It's a sign of how anxious and upset I am, not to mention how much pain I am in, that I am even mentioning this to you at all.
I had some dental work done in November, and ever since then my face has been hurting.
Yes, for six months.
Displaced pain that covered all bases from my front tooth to my back, and from my eyelid to my ear, made me suspect that my nerve, never pleased with dental work, had finally frapped out. I delusionally hoped it would get better...for SIX MONTHS.
Went to the dentist last week and was told I had an abscess forming for the last SIX MONTHS, and that I must be awfully strong to have fought it off.
I AM strong, so I thought, "Good! that's what it is."
Ten days on antiobiotics prior to a root canal, and there is no change in the pain.
Root canal is in one hour.
What if it only makes things worse?
What if the poking and prodding around with the needle ONLY MAKES IT WORSE?
And I can't NOT pursue a solution, because the pain happens mostly when inhaling cold air (so, six months of the year) or when talking while smiling.
TALKING WHILE SMILING, people.
If you know me, you know that non-treatment is not an option.
BECAUSE I TALK WHILE SMILING. Like, constantly. I am friendly and happy.
Imagine me without smiley-talking. Unthinkable, right?
Please do not tell me "Oh Shannon DON'T get the root canal! My BF did that and she has been in pain ever since!" or whatever horror stories you have. Because it will be TOO LATE because I am leaving for the dentist in THIRTY-EIGHT MINUTES and in the intervening time I would like to lie in bed sobbing with the duvet up over my head.