The One-Two Punch

A couple weeks ago I started having some tooth pain and it got bad enough that on one Thursday night I was only able to get two hours of sleep. The next morning I went to a nearby dentist to have them take a look at it. It was a fairly large clinic and they just passed me from person to person and with each new person, my symptoms changed. They eventually did an x-ray, wrote me a referral to a different place and charged me $100 for this checkup, they never even looked in my mouth.

I then went off to my regular Friday morning chiropractor appointment. During the visit my chiro asked how I was doing so I mentioned my tooth. He recommended that I go to his dentist that was right down the road, and even had his secretary call to see if they could fit me in. So right after my adjustment I went over to his dentist.

This was a much smaller office and she was able to get me in fairly quickly. She did some x-rays and did a few tests and determined that I probably needed a root canal on my right rear lower molar and wrote me a referral to a doc she likes. But before she sent me on my way she also cleaned up some sloppy filling work from my previous dentist and did a small filling. This visit cost me $160 but I was much more confident in her and her referral than the previous place.

Immediately after leaving her office I called the place she referred me to and they told me to come right over. As soon as I got there they greeted me and had me start filling out the paperwork. It wasn't long after I was done doing that when they had me in a chair and did some x-rays and other tests. They determined that my molar was infected and it was probably due to my previous dentist not getting it clean enough before doing a filling on that tooth, no matter the cause, it was due to for a root canal. They opened up the tooth, did some quick cleaning then filled it with antiseptic and closed it back up. I made an appointment to have the actual root canal done a week later and gave them $400 for this visit.

For the next day or so the pain was gone and I carried on with my life. Then on Sunday the pain started coming back and by mid-day Monday it was at full force. I called the dentist to ask what I could do other than the regular OTC pain killers and there wasn't much. However, they did call in an antibiotic subscription to a pharmacy that I knew I could stop in at with my big truck. So I picked that up and started on it right away while still keeping up with my OTC pain killer routine.

On Wednesday morning I was feeling pretty good, the tooth pain was goin away and my back was feeling pretty good. My girlfriend(more about her in my next post) had stayed the night in the truck and started heading home when I left my Super Secret Parking Spot for my morning pickup. At the warehouse I had started moving my things out of the trailer when the last thing I was expecting happened, by back popped and I collapsed to the ground in pain. Up to this point my back pain had been a slow build and fade as it gets worse and better, I had never had a single moment that caused sudden pain like this, and it was much more severe pain than I'd experienced before. The warehouse manager was nice and helped get my trailer ready to be loaded.

I immediately called my boss and left a voicemail explaining what happened and also texted my girlfriend to let her know what happened. Even though I told her not to, she turned around and came to the warehouse to help me out. My boss called back and told me to drop the trailer at our drop yard if I thought I could still drive the truck. Once my trailer was loaded I had another one of our drivers load my stuff back into my trailer and wound up crawling on my hands and knees back to the truck. My girlfriend sealed up the trailer and helped me slide the axles then followed me to the drop yard.

Once at the yard I had another one of our drivers unhook my trailer for me then my girlfriend took me to my chiropractor for the most painful adjustment I've ever had. I then spent the rest of the day resting in bed in mys truck just trying to find a way to get comfortable for more than a few minutes. My girlfriend was super nice and did some housekeeping in both my truck and car and even went to get food for us and dropped my laundry off at the cleaners. Sometime around midnight I still wasn't able to sleep and had some pretty intense pain so I finally told my girlfriend that I wanted to go to the hospital. She looked up the nearest hospital on her phone, helped me out of bed and into her car and shuffled me off to the hospital. Once there she called in sick to work for the next day and helped me with paperwork and such.

I knew there was no real solution to this problem at the hospital, but at that point I didn't really care, I just wanted the pain to go away. Without too much waiting they got in a bed and after a few quick tests they couldn't do much but treat the pain. So they hooked me up to an IV and gave me a couple doses of Dilaudid and a prescription to Vicodin and a muscle relaxer. After getting back to the truck I was finally able to sleep for a few hours before the Dilaudid wore off and the pain returned, just a couple hours before the nearby pharmacies opened up.

Once again my girlfriend came to the rescue by taking me to the pharmacy. Next she took me to my root canal appointment. The root canal went by pretty quickly and the doc was good enough that I fell asleep while she was working on me. on the way back to the truck my girlfriend picked up my laundry, took me to the detist to ask about getting the crown done and helped me get back in the truck so I could try and sleep off the day.

The next morning she had to go to work and went off to my friend Stephanie's house where I spent the weekend laying on her sofa taking a round of pills every six hours and trying to sleep as much as possible. Then on Monday I visited the chiropractor then headed up to my parent cabin where I've been resting since. The tooth pain has gone away and the back pain isn't as severe, but just twisting to look over my shoulder causes a pulling in my back. Standing up straight hurts and just looking down or walking too fast isn't so great either. I don't know how long it's going to take to heal enough to go back to work, but I hope it isn't too long.