they looked like they have codeine *g* I'm not really used to taking painkillers, so hopefully they will work well enough - but right now IT HURTS!!! I just have to take Christy to clarinet at seven then I think maybe I'll go to bed! I have stitches for ten days. They look AWFUL but luckily few people see the side of your tongue in normal conversation! Thanks for all your care and concern. At least the surgeon didn't think it was anything sinister. He thought maybe I'd bitten my tongue at the start of the year and the lump just formed. I kept thinking of the young man at the Seatoun Bookshop who died of cancer of the tongue. How awful that must have been for him, poor guy. Such a nice guy, too.

And ooh, it's nearly six pm, I think I can take some more pills!

So that was my day, really, dominated by the pain in my mouth. How intense it can be, and how inwardly-focused, to feel such pain. It's like nothing else is as important. I can see how it could change you, long term, being in pain. I just have to think how lucky I really am.

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margaret_r
May. 22nd, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
OUCH!! You poor thing. I hope it settles down soon and you start feeling a little better. Did the Oral Surgeon say he was going to send what he excised off for testing? ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory as well as a pain killer.

Maybe you will need to take tomorrow off work as well, let the tongue settle down more without the stress of having to teach.
natesmountain
May. 22nd, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
-Maybe you will need to take tomorrow off work as well, let the tongue settle down more without the stress of having to teach.
Heh, that'd be nice. Probably not an option just now though, with our big Mission Day on Friday. Nice idea though! Mmmmmmm....

Thanks, though. I thought that the ibuprofen might be for inflammation. I think the other is codeine. I'm tempted to just take the whole lot at once.

-Did the Oral Surgeon say he was going to send what he excised off for testing?
Ooh, you have all the techy language! Yeah, the surgeon said they'd test the bit they took. When I saw him take that out of my mouth, I closed my eyes for the rest of the procedure! I could feel all the awful things happening, but I didn't want to see any of it!
margaret_r
May. 22nd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
Well I reckon three stitches in your mouth qualifies you for a day off!

I'm tempted to just take the whole lot at once.
Don't think that would be a good idea!!

Ooh, you have all the techy language!
I've worked in a hospital for nearly 20 years so you do end up picking up some of the jargon after that long:-)

I would have had my eyes closed from the start! I do hope you're feeling better by tomorrow - take things easy and be careful.
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natesmountain
May. 22nd, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
Thanks
-(And yay for painkillers. :-) )
Hee! I rarely take anything at all. So these should work pretty well, huh! I've been following your struggles of late, and it reminds me that I'm very fortunate as mine should pass quickly.
I do hope you feel better soon, Elly-welly *hugs you back*
microjotz
May. 22nd, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
Oh well done. So glad it is over and I hope it stops hurting very soon.
natesmountain
May. 22nd, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, it's good to get things like that over fast, I think. No time to dwell on a return visit. I just wish it hadn't been quite so painful LOL! I wasn't expecting that. Still, I think we can cope with just about anything if we try, huh.

I miss our lovely chats on Yahoo! I wish I had more time here. One day, one day, I'll be back.
sheaj34
May. 22nd, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
poor you.
Hope you are sleeping Ok and the pain not disturbing you. They reckon that the mouth heals itself very quickly, so let's hope you have a speedy recovery. Least it is done now, best that it is getting checked out too. Take Care.
natesmountain
May. 23rd, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Re: poor you.
Thanks.
-They reckon that the mouth heals itself very quickly, so let's hope you have a speedy recovery.
Thank you. I'm sure I'll be fine in a day or so.
- Least it is done now, best that it is getting checked out too.
Yeah, I think they check out all the things they take out of you.

moth2fic
May. 22nd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know!!
*is mortified*
*sends all the care and concern that should have been sent earlier*
Query: did all this start while I was away??

Please take care of yourself and allow the school to decide whether you're fit to be there!! Do you have to go all the way back to have the stitches out? I'm so glad it was 'just' a lump and 'easily' dealt with, even though you are experiencing a horrid time temporarily.
natesmountain
May. 23rd, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
-Query: did all this start while I was away??
I have had the lump since February, but I tried to ignore it.

-*sends all the care and concern that should have been sent earlier*
Hey, we're all busy at times, don't you ever feel you missed something.

-Do you have to go all the way back to have the stitches out?
Yeah. Thursday week. *shudder* last time I had stitches out I nearly fainted!! I HATE that too!

But yeah, it was just a lump. I hope *g* Thank you for your caring comments *hugs you*
vivh
May. 22nd, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
So glad it's all over and doesn't seem to be anything serious. Sorry it's so sore though, hope the painkillers worked and you managed to get some sleep!

If it is still that sore when you get up you really ought to stay home... Hugs and prayers.
natesmountain
May. 23rd, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
-Sorry it's so sore though, hope the painkillers worked and you managed to get some sleep!
Yeah, painkillers are pretty good LOL!

-Hugs and prayers.
Thank you! I do appreciate it.
greenpizzazz6
May. 22nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear that it was nothing too serious!

Make sure you're taking those painkillers right, you don't want them to make you sick or anything.

Hope you're resting comfortably, and that the pain eases a bit by morning.
natesmountain
May. 23rd, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
-Make sure you're taking those painkillers right, you don't want them to make you sick or anything.
Yeah, didn't you get sick from those?! Yikes!

-Hope you're resting comfortably, and that the pain eases a bit by morning.
And now it's evening and I'm a bit miserable, mostly inside my mouth, but I'm getting there! Thanks!
greenpizzazz6
May. 23rd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, didn't you get sick from those?! Yikes!
Yeah, and we have customers all the time with problems!

And now it's evening and I'm a bit miserable, mostly inside my mouth, but I'm getting there! Thanks!

It should get a little closer to better each day. Hopefully it hurries!!
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