Lessons Learned Following Wisdom Teeth Out

It is coming towards the one week mark since I underwent wisdom teeth removal. Thankfully, I only had the top two taken out. During this time period, I have learned many things. Some lessons were more difficult than others, some lessons were enlightening, some lessons were downright hysterical. Regardless of each challenge that I was faced with, I believe I have learned more about myself and others than expected.
So what did I learn? Ahhh here is goes – LESSONS:
  • Attitude is everything – period.
I have always known this however it was never made more clear to me than while resting at home. While in recovery mode, I could only eat soft food and nothing hard. This was tough for me, because I was having my crouton withdrawal. Oh gosh, anyone knows how much I love croutons. Thank you Dr. Hilgen for your resolve – a resolve that resonated in my mind from the moment I woke up: “Okay, what do I seem to need to do to get better?”
  • When people want to help you, LET THEM!
Letting people help me does not come naturally. While this trait is viewed as stubbornness, it is born out of being the rock in everyone else’s life. I am the one who takes care of people. I am the one who does for others. I am the one who solves every single problem. For me to allow another person to help me get into bed, help me get dressed, do things for me is unheard of! Yet, I allowed (and continue to interestingly allow) some very dear people of mine to do what tasks are still a bit way beyond my ability. I have got the rest under control now!
This was the hardest lesson for me to learn, accept and embrace. Yes, there were moments for all my caregivers when I flipped. However, my anger was never because of them and what they were doing. It was always born out of frustration at myself. Doctors make the worst patients, followed by nurses, followed by me. That much is clear. I can never repay those who cared for me (and continue to care for me). Surprisingly, herein lies a secondary lesson:
They do not want to be repaid! They did this out of selflessness. They did all this because they care. They did all this because they wanted to. To let others do things for you and to simply be grateful is what it is all about.
There are four stages in life:
1) You believe in Santa.
2) You do not believe in Santa.
3) You become Santa.
4) You let others be Santa for YOU!
  • Only you know your body and what it can or cannot do.
No matter what someone wants you to do or thinks you should be able to do – if you know you can not do it then DO NOT DO IT! Not all people are made equal. Nothing is the same as working with the people who have been with you on this journey for countless years. As a patient, I believe you MUST open your mouth and say “No, I can not do that and I will not try.” Bad things can happen and will happen if you do not do this. If someone thinks you are not trying, then find someone else!
  • Pain killers and medicine are not my friends. Warning: TMI!
From oxycodone to … whatever the hell I was taking, ladies and gentlemen it takes a long time to get this crap out of your system! The jury is still out on which side effects are the worst: from “system backup” (hello prune juice) to withdrawal symptoms (headaches, tiredness, sweating). My body is just starting to get back to normal.
So when asked to “pick your poison,” I think I will stick with a bag of croutons and juice.
  • Pets know and must participate in your healing … so accept it.
The more you push the dog off your lap, the more determined the dog becomes. Your pets know you are hurt and not feeling well; all they want to do is nurse you back to health. Rylie does not leave my side.
  • Sleeping only on your back, and trying to sleep anywhere else sucks.
I can not lie – your mouth hurts and it makes your whole body weak! Gravity always seems to want to win.
  • When not only one, rather two qualified people tell you recovery will be rapid:believe them!
I could continue this list, however I think everyone gets the idea. Every day since I had the top two of my wisdom teeth out, I have made incredible strides toward full recovery. I know the “fixing up” part of things is still ahead of me. I welcome it because I know better days are coming. Let us face it — this is not my first time to injury, so I can already envision being back to normal and I CAN NOT WAIT!

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