Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Little Update

First of all, I have no idea what's going on with my background and photo bucket.  Hopefully that will get worked out soon.

Anyway, I had my cavity filled yesterday afternoon.  It was an emotional day for me.  I was in a lot of pain and spent much of my "inbetween class" time on the phone with nurses from my dentist's office (they wanted "warn" me that a root canal was looking inevitable and I should get some numbing medicines approved by my ob) and my OB's office (who continued to assure me that I was doing the right thing by taking care of my tooth pain; BUT, did not encourage the numbing drug my dentist recommended).  By the time the final bell rang, I felt sore, defeated, and nervous.  When I think about all the things that can go wrong in pregnancy, I know I will be lucky if this is the worst I have to deal with.  But, at least on Monday, I was struggling with a lot of self-pity and doubting my decision to have anything done at all.  As much pain as I was in, I would be totally willing to put up with it for the next 14 weeks if it meant the difference between a healthy baby or a not healthy baby... But, how could anyone really tell me it would?  And, besides that, a lot of what I was reading on the internet said that a tooth infection was worse for the baby than any kind of "treatment" I might receive.

To make a long story short, when my dentist went in to fill the cavity (which he did with a very low dose  and epinephrine-free anesthesia) he said he was "puzzled" by my pain because there really didn't appear to be much infection/abscess.  In other words, he did not have sufficient symptoms to refer me for a root canal at this point.  This was good news but still didn't explain why I was hurting so much, which is frustrating. Basically, he said we have to play the waiting game and see if the pain goes away on its own now that the cavity is taken care of...

Right now, I'm still having some pain, but I'm hoping that it is just from yesterday's drilling and poking.  Only time will tell.
I also wanted to update that my Poppy is doing much much better.  Thanks for your prayers for him. My mom took him yesterday to see a cardiologist and everything looked perfectly healthy and normal.  They have no idea what caused his fainting episode on Sunday, but have ruled out anything major.  He is still so sad about losing Granny, but doing better every day.  

And finally, in happier news... my Bible Study girls threw my friend Jen (who is due in two weeks) and I a joint baby shower on Monday night.  *I was so thankful to at least be feeling well enough to be able to go and enjoy myself*.  They were so sweet to celebrate us and our little babies-on-the-way.  Jen is having a girl, so I'm sure our little boy will grow up with a huge crush on her!

Here are a few pictures:

NOTE TO SELF: Don't play the "measure the belly with a string game" when you have two pregnant girls and one is significantly less pregnant than the other.  It might be embarrassing when the less pregnant one's belly is wider around than the other's.  Not that I would know. ;)


  1. Sounds like a really rough day yesterday! Tooth pain is no joke. I've had a similar experience before (only I wasn't pregnant). You are already a great mama just for taking all of the precautions to keep that baby boy safe! Hope you get to feeling better soon : )

  2. Oooooh, I HATE tooth problems! Is there anything worse? Hope you're better soon. And I just LOVE the shower pics! Looks like a fun way to forget your pain and suffering!!

  3. Dental problems really are the worst :( you two look adorable with your baby bellies, how sweet of them to throw you guys a joint shower!


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