I had my wisdom teeth removed earlier this month, and man, I should have done that back in high school! I think the recovery would have gone a little smoother ten years ago.
But I didn't get it done back then, and try as I must, I couldn't avoid the procedure any longer.
I lived on smoothies for a week afterward. In spite of being super paranoid and avoiding solid food like the plague, I still managed to partially dislodge one of the blood clots.
Talk about painful.
That unfortunate event resulted in four additional trips to the dentist to have a medicated dressing inserted into the socket (ouch!). It wasn't a pleasant process, but the relief that followed was worth the momentary discomfort.
While I waited for my mouth to recover, I spent more time than usual resting (which is hard for me to do because I always feel like there's something that needs to be done). My wonderful husband stepped in and took care of some things that I normally would so I could nap during the day or sleep in a little longer in the morning.
I had to reevaluate my priorities during this recovery time, because I just couldn't do everything that I usually do. Here's what I've been reminded of:
- It's not the end of the world if dishes pile up in the sink every once in a while. Sometimes it's more important to spend that time reading a book with my son.
- Taking a nap myself during nap time can be a good use of time.
- Spending time in Scripture is a must. Every day, but particularly when I'm tired and in physical pain (dry socket, anyone?). While I may have had reasons to be short, grumpy, and impatient, I am still without excuse, and filling up on the Word of God is essential to avoid falling into those sins. Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11).
- ... But in those times that we fail, God's grace is sufficient for the believer. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
So tell me, do you still have your wisdom teeth? If not, how was your recovery?