Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"It's Official ..."

As Debbie would say, "It's official. I'm one of the 5-10% of post-wisdom tooth extraction patients stricken with alveolar osteitis." I have dry socket. The dentist put some clove oil on a piece of gauze and packed it in there.

Fun!

This seems like a medieval remedy to me (like a concoction you put on and then sleep facing the north with a wooden spoon hanging over your head to keep away the socket-drying spirits or something), but clove supposedly deadens the nerve endings.

I think people used to chew clove-flavored gum back in the day. Maybe that was when sap of a mandrake root was a treat or something because this stuff tastes awful.

11 comments:

samurai said...

Yuck... I really feel bad for you... I was fortunate enought to NOT have that problem...

praying for you...

Patriot said...

Oh man - I'm sure that's nauseating!

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Tyler said...

On good golly, I'm so sorry! But I had to crack up at Debbie Downer.

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PJ said...

Brings back painful memories! The clove oil used to come in a little bottle with a cheezy tweezer and tiny cotton balls -- you could apply to toothache (or cavity where tooth used to be) yourself. What was that stuff called???

thouartloosed said...

Oh no Linda. Yours is fast becoming one more wisdom tooth horror story. Which is why I am not ever never ever going to let my dentist talk me into having mine out.
Hope you are better soon.
Kathy

Susan said...

Wow...that's amazing. I used to chew that clove gum when I was at my Grandpa's...that and Teaberry.

:-) Susan

Ann said...

I remember clove flavored gum HAHA!

I'm sorry about your condition, Linda!

Deven said...

Bummer, dude. FYI -- clove gum used to be my mom's favorite. It got really hard to find (shock!), so I think she's switched. She really likes cinnamon too.

Laura said...

How awful - and even the condition sounds medieval. I didn't have that either, but I was so curious to learn about people who did.

Hope you recover soon!

Jerri Phillips said...

Linda,
Take it from someone who has had THREE dry sockets in her life. Do NOT let them tell you it'll be fine in 3 days. You'll be back in their office the next morning weilding a machete threatening anyone who does not have novacane. Keep the packing for at least 5 days, let the tissue heal, and be comfortable. It's a drag, but having had a bulging disc in my back, knee surgery, and 2 babies (1 without meds), I will testify that dry sockets are the worst pain I've ever known in my life.

Be good to yourself.

Nise' said...

Ditto to what Jerri said... my son was told to keep his pack in for a week. I was with him when they packed it in....it was not pretty and I was crying 'cause he was in so much pain. He is better now!