Ever since Monday evening, the entire left side of my jaw has been hurting — from the middle of my chin to my left ear. Tylenol doesn’t help. Cold used to help, but not anymore. Heat doesn’t help. I even took a codine-laced Tylenol last night, and it dulled the pain enough to get to sleep. Unfortunately, I woke up at 3:30 am when it wore off, and I couldn’t get back to sleep until just before Merkin got up for work. I know it was just before because I heard him hitting the snooze on his alarm, but I didn’t hear him get up later.
So in the wee hours of this morning I surfed the internet for possible causes of my symptoms — something you should never ever ever do (for obvious reasons). I found a site called “misdiagnosis.com” or something. Who the heck wants a misdiagnosis? And a self-made one at that? Whatever. Then I located some sort of “ask a dentist” site, and I think I might have an infection under my crown. The one that was put in months ago. I could be totally wrong, but the symptoms all match. I made an appointment with the dentist. I’m not going to tell him what I think is wrong — I’m just going to tell him my symptoms and let him figure it out. We’ll see if I’m right.
Unfortunately, my appointment isn’t until tomorrow morning. I had the option of 8:30 am, 9:30 am, or 11:30 am. I figured I’d never make it to the 8:30 — even if I were to wake up five hours earlier (like today) — but I didn’t want to wait for 11:30, so my appointment is at 9:30. I’ll let y’all know how it goes. Meanwhile…I’m hungry, and the only things we have that I don’t need to chew are
- ice cream
- whipped cream
- chocolate syrup
- lemon pudding (but it’s still in the box, not premade)
- yogurt (which I hate unless it’s Yoplait’s raspberry chocolate mousse flavor)
This is not really conducive to healthy eating, is it? So what have I had to eat so far? I chopped up a square of Trader Joe’s Pound Plus milk chocolate bar and let it melt in my mouth. I have a sudden craving for mashed potatoes. Well, actually, I really want fries, but those have to be chewed. This sucks. Which reminds me that sucking also hurts, but not as bad as chewing. Sigh.