Thank you all for the well wishes on my oral surgery! The procedure went off without a hitch yesterday. Or I guess it did; I dozed through most of it. In fact, I dozed through most of yesterday and a good part of today. I’ve been on Tylenol-only for pain management today, and I hope that the grogginess will work its way out of my system by tomorrow.
This is what I’m left with: a golf ball-sized swelling in my jaw and some bruising around my mouth. (The fever blister was there before.) Apparently the swelling is normal and I’m applying heat packs to it today, per the periodontist’s instructions, but I haven’t noticed any improvement. I may need to exercise some patience here.
The worst part of today was the implementation of the aftercare routine, which much to my horror, includes this flavorful antibacterial rinse:
Add 4 tsp. regular, unscented, non-contentrated bleach to one gallon of distilled water. Rinse gently with 1 cup twice a day until your follow up appointment. DO NOT SWALLOW. After rinsing you may rinse with water or a flavored mouth rinse.
Yep, you read that right: bleach! In. my. mouth. Eeeew! I was horrified and tried to find an ally in refusing this rinse, so I checked with the pharmacist. She hadn’t heard of bleach rinse before but thought it was brilliant (traitor!) and assured me that this concentration would be no worse than pool water. Still, it’s bleach!
Other than the swelling and the bleach, I have no complaints. I made it through the soft foods today, and even though I’m already tired of it, I keep reminding myself that there are plenty of folks in this world who would like to have even soft foods to eat. Perspective helps.
And now it’s time to go apply the heat again. And probably fall asleep. I’ll catch up on my reader tomorrow. Meanwhile, I hope you’re having an awesome week!