Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Back from the beach!

We made it back and had a great weekend with my brother and sister-in-law and her family. The weather was so nice! We had an interesting turn of events, however, in terms of that pesky tooth that I thought I had done away with. It started Friday night when I began to have excruciating pain (worst than before) in the area where the tooth was extracted and the pain was going into my jaw. I was very anxious because the pain shouldn't have been that severe. I tried to tough it out into Saturday, but the pain was getting so severe that even the Vicodin mixed with the 800mg of ibuprofen wasn't working at all. Interesting enough the only thing that brought some relief was drinking cold water and swishing back to the area where the tooth was. Anyways I called my friend who is a Dentist and she at first thought it was something called dry socket where the clot comes dislodged after a tooth extraction, but after consulting with another dentist they believed I had an infection that somehow worked it's way into my bone causing the severe pain. Yikes. It was pretty bad. I was so anxious, this is one of those times that nurse logic works against you as you contemplate all the "what ifs"; I was thinking that it was something really bad because I had never had such severe pain. God was so good to me during this time, even in the midst of it He gave me much grace and peace and continuously reminded me of His promise to sustain me and help me. Anyways, my dentist friend saved me a trip to the ER in OC and called me in a really strong dose of antibiotics and then gave me a double dose of Vicodin mainly to help me to sleep because I had gotten little sleep in 2 days. Well God is so good and suddenly Sunday night when I was the most weary and the pain was getting so severe all of the sudden it stopped. God answered our prayers and the pain was gone. Although I am still really sore I am full of faith that God is working through this trial. And all in all we were still able to enjoy our trip. We had a great day Monday and overall it was a nice relaxing trip and we got to spend a lot of time together. If you guys could keep praying for me as my doctor isn't sure if there could be a bigger problem behind this. Because of my syndrome they think the pain could possibly be Neuralgia ( a nerve problem) which would make sense because I have 12 nerves on the right side instead of the normal 5. If you could pray that the pain doesn't return and the that it was just an infection which has been dealt with by the antibiotics. Also I am in the process of finding a maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in my syndrome (hemifacial hyperplasia) which is rare and hard to come by, so please pray God would provide the right person and that they will be on our insurance plan!

Soon to come, pictures from our trip ;)


Hannah said...

We're praying for you! Love you!!

Cherai said...

Hey Laura and Lew.
I've added this new dimension to my prayers for you both. Take care, Laura and I hope you're feeling better soon.
Love, Cherai