Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Good-bye #18, Tooth Extraction Day

Warning: Here comes another non-horse related blog post. 

Remember my tooth issues from months past--first, #18 got a crown. Then, #18 got a root canal. Finally, #18 had a broken root, observed during root canal, and #18, it was decided, needed to be pulled.

#18 and I were having a hell of a time with each other. #18 was making my life very, very hard. #18 was dominating my life with antibiotics, pain, dental appointments and expenditures.

So yesterday, #18 and I were parted from one another. It was the first tooth I have ever had "pulled," because I was lucky enough to have kept every one of my wisdom teeth.  I would have kept #18, too. I tried everything before having it extracted.

I went under anesthesia for the procedure because I didn't know what to expect. They started at about 10:05 or so, and, apparently, at 10:23 I was texting my brother. How I was doing that, I don't know, and my text was a garbled mess. It read like this:

    Sure. Coming out of Anastasia mid. it

But I have to say, despite my incoherence, I felt great...until the "Anastasia" wore off.  At which point I had a massive headache and throbbing jaw. Bring on the hydrocodone, ibuprofen, and antibiotics! And I slept most of yesterday away.

Today, I'm light-headed, but otherwise not bad. When the nurse called to check on me, she said that the bone grafting material--apparently, from a cadaver (ewww)--is what is causing most of my symptoms. (I elected to replace #18 with a fake #18, for which I needed a bone graft.)

I'm not sure why I'm light-headed today. My husband thinks it's because of the hydrocodone I took last night. (Btw, it will be my last.) Besides my headache, there really isn't any pain. A little in my jaw, which makes me think they must have done some yanking around in there to get the tooth out. But this light-headedness is awful!! I just want to get back to living life.  I want to go snow-shoeing!!

Speaking of which, I saw this article yesterday in the WSJ, written by Betsy Morris: 

For Better Health During the Pandemic, Is Two Hours Outdoors the New 10,000 Steps?
The physical and mental damage inflicted by Covid has doctors, researchers and others racing to tap into nature’s therapeutic effects

"Spending time in the woods—a practice the Japanese call “forest bathing”—is strongly linked to lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones and decreased anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Scientists have repeatedly found that human anticancer natural killer cells significantly increase after walks in a forest. In one such study, published in 2010 in the Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents, the number and activity of killer cells increased in a group of twelve healthy men after two walks, each two hours long, in a one-day trip to a forest park in the Tokyo suburbs. So did anti-cancer proteins, according to the research led by Qing Li, an associate professor at the Nippon Medical School. Cortisol in the blood and adrenaline in the urine significantly decreased. The effects lasted at least seven days, the researchers found."
Time in a forest is linked to decreased inflammation, which has been implicated in chronic disease."

"A study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports in 2019 found the 20,000 participants were significantly more likely to report good health and well-being when they spent 120 minutes or more in nature a week. The good vibe peaked at 200 to 300 minutes a week. Anything less than two hours didn’t make a difference."

"Gretchen Daily, at Stanford, thought it would take “a really immersive experience” in nature to produce a significant benefit. As research, she assigned 45-minute walks to each of two groups. One group walked through the hills, the other down a busy, but still tree-lined thoroughfare. “I was shocked,” she says. On a series of cognitive tests afterward, “there was a massive difference. It’s not like they were in Yosemite or the wilderness,” she says, but the hill walkers performed dramatically better. Bottom line, she says: 'A 45-minute walk in nature can make a world of difference to mood, creativity, the ability to use your working memory.'"

It really makes me want to strap on my snowshoes and hit the trails...but currently I'm just too dang dizzy!


  1. The meds are probably making you lightheaded so if you stop them you should be okay soon. I had two of my teeth replaced with implants. I had to wait months to get them because they needed to wait until my bone grew etc. I guess you took the short cut with bone grafting.

    Interesting about being outdoors. I believe it, it makes sense. Who wouldn't feel better being outside in nature instead of inside being bored.

    1. I'm not exactly sure what the reason was for bone grafting, but I still have to wait four months before an implant. I found this excerpt on another dental website:

      "We frequently recommend bone grafts at the same time as tooth extraction in Auburn, CA, especially if a dental implant has been chosen as a replacement option. This is referred to as a ridge preservation graft, and it is placed directly into the socket immediately after tooth removal. The bone grafting material keeps the bony walls from caving in, providing a firm, solid foundation for a dental implant in the future.

      This type of graft does not cause any additional discomfort during an extraction, as the site is already accessed for the tooth removal. In most cases, the site will need to heal for approximately three to six months before an implant can be placed."

      I didn't like the sound of the word "cadaver" when he was explaining the process moments before anesthesia--or "Anastasia". lol. I woke up this morning wondering who is in my mouth.

  2. I sure hope you feel better soon! Did they explain the bone grafting to you before the procedure? I think I would have balked at getting cadaver bone!

    1. Thanks! I’m starting to feel better. And I got to hear my future grand baby’s heartbeat and see him / her on an ultrasound today at only 7 1/2 weeks, so that pepped me up.

  3. Anastasia, too cute! Made me smile. Being light headed is no fun, glad you are starting to feel better. Your bone structure must have needed an extra base. Sorry about the icky thought, but hey it is better than having problems down the road. Saw your reply to Shirley, congrats on what I am assuming (?) will be your first grand cowgirl/boy!! I am not surprised one iota by the "mind/health affects of being in Nature" research. Being outside in Nature is what I live for, and have experienced it's positive affects my entire life. I think everyone has. It makes you feel more alive. I've said many times, being in nature is my church. I wish everything wasn't quantified tho, sigh. It translates to "if I don't do X, then it doesn't count". I get research, and guidelines but...this exercise police wholeheartedly believes and knows that ANY amount of time in nature is absolutely beneficial!!! Walking/other movement, or even just breathing it in ALL counts. I only wish I could spend two hours improving my health in nature. With all that said, I am glad the much needed positive affects are getting National attention. It is in part why I have been fairly miserable the past two weeks, haven't had my daily outside time. Tried a mini walk with the labs yesterday (we got up somewhere in the positive teens, felt like a heatwave!) but our snow is too deep for the fine hair on their legs, 12-18" base is the most ground cover we have had in years. I am heading out today without them & hope you get out soon too!!

    1. I feel better today. Yay! A little headache, but no light-headedness. The bone grafts come from organ donors, so I’m very thankful for that, but my body is probably still in the process of integrating new cells. You’re right, I must have needed it. The other options are taking bone from other parts of your body or using synthetic. I didn’t have a pre-consult appointment because I knew it was a routine procedure. But I have done a lot of looking up since it was done.

      yes, this is the first grandchild from my kids, but my husband and I have been married almost twenty years and in that time his kids have had fourteen beautiful babies which made me a grandma and that have filled my life with so much love. They have been some of my greatest joys, and many of them have joined me in a love for horses. I am so happy that one of my children are finally joining in and giving us one, too! I started to wonder if it would ever happen.

      I think the two hours in that article was the total per week. I’m sure you get way more than that just around your house with the horses. Living out of the city, it’s built into our lives. When I drive through neighborhoods, I don’t know how they can handle living so close to one another. So for them, it’s probably very challenging to get that 2 hours.

      It sounds like scientists and developers are trying to plant more trees and simulate the same effect. When I was a kid we lived close to neighbors but they had left forest space in between housing areas. We would play and play in there. But now they build every square inch and place houses so close you could probably pass objects to each other from your windows. City dwellers who occupy apartments and condos, even more so. I wondered how they were surviving the lockdowns. It must have been very challenging with restaurants, entertainment and gyms closed—all the normal things that add to city life.

      Enjoy your ‘heatwave!’ Our forecast is 33 degrees! Woot! Woot! Our kids are in Houston and the weather is colder than here and they’re without electricity. Hoping and praying this Arctic blast passes soon.

  4. Duh, I do recall reading about some of your grands. I am always up early, but takes me a while to be fully awake. I wouldn't do well living in a city. They are fun to visit, but I require outdoor space. Hope your Houston family does okay and they are able to get electricity soon. Enjoy your balmy outdoor time!


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