Site Columns By Caillan
October 2, 2002 - 6:48 PM

Hello World!

The wisdom teeth saga is now over - they came out last Friday. I've been recovering from the operation over the last few days - my face ballooned into a football, I could barely speak, and had to survive on baby food, ice-cream, and custard. And let me tell you, that's not as great as it sounds. When everyone else had pizza on Saturday night I was crying out for something savoury, and I was sorely tempted to try a piece, but it wouldn't fit into my mouth.

After the mashed apple stage I progressed onto luke-warm soup and scrambled eggs, until finally today I ate my first sandwich. I can't tell you how great a ham sandwhich tasted after all that mush. However, as post-operative experiences go, it wasn't too bad, especially since I spent most of my time in bed watching Babylon 5. On the afternoon after I was discharged from hospital I made the mistake of watching 'Monsters, Inc.' - very funny film, but it hurt me too much to laugh.

I think they were happy to get rid of me at the hospital after the operation, as I was getting very restless. I arrived ultra early and spent my time "reading" 'The Illiad.' I say "reading" because my mind wandered so much I didn't take anything in, and I watched the children's morning shows instead. They were going to give me pre-op medication because I get very nervous (especially around needles), but they moved up my operation before lunch, so there wasn't time. Thus, I was fully conscious when wheeled into the operating theatre, which seemed to be maintained at sub-zero temperatures. Because I was shivering so much, they stuck what seemed to be a blow dryer under the blankets to warm me up. So that's how I went out - with a gas mask over my face and a blow dryer stuck between my legs.

After the operation I had a drip stuck in my left hand, and I absolutely hate anything being stuck in my hand, because it's all I can think of. They gave me some trashy magazines to read to take my mind off it (Penelope and Nicole are still apparently hot topics in the tabloids), but I became so restless they had to call my parents. I kept slipping down in bed, spitting out blood, and went through about 3 boxes of tissues. At least when I went I was able to get the damn drip out of my hands.

My face is still slightly swollen and I feel a bit washed out, but otherwise I've recovered pretty well. I doubt I'll be able to say the same about my bank account though - the bill arrived today.

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