Summer is the season we tend to tackle projects that are harder to addresses during the busier school year. In addition to making time for trips and playing, summer also is filled with house projects, kid training, and appointments…things that are harder to fit in when our schedule is packed with school work and activities.
This summer we seemed to have even more medical appointments, as I hustled to knock out as many yearly appointments as I could to lighten my load once school began.
One of the appointments that was on my “to do” list was a trip to the Oral Surgeon to have Grace and Rusty’s wisdom teeth checked. After the investment we put into their smiles we didn’t want them to lose their pretty, straight smiles because of some rogue wisdom teeth that arrive uninvited.
Last month I set up an appointment at Dr. Ban’s office to have them checked and sure enough their wisdom teeth were all lined up and on the brink of making an appearance so we set up the appointment to get them removed before school started. Grace had three teeth that needed pulled and Rusty had all four.
Our initial plan was to have them get them out the same day and recover together but that plan fell through when we realized that Rusty was going to be out of town on a white water rafting adventure with his Boy Scout troop on the day Grace was scheduled to have her wisdom teeth removed, so we scheduled his surgery for a few days later. It worked out well. Grace had reign of the couch and control of the remote for four days and then handed the torch over to Rusty on day five for his recovery.
Gracie’s appointment was scheduled for Thursday morning. We woke and followed all the surgical instructions (no make-up, no nail polish, no food, no flip flops, etc.) and prepared to leave. Before we took off I gave Grace her recovery basket. I made one up for her and Rusty. They were filled with soft food and silly games and activities to keep them occupied during their time on the couch.
The procedure was surprisingly quick and painless.
Dr. Ban put Grace into a twilight sleep state which meant she was awake for the procedure but groggy. After the surgery she had no memory of the procedure and was out of it the entire trip home. She was very funny to listen to as she proceeded to chat away through the layers of gauze that filled her mouth. I found it interesting that she quickly reverted to sign language when we couldn’t understand what she was saying. Unfortunately I can’t sign so it didn’t help with our communication much. 🙂
On the way home we passed a pet store which prompted her to make a convincing argument as to why we needed to stop and buy 4 dogs. Rusty and I enjoyed a good laugh at her expense. She was quite comical.
Grace ended up spending a few days on the couch.
She slept most of the first day, had the worst pain on day 2, and then swelled up like a little chipmunk on day 3. By the time Rusty returned home he had missed most of Gracie’s recovery, so he was a bit in the dark as to what to expect at his surgery the following Tuesday.
Rusty, too, had an early morning appointment. He woke feeling anxious so it was good we were getting it over with first thing rather than torturing him with anticipation all day long.
We arrived and they took him straight back.
30 minutes later they were loading him into the van for the drive home. It was funny to see how differently Rusty and Grace reacted to the anesthesia. As chatty as Grace was, Rusty was equally silent. Molly had tagged along to help transport Rusty and was secretly hoping for a show on the ride home but was sorely disappointed. The effect of laughing gas on Rusty was anticlimactic and he was silent as can be the entire trip home. Perhaps the medication affects patients by enhancing their natural tendencies…thus making Grace all the more chatty and Rusty all the more silent.
We arrived home and Rusty took his place on the couch that Gracie vacated the day before.
He too experienced the most pain on day 2 and the most swelling on day 3 but none of his symptoms seemed as extreme as Gracie’s. He bounced back easily and within a day seemed like his old self.
Between Grace and Rusty they are down 7 wisdom teeth.
Are they any less wise?
Only time will tell!