The first 12 hours – Monday 7 November 2pm to Tuesday 8 November 2am
As I mentioned in my previous post, I got up at 2pm and felt great.
I spent the rest of the afternoon getting some work done and felling pleasant overall.
As evening fell, I decided to make a quick visit to a local supermarket and spend my last $10 or so on some corn chips and salsa, which in recent months has become a favourite nightly dish.
At around 7:30pm, my right ear started aching. That was annoying, but eventually it faded.
Not long after that, though, my rear top-right tooth started aching.
And it ached for a while.
I took some regular aspirin, and the pain in my tooth lost some of its intensity.
But over the next half hour, the pain not only remained but also travelled. It moved from my rear top-right tooth to a few of my rear bottom-right teeth, and after a while there it moved down to some of my front bottom-right teeth. Finally, it would move to a point near my right chin, stay there for a while and then completely fade away.
This was my first experience with ongoing dental pain, and fortunately the aspirin blunted some of its intensity…but while it hadn’t caused me great agony, it had been troubling because it had lasted so long and had moved about.
Good grief – no wonder people hate dental pain.
Tomorrow morning, I would definitely be making an appointment at my health fund’s dental centre.
By 9:30pm, however, the pain had been gone for about an hour, and I rang my friend interstate and we talked for about an hour or so. It was great to speak with him again.
The rest of my late Monday night was very mellow. I had my corn chips and salsa, surfed and played games. After midnight, I checked my bank account online to see if my pay had arrived, but not yet. Not to worry, though.
Around 1:30am I started feeling sleepy, and decided to call it a night.
I brushed my teeth and gargled with mouthwash, a usual routine that I enjoyed more that night because I saw it as helping against my toothache.
I settled into bed with a grim yet engrossing book that I was reading for the third time – Michael Bilton’s Wicked Beyond Belief, about the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper that took several misguided and tragic wrong-turns.
After 10 minutes or so, I put down my book and closed my eyes.
My rear top-right tooth had started aching a little again, but I ignored it because very soon I should be asleep.
The next 6 hours – Tuesday 8 November 2am to Tuesday 8 November 8am
An hour passed.
I hadn’t gotten to sleep.
The pain in my rear top-right tooth was still there.
At around 3am, I got up in anger and disgust and turned on my computer.
For the next two hours, I surfed and drank some water.
The pain in my tooth went away.
At around 5am, I became sleepy again and returned to bed.
I read some more Wicked Beyond Belief until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, and got comfortable.
Soon after, the pain returned.
I mentally gritted my teeth, tried to ignore it and focused on getting to sleep.
Another hour passed.
I didn’t get to sleep.
At around 6am, I once again got up in anger and disgust.
But as I sat down again in front of my computer, I almost burst into tears from sheer frustration against my fucking toothache and not being able to sleep.
I went to my health fund’s website.
Their dental clinic opened at 8am.
Good. That was only two hours away.
I surfed a little more, and then showered and shaved.
At around 9am, I left for the dental clinic, which was just under 30 minutes’ walk away.
It was a humid morning. Ugh, but there was nothing I could do about that.
I headed into the Sydney CBD, hoping that I could get an appointment.
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂