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I’m surprised to find that I’m still knocked out from yesterday’s periodontal surgery. I always forget the depressing effect that surgery has on the bodily system as a whole — surprisingly so, in this case, because as surgeries go, this was nothing: a couple of hours in the chair, a molar implant in the right lower jaw, and gum reflection with extended blasting and jackhammering in the upper left. I figured I’d be right as rain this morning, with nothing more than some lingering discomfort — but when I got up to go to work, with jaw throbbing, the old mule just balked. I collapsed back into bed, where I slept until 2:15 in the afternoon. I can still barely shift from place to place, and I expect I’ll tumble back into the sack again shortly.

I’ve had several surgeries over the years, all of them orthopedic work (Achilles-tendon and ACL repairs, etc.) and this is what happened after each of those too. I was surprised though, that the mechanism would kick in for something as minor as this. But kick in it did, in spades; I guess the body just insists on devoting all available resources to damage control. If you’ve ever seen a hurt animal, you’ll have seen them doing the same thing — finding an out-of-the way place to curl up and lie motionless — and that’s all I’m good for today.

So no post today.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve just had a tooth out, bottom row, in the middle so I look a bit gappy, in fact, now I dare not wear my check cowboy shirt lest people think I’m an inbred hillbilly! I asked how much it would cost to stick a ‘falsie’ in attached to the teeth either side. £500 was the reply. I pondered on the problem of whether to squidge up 10x £50 notes and stick them in my mouth, or instead, spend them on something I want.

    You can call me ‘Gappy’, if you like!

    Get well soon!

    Posted December 8, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink
  2. Well, at least your irony generator is still posting.

    Get better soon.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  3. Bill says

    Even cataract surgery which is a half-hour local procedure can do this.

    Posted December 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Thanks all! Feeling much better now.

    Posted December 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Permalink