Monday, June 16, 2008

If only my teeth were REALLY wise.....

Sorry for the 5000 posts, but ive got to catch up....ive been gone for a week AND i get to enjoy the HORROR of my wisdom teeth being extracted tomorrow. OH joy...so it will be a few days before i can post anything else



speaking of my wisdom teeth....I only have 2.



"Why staci?? Why only two??" you ask



Well my dear sistas, and the 1.5 brothas that read this blog, i have done this before....yes I BRAVED the world of SCIREX and lived to tell the story!!



"Whats SCIREX Stac?"



SCIREX is.....well SCIREX is um HELL!!!



It is a place that you go to get tortured for money......yeah thats it.



Okay so really its a place that you give of your self for the studying of different pain medications........torture. pure torture. I DONT recommend it.



Have i amped up the story yet??



So Im this naive lil 21 year old back in good ole 2000, AND poor as dirt as most us young newly married folk are....and I had this BRILLIANT idea i was going to go get my wisdom teeth removed at SCIREX. At the time I made a whole 6 bucks an hour as our church receptionist, and my hubby was a manager for Petros Climbing Adventures where Im pretty sure he didn't make much more......so our total combined salary per year equaled less than average, lets just say we thought about applying for WIC when Logan was born.....not that that is terribly bad......:) AND neither of us had dental insurance......so naturally when you hear the words free AND compensated you really dont have a choice in the matter.....you just "take one for the team" which is exactly what i did......



I show up for the screening, and basically they ask you all those uncomfortable questions such as: "when was your last menstrual cycle" and "Do you take any illegal drugs" "When was the last time you smoked a cigarette" Im like "am i on candid camera....are my parents secretly taping this to find out how much of a sinner I REALLY am?? lol kidding..... Anyway that part went fairly smoothly, and I must admit i was hooked when they told me i would be receiving 450 dollars.....that was like winning the lottery....i actually had to keep my composure for fear i would freak the nurse out....but i was JUMPING up and down inside.



Moving right along.....i was told to have someone drop me off and then pick me up 24 LOOONG hours later (looking back this would be because i may have had some CRAZY reaction to these drugs they were testing on me, and may not have been able to drive, who does these things to themselves for money....i am SUCH a MORON!!!!) anyway, AND they tell you to bring ONE change of clothing and a tooth brush and THAT IS ALL FOLKS!!!



What they FAILED to tell me was that I should have had a check book as well, to pay for the IV sedation and or laughing gas (which is ironic cause this is NO laughing matter). Yeah um someone skipped a step in the process and did not tell me to bring cash or check so that I wouldnt have to listen to them RIPPING MY FLIPPIN TEETH OUTTA MY HEAD!!!! And just to make matters worse it had to be paid UP FRONT, so i had NO choice but to take the option three...........LOCAL ANESTHESIA!!!



"Are you freaking kidding me"



No, no im not.....



So im like "Stac, your a trooper, suck it up, you can do it!!!"

So....... that I did, I told the lady at the front with the sweetest smile i could muster....."OH, um, okay, yeah sure, thats fine, mmmhmm." "450 dollars staci, 450 dollars"



I hear my name being called, I walk to the room, and they tell me "Hi, Staci, Okay first we are going to go ahead and insert this IV, (okay side note I HATE IVS, they hurt like Hades, not to mention my veins SUCK so I usually have to have an IV specialist insert one, this became even more clear with this episode) only they decided (since they are apparently BRILLIANT) that they wanted to put it just below my bicep area..........yeah.......i know........all you nurses are saying "WHAT THE???" WHO DOES THAT.....i even said

"now im no nurse, but um....yeah.....WHY???"

And they proceeded to tell me it would make my "stay" more comfortable, because i was going to be having blood drawn every hour. First of all, all i really wanted to say was "no (insert choice word here) Sherlock" "what i meant was WHY are you putting an IV in my shoulder?"

But they tried anyway and what do you know.....

it didnt work....

However i got a nice souvenir, a soft ball sized bruise and looked like a heroin addict that couldn't use certain veins anymore so moved to more difficult ones.......

Anyway, im like "okay, really, it CANT get any worse RIGHT?" WRONG!!!

So then i see it....yeah IT, the big Bazooka sized needle.....GRRRREAT!!! He tells me, "Okay now this is going to sting a lil" A LITTLE?? ARE YOU JOKING!!! IM NOT FIVE!!!! IM NOT GOING TO RUN TO THE PRIZE BOX AFTER THIS, YOUR YANKING MY TEETH OUTTA MY HEAD FOR GODS SAKE!!!

Whats worse (dear God HOW can it get any worse) he POKES ME WITH THE NEEDLE IN THE FREAKIN LIP!!!! Which woulda been okay if i was getting my lips done, but IM NOT!!! GEEZ

By this point im contemplating getting up outta this chair, cold cocking him right in his chin and bee lining right outta there.....why i didnt.....i still ask myself that question.

There is some humor to this story, and that was when he proceeded to hand me some head phones and told me i could listen to some "music" would take the edge off......

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA

DUDE your gonna have a DRILL in my mouth, im thinkin i wont be able to hear a darn thing, THANKS BUT....... NO!!!!!

SO THEN (theres more??? oh yes) He starts drillin, and i mean to tell you it was the worst noise i could possibly EVER listen to........and a few mins in the surgery my tooth pops up and almost goes down my throat.......FIGURES....oh but thats not the best part my friends.....his sidekick CAPTAIN IDIOT, decides to throw me in an upwards motion so as not to swallow the darn tooth, and Doctor Death FREAKS OUT, and starts screaming obscenities to his assistant which at this point if he hadnt i would have, i mean the guy had about a million tools in my mouth that could have sliced me open in a split second. HOLY CANOLI I thought i was going to be a witness to a murder the way he scolded her.

When all was done I was shuffled into a holding tank with about a bazillion other lab rats.....where we were forced to eat PB and J all night and watch each other drool....oh and lets not forget there was no sleep because of the hourly blood draining.......so they give you this "pain med" and a stop watch and if the pain ends you stop the watch....mine never stopped.....you see I got the placebo.............OMG!!!! I know you are shocked!!!! You must be right??? :) So i finally told one of the nurses, um yeeeah your gonna need to give me a rescue drug and a guarantee that im gonna get my 450 otherwise yall are D-E-A-D!!!

I was NOT a happy camper!!!

So the night was HORRIBLE with a capital H and when jay came to pick me up ON THANKSGIVING DAY i looked like a chipmunk with a deformation cause i only got two out....they only do two at a time......and that day sucked just as bad because who wants to watch their entire family pig out on Thanksgiving feast and be in sooo much pain you cant eat???

Did I mention I got a dry socket???

Now do you know why i am sooo thrilled to have this done???

*UPDATE*

Yes I am alive and well after visiting the best Dentist in the free world Dr. John Leland

So he gave me these two lil blue pills and all i remember after that was saying something to the affect of "im a lil sleepy is there somewheres i can go lay down?" Then I woke up at home at about 8pm to the lovely sounds of sibling rivalry!!! I am still in a lil pain....okay so i feel like i was punched in the jaw right below the ear.....however painkillers are my friend, they help me through the day, and keep a jolly smile on my face. :) see??

Seriously all is well and i couldn't have asked for a better oral surgeon, he even called to check on me....What a guy!!!

62 comments:

Baird's Blessings said...

You are crazzzzy! I need to have all of mine pulled but I am terrified. I was told about Scirex and was actually considering what you have said I will pay to have mine pulled....eventually! I will pray for a better experiance for you! I look forward to the post after.

THE Stephanie said...

Well, you ahve 2 things going for you today: #1 you're not going to Scirex, #2 Dr. Death is not on duty!! lol

Chris Rasco said...

I had mine taken out in high school by an oral surgeon and it was a cake walk. Some discomfort and the numbing from tip of the nose to my chin was a bit wierd. Took it easy for a day or 2 and then I was back up and going. i did have big swelling though.

HipMomma said...

Everyone that googles scirex will now be spared the torture. You have done your duty. Oh, man. I have to have mine out, too. I'm pretty sure it won't be as bad this time around.

Erin The Great said...

That sucks!!! They tried doing local anesthesia until it was abundantly clear that it wasn't working... that's when they knocked my butt out! You are a trooper and my hats off to you!

Gina said...

Oh. My. Nellyness!
I am in pain just from reading.
I have never heard of this oral surgery HELL. I had the uppers out in highschool, and the lowers out in my mid 20's. But I have a BIG mouth and the regular dentist was able to get ahold of those suckers and just pull. Amoxicilin and extra strength tylenol and I was back to work in 2 days.

Ritch in Love said...

Just reading about the sound of the drill made my teeth chatter and I got chills down my back! Argh! Like nails on a chalkboard! Glad all is well. Found your blog on the Saucy Feature of the Day! Congrats! Cute blog!!

Toni said...

Oh you poor girl! I had my wisdome teeth out but I was put to sleep. I hate dentists and would have walked right out if I had to stay awake during that.

Michelle said...

Poor thing!! Im glad to hear things went better this time around and that you have your friend painkiller with you :) !! Get well soon!!

"I wanna be BLOGALICIOUS!"

Sheri said...

Oh my holy heck! NO WAY! I am so petrified OF pain, there is no way! You are so much more of a woman than I'll ever think about being!

Talisman said...

Ok I got about to the headphones and then stopped because I was getting dizzy. :P I guess this was better than selling yourself to dirty old men on the street, right? ;)

Marianne said...

Hi! found you on SITS. Great story, except *shudder* ugh. I don't like the dentist and I don't think you could pay me enough to go through that with no anesthetic.

Great writing! and great design!

scargosun said...

Wow. I had mine done in college and there was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to be awake for it. I hope that the most recent experience was a much better one.

Congrats on SITS! Get ready for some bloggy love!

Melanie said...

OMG! You are crazy. I think I would have hurt somebody.

At Home Redesigns said...

This doesn't exactly instill faith in our medical care system, does it? You are a trooper, though! Found you on SITS.

EmBee said...

Ooooohhhhh, this post brought back so many horrible memories of my wisdom teeth extraction. I was throwing up non-stop from the pain med with all that cotton in my mouth... I had cuts around the corners of my mouth from having it forced open wider than it would go and I too ended up with dry socket.

I've told people I would be willing to have 10 babies before I EVER went through the pain of having my wisdom teeth out again.

Congratulations on this second extraction being relatively pain free and bravo to you for being willing to go through it again.

Karen said...

Over from SITS.

OWWWWW. My wisdom teeth were removed, many, many, many years ago and I was not awake for the procedure. Just reading your experience gives me phantom pains where they once were!!

Glad this time it was a better experience and hope you're feeling MUCH better !!

Katy Lin :) said...

omw woman! you're insane! i'm glad this experience was better for you! :) congrats on the SITS feature!

Sherri said...

Wow!! I though about having Sirex do mine but I am glad that I didn't!! I actually work part doing clinical research but ours is MUCH NICER we don't torture people!!! Thanks for the read SITSTA

Mrs. R said...

Yikes! This time will definitely be better, as there is nowhere to go but up!

KC said...

OH MY GOD!! I was squirming and cringing the entire time I read this blog. I don't know how you did that.

Glad to hear you have a regular dentist (not the evil and free kind) and that you are doing well after your latest adventure in dental surgery.

No more scirex.

Rhea said...

I always heard those advertisements and considered for a moment doing it....then figured I end up going through exactly what you did. OMG What a nightmare! I'm glad you're second experience was much better. :o)

Smoochiefrog said...

Bless your heart. I'm glad everything turned (came?) out ok the second time around. Have a great weekend!

Kaza said...

Wow, what a drama! Dental dramas are the WORST. So glad you found a good one in the end.

You have a beautiful family, what wonderful photos in your other post!

Jenni said...

If I needed wisdom teeth that needed to come out, they wouldn't. Not after hearing all that! I close my eyes when I get my teeth cleaned, 'cause I don't want to know what's going on in there.

MomMega said...

Woo weee! That is a crazy experience!! Thank heaven for Oral Surgeons, huh?

Happy SITS Day!!

Kris said...

here via SITS - I had a friend use that evil place...it was bad bad BAD news.

Cristin said...

That's just insane. I am horrified by the dentist.... I have one more wisdom tooth to go and am putting it off... reading this isn't getting me to run to the phone to make that appointment anytime soon either!!

Neurotically Yours: said...

OMGosh! You are one brave woman.

I hope you bought yourself something nice with that mula!

Tausha said...

Hello again! I think I have been here before!

great times Huh?

My experience was not even a memorable one. So sorry that yours was so horrible. When it comes to the teeth or mouth or anything in it-i hate it! I hate it!
did I meniton that I hate it? So Sorry!

Jennifer P. said...

Poor thing! I'm glad you can laugh about it all now!

Sadly--I would have done the same thing for $450 dollars too....

Merrie said...

Wow. And I thought having all four of mine out while under was a tough experience. My extraction was done in Candyland compared to yours. I hope this latest event went better -- it has to!!

trashalou said...

Will he share those little blue pills??

Maternal Mirth said...

I was awake for my wisdom-removing day ... I actually heard and FELT tooth grinding on jaw bone ... ick.

I am so glad you had a better experience this time 'round :)

trashalou said...

Do you think he would share those little blue pills?

Caroline said...

Yikes! Sorry about that. I had one wisdom tooth pulled in the dentists office, but the other three were pulled during major jaw surgery I endured when I was 17. Hope you feel better soon.

Party of 5 said...

You poor thing. I was in High school when I got mine out. The Army dentist in Germany thought it would be best since I was graduating and why not get the money from the Army (yes he said that). I was awake and listened to Runaway throughout it. LOL He told me there was no way I was running away...LOL. I hate the dentist so much I even made my Mommy sit in the room with me (I was 18). After though I had some good drugs. Glad this experience was tons better for you. I found you through SITS - congrats on being a featured blogger.

Mamasphere said...

I still have all four of my wisdom teeth. They NEED to go, but I just can't muster the courage to do it.

Adiel said...

Usually I roll my eyes at people who freak out over the removal of wisdom teeth, but this was a pretty bad experience for you!

I had my teeth removed two at time as well, both times I was wide awake. Local anesthetic, no big deal. The first time, I took a loritab that night and I was at work the next day. The second time, I took two ibuprofen and took a dance class that night.

my2boyz said...

Oh you poor thing! I only had 3 wisdom teeth, weird huh? Glad you got through it!

Debbie said...

I was told I needed mine out by the dentist. I was all set to get them pulled sitting. While sitting in the chair, he notifies that me that I really didn't need to afterall but it might be a good idea anyway so that I don't get any cavities in them. Uh, let's see, that would be a big fat NO! I'll just brush and floss them really well. SEE YA! I got out of there as fast I could. I hope you are enjoying being SITS Queen of the day!

Nicole said...

Oh my heck, that sounds awful. I can't believe thats all legal. I hate the dentist, last time I paid the extra 30 to get the laughing has. I remember the poor days though, we even used WIC, where they they make you feel like the worst mom in the world if you quite nursing before 1 year, so glad that's over.

Judy Haley said...

ugh, i wish i could forget getting my wisdom teeth out, and i had the benefit of better living though chemistry.

Melissa Lester said...

Oh, this makes me so thankful that I was not born with any wisdom teeth!. And I have never heard of Scirex before, but don't think I want any part of that either!

Gina said...

Oh my gosh- I'm sorry- I tried really hard to read this post word for word- but I just couldn't- I mean, my feet are hurting SO BAD from reading this!!!! ow!ow!ow!ow!
(yeah, I have this weird physiological foot reaction thing to anything painful or gross, like needles and IV's and stuff like that).
ow! ow! ow! ow!!!!

AFRo said...

I'm sorry. This post was about dentists and teeth and I have EXTREME issues with both subjects. So, CONGRATULATIONS on being a featured blogger today!!!

Hairline Fracture said...

That's just wrong--no one should have to go through that kind of ordeal!

Bethany said...

That is just awful!!

Came over via SITS...after reading this I almost hate to say it but

I wanna be Blogalicious!

Michelle said...

Wow. All I can say is Wow. Ok, that and thank GOD I was born without wisdom teeth (sorry). What an ordeal you went through, but I totally get the doing things like that for money when you're young and poor!

Givinya De Elba said...

I am gobsmacked (pun sorta intended there.)

Are you for real? I have never EVER, E-V-E-R, in my entire life, EVER heard of anything so ghasty, except perhaps for torture procedures in awful countries.

Is this even legal? I'm going to have to Google Scirex to see what the deal is. I'm a bit scared to though.

Givinya De Elba said...

Okay, so I just googled Scirex, and i sort-of get their deal. But why did they draw blood every hour?

This is what their website says, and this didn't seem to be -err- present in your experience!

"It is our commitment to provide excellent medical care to every study volunteer. Full-time medical professionals, including trained research physicians and nurses, are focused on providing the highest level of service to ensure your safety and comfort."

Pah.

Oh I'm so sorry you had to go through that! Glad you got an oral surgeon the second time around!!

GdeE

Sunshine said...

I. Cannot. Believe.

I've had the wisdom teeth pulled there is NO WAY I could have been awake for that. No flipping way.

PB&J???? Hellloooooo???? (smacks head)

Anyhoo...I'm very glad you're alive to tell that story, cuz it was a good one. Don't do that again though. mmmk? ;D

Alicia said...

Holy Cow! That's crazy, I can't believe that they actually did that, but hey being someone young and getting a good deal, you can just learn from experience- right? LOL

Congrats on being SITS blog of the day!

Vicki said...

Wow! I've never heard of getting paid to have your teeth removed. That sounds like an absolute horror story. One of the ones where you're thinking to yourself that you have to make it out alive because you just know it's not your time to go yet :)

Mama's Losin' It said...

UGH!!! I hate dental work!!! I hope you recover quickly and I hope ou got your 450! What we'll do for a little cash. :)

WheresMyAngels said...

My wisdom teeth removal was a breeze. but having my front tooth crowned was not, especially when it fell off during my class at school and I had to walk around with a little stub of a tooth in the front of my mouth. tomorrow I pay out over 3000 for my 15 year old to get 1 crown, 11 fillings and two teeth pulled. I told them just to pull them all and give her dentures. It would be cheaper, but they just looked at me like they were going to call DFS!

Jennifer said...

OUCH!

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Samantha said...

I am a college student & was seriously considering getting my wisdom teeth out at Scirex... I already have an irrational fear of it, though! I'm glad you reccommended Dr. Leland, I think I would rather have peace of mind than $500!

Staci said...

Glad I could help samantha!! Although it has been 12 years since then, hopefully that oral surgeon isnt there any longer!!! Good Luck, leland is great. Tell him the Loalbo's say hi if you see him!