Looking on the bright side of emergency root canal
Before we get started: Go brush and floss your teeth. And use Listerine to rinse your mouth out. And floss a bit more.
If you can help it, don’t get a root canal. If it’s too late, at least make sure things don’t get to the point where you can’t sleep because it’s too painful to lay your head on a pillow.
It sucks to be at that point.
But, I’d rather not dwell. There were a bunch of other good things that happened, and they’re happier thoughts:
- I was able to take the morning off by saying “I need to go to the dentist tomorrow morning. Sorry I’ll be missing a meeting.”
- I was then able to take the afternoon by saying “Emergency root canal, so, my ooo morning is extending into the afternoon.” in the team chat.
- I was able to see my dentist and get referred over to an endodontist quickly.
- I have insurance that covered most of the procedure, and can afford to pay the rest out of pocket.
- I have good friends who I can put down as local emergency contacts in case something went very wrong.
- Nothing went wrong.
- I’m not in pain. (I am somewhat sore, but, fillings for cavities have left me in worse shape.)
- It was a gorgeous day out today.
- I somehow made it into the office immediately after having root canal, and could celebrate the launch of the Medium Editor on iOS with the rest of the team.
- I held off on having any of the chocolate that was at the party.
- When I made it into the office, everyone who knew was like “Why are you here? Go home and rest!”
- I work with a whole bunch of really fantastic people.
- My endodontist — and not one of his assistants — called up to make sure I knew to take the medicine (ibuprofen) he gave me as I somewhat groggily stumbled out of the office (thanks, laughing gas).