Ouch, etc.

This last month has been a bit of a blur for me. A week after we moved into our new house, I started to get a really bad toothache. This tooth has been cracked for awhile, and I think it finally broke a little more– just enough to expose the nerve.

From there, it only took a few days to get infected, and then I was in a heap of pain. Anyone out there who has had a serious toothache knows exactly what I’m talking about. Nothing else is on your mind but that tooth, and how you wish you could just rip it out. Although the two pains are a different type, I would say that a bad toothache and delivering a baby is comparable when it comes to the amount of pain experienced (and I have never had an epidural before). BUT — for the record — I think labor is more painful. Not much longer and I will be fully reminded of how that feels! (o:

I don’t like taking medications or pain killers, etc. while I’m pregnant, and I’m certainly not about to have novocain injected into me or get an x-ray of my teeth while I’m pregnant. So, I talked my new midwife into prescribing me an antibiotic (better than the other options) to relieve the pain and to buy me some time until the baby is born. That helped some, but still, every time I would eat anything, my tooth would ache BAD and it would be at least 20 minutes before the pain would subside– mainly because of the nerve being exposed. Then I would dread eating, but that cannot prevent a pregnant person from eating, and so the cycle went on. 10 days later, I finished the antibiotic. What now. It still hurt when I ate.

Then I remembered– about a month or so ago, I was listening to NPR on the radio and they were airing a documentary about the poor people of Appalachia. You know how NPR is– you hear dogs barking or children crying or people working in a coal mine in the background, while the reporter talks about the people of Appalachia like they’re some weird sorry breed of animal, and how sad this interesting breed or speciman really is. They go on and on talking about the horrible conditions that they live in (which really is sad– I’m not doubting that)– but then — I hear a stroke of genious! They would fill their cavaties with candle wax. How brilliant is that?!

And so, here I am, going on day 3 with NO pain. I sealed up my tooth with a little blob of candle wax (unscented of course). I am so thankful for hearing that documentary when I did– I could just hug the person who was interviewed. What a great idea!

So I am now just hoping and praying that it will keep me pain free until after the baby is born, and maybe then we’ll also have some kind of dental insurance (although that may be wishful thinking).

Other than that, (and the really bad cold I got last week) things have been great. Matthew is working 2 jobs for the time being, and still patiently waiting for his Bar results. We all LOVE it here, and the baby is getting huge– evidenced by my massive belly. Looking forward to having some furniture again someday (keeping my eye on craigslist)– we sold it all before we moved from Virginia. We love our neighborhood, our new church, and everything that comes with those things. God has been good to us by making this move work out– the details on how it all happened are really amazing.

I’ll try to keep you all a little better updated in the future, but no promises. (o:

Around the Island
Back in the woods behind our house

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9 thoughts on “Ouch, etc.

  1. Pattie – I hope you feel better. That sounds awful. Do be careful. An infected tooth is dangerous to your body. Is there a local dentist you could consult? I hope you can get it resolved quickly and have full relief. I’ll be praying.

  2. That’s so great that you heard that documentary when you did! I’m going to e-mail you the information for our medical insurance if you’re interested. It is a good way to bridge the gap til M is in an insured position. Have you looked into state Medicare for you all as well? Trust me-I am quite learned in all this between my work at Liberty Mutual and trying to find insurance that would cover Andrew with his multiple pre-existing conditions. It’s almost as painful as childbirth with just as many tears and screams!

    I love the picture of the girls on the header-way too cute.

  3. Thank y’all for your prayers. While I don’t recommend it, we have been without insurance most of our married lives. The Lord always provides…sometimes in creative ways we don’t anticipate.

    While I definitely prefer to be and recommend carrying private (not state) insurance coverage, we have enjoyed an almost decade-long reminder that God is the only real insurance we have in this life–not the state, not some big New York corporation, and not even really our families.

    Not having insurance coverage is not the sign of utter destitution the power-greedy commie politicians make it out to be, although, I think it is the more prudent option when possible.

    On the other hand…wise savings can also do the same thing. I’ve seen some pretty compelling studies about the amount of money given to insurance companies, and what could be done with that money through relatively “safe” private investment elsewhere…even just sticking it in a medical savings account.

    We appreciate prayers very much. Pattie and baby are doing well.

    When the infection gets bad, I have a special voodoo dance I do with a cryptic chant and a special concoction made from marsh slime, oak leaves and shrimp tails. It works in a pinch…

    ~Bon Dufus

  4. Wow – that sounds really painful. I’ve had two babies w/o epidural and if you’re comparing the tooth pain to that — yikes! Very ingenious using candle wax — hope it continues to work for you.
    When is your EDD?

  5. also living insurance free out here. wish we could afford private ins. but that hasn’t been a possibility for years. hip hip hooray for
    that 2nd paragraph, Matthew. God is good!

    although we qualify for all kinds of gov’t “help”, i want to keep my own money and let everyone else keep theirs too. now if we had a fair tax… I’d have more to save but that really has nothing to do with
    the blog post now does it!

  6. Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern.

    I feel so much better now. The wax was very helpful, but I had to keep replacing it (I have ingested a little candle wax this past week!).

    A special thank you to Elizabeth who reminded me of that dental wax stuff for when you have braces. Not only did I find that in the grocers pharmacy, but also this wonderful stuff called Temparin. It’s this stuff that is basically a temporary filling that you can do yourself at home and it was under $5. So so happy to have that!

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