Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Harrowing Week

I haven't gone into details about what has been happening on my blog, instead just trying to keep family and friends updated on Facebook. I've had a harrowing three weeks. I went in to get a routine root canal that became anything but routine. I had terrible pain afterwards and knew something wasn't right. I went back the next week and my dentist tried to go in again and see why I was having all of this nerve pain. He could only go so far without me wanting to hit the ceiling. So instead of finishing the root canal, he put medicine in there to kill the nerves. It still wasn't helping. I went back again and he tried again (bless his heart). He felt terrible and was just not understanding why my tooth was acting so weird. Again, more medicine to kill the nerve but no luck. I was still in a tremendous amount of pain.

At the beginning of the week, I called first thing in the morning. He got me an appointment in Portland to see a root canal specialist. I went there and after what had to have been the most painful shots in my life, the specialist proceeded to do another root canal. Everything was looking good until he took the rubber band off of it and I jumped with the shooting pain (this is while it was numb). Afterwards it kept hurting and hurting, so I called my dentist again and he said that he suspected that I must have a hairline crack that they couldn't see. My options were now to get the tooth pulled as soon as possible. Incredibly, he got me an appointment in Portland (about 1 1/2 hours away) for that day. We were going to Portland anyway to get Andrew's cast removed.

I also chose to go the expensive route and get an implant. The root canal specialist found a fairly good size crack in the molar behind the one that had been root-canalled. So you can't get a bridge if it's the last one anyways. So after all that pain, my tooth is out, an implant put in and now am waiting to heal up. Yeah! I thank everyone for all of their prayers for me. I don't know how I got through it without them. It's tough to be a mother of six with chronic pain! God gave me strength and my husband was very supportive. He was even able to take time off of work so I could get that third root canal done.

We have not been in debt for years, so it feels weird. I don't like it, but I didn't have thousands of dollars laying around. God will provide and it will all get taken care of it. This is why I would probably never get rid of my credit card, for these kinds of emergencies. I also want to start saving for the next inevitable implant for my back tooth. I'm glad we have our little tax deductions!

This bouquet of flowers were just delivered to my house. It is from my dentist and oral surgeon. I thought it was so sweet! Not once did they make me feel like a wimp or just tell me to suck it up. I really appreciated that.

The lesson I learned from all of this (I'm always looking out for what God is teaching me) is I can't plan anything. I can sort of make a sketch in my mind, but when God is holding the reins, I need to go with the flow and trust Him. I learned that God can heal even for a little while. A woman prayed for me in church. Literally, laid her hands on me and a warm feeling came over my body and the pain instantly went away until the service was over. I questioned God. I didn't understand why He didn't heal me when I knew He could. I still don't understand it. But I know God does not tease us. There was a purpose in it. I think He wanted me to get this fixed BEFORE I went on vacation. I would have probably just been in pain the entire vacation if I wouldn't have removed that tooth. He loves me and cares about those kinds of things. It has also drawn me closer in fellowship with Him. Whenever we experience a trial we must press in. When we do that, we get to know Him better. That is always my heart's cry. To know Him better. Thank you Lord for accomplishing that!
Here is Lily not too thrilled with the second trip to Portland in two days. We have also found out recently Jessica gets car sick when she looks out her window. She hates traveling now. We have never had a kid that was car sick. It's quite unfortunate because we love to travel.
I thought this was a cute picture of Lily Pie with her brother's sunglasses on. She just loves them and actually keeps them on.
My folks took three of the little ones the other day. I just had my two oldest and Lily. We took a rare trip to the fire station to visit Dad. It was fun to visit without them all running around in different directions. I'm not sure what Marcus is doing here, but I thought he looked silly!

I'm sorry my posts haven't been real "deep" lately. I am scheduling my posts ahead of time, which has been very beneficial to my family because I'm not as distracted. God keeps working with me on my addiction to the computer. I have to be very careful to not let it consume my life. I must keep a balance.

Blessings my sweet friends! Thank you all for your loving and sweet comments. They cheer me up so much and God uses you in mighty ways to encourage me.
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Jen@Scrapingirl said...

Holy moly!!! You poor thing, that sounded awful!!! I'm glad they figured it out finally. Mommas can't afford to be in pain, we have to work through it. BTW, both of my kids get carsick. Sassy is worse though. But if we are driving more than an hour somewhere, we have to put on a movie, then she is fine. Or for shorter distances, if we are listening to any book on CD, she is fine also. Strange. I get carsick with the thought of watching tv in the car. :)

Angela said...

Thank you for sharing. Your words through your trial brought comfort to me, helping me to focus...I NEEDED that right now.

So much of what you wrote really touched me since I could relate to it so much (ya, even the tooth and the root canal) but SO much more about on the spiritual aspect of it...

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. God DOES call you to my heart many times. Now I KNOW why He has been more so lately,,He IS so good.

Loved the pics. That Lily billy (I call my daycare child that is named Lily that sometimes, just too cute with those awesome glasses. Loved the pic with her and hubby. I will have to show my daycare children the firetruck and your son...they LOVE firetrucks!

Amy said...

I feel for you. I hope that you are feeling better and are healing well.

I don't do well on long trips. I do better if I sit in the front or drive. I get sick in the backseat.

Have a wonderful day.

J said...

I am so sorry you have been in so much pain!!! And I'm thankful they got to the bottom of it. And I'm thankful it's done with before you go on vacation. Hang in there. You are an inspiration to me and you point me to Jesus.

Parsley said...

What an ordeal you've been through. I'm so sorry. Praying Stacie.

LizyBeth said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling back to normal, and the pain is gone. That alone can make all the difference in the world. Praying you have the opposite kind of week for the next while. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm in that same dental dilema, no new credit. It's so (ridiculously) expensive even after the insurance. I pray lots about my teeth. About car sickness- we have one that gets car sick, the first time she was about 4 and had been looking out the window. What we've found out since is that it's cause is in eye tracking problems; like when the eyes aren't tracking together, the brain gets confused and that disrupts the motion sensors we have. The best defense in motion sickness medication, the arm bands didn't seem to help much. On our big 6500 mile trip she was sick a few diffferent times, we could never pin point commonalities. Good luck with it- be prepared.

Leslie said...

Oh my, what a horrible experience. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better now, and that God used this time to draw you even closer.

My oldest son (who's now 10) gets car sick really easily, as has since he was just a few months old. Dramamine is the only thing that helps him, and even though I try to do things as natural as possible, I don't hesitate to give it to him.

Connie said...

Oh my. That was an awful experience. So glad it is behind you and that things are healing.

You did find God so faithful. May the rest of the summer be very enjoyable for you.

Anonymous said...

Oh Dear just the thought of the pain you must have endured makes me shiver. I'm so glad you can put it behind you now.

And as an official member, I'd like to welcome you to the implant club. I had one done in October and had the crown put in in February.

The whole thing scared me beforehand and had put it off to the last possible moment - but the process was easier and faster than a root canal I had years ago. The hard part is behind you now - when they put in the crown its a piece of cake. Worst part is doing the molds - yuck!

God bless and feel better.


Camille said...

Oh dreadful for you!! Of course they wouldn't tell you to "suck it up"!! I used to work in that industry before is tricky and can be SOOOO painful!! Hang in did the right thing with having the tooth out...nasty business.

Don't apologize for lighter posts...we all understand!! There is a season for everything...and we as Moms are called to our families FIRST!! Day by day...with HIM.

May the LORD continue to bless you with His peace and grace.

With Love,
Psalm 138:8

RaD said...

Hey I was scheduling my posts too! Boy does it free up time. Glad to know I am (once again) not alone in this computer addiction.

Also glad to know you are feeling so much better!

deyoder said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry! What an ordeal! I love that you're finding Him in it! I'll be thinking about you! Hoping recovery and traveling actually go hand in hand and make it easier to heal...sometimes getting away and leaving the day to day, allows you to relax even more!

OurLilFullFam said...

I am glad you are feeling better, but wow what an ordeal!

I get carsick if I try to read. I hope she gets to feeling better soon and can travel easier.


Muthering Heights said...

I'm so sorry to hear that!!! :(

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

You did amazing despite being in so much pain. It was truly inspiring. I'm so glad things are better and you were able to enjoy your vacation without being in such terrible pain. You also did a good job with rolling through the punches. I'm praying God will provide that money for all the dental work.

singing mama said...

Oh Stacie, how full on for you!!
I understand you very much as my back wisdom tooth is cracked and broken and I am having it taken out on monday due to the severe pain I have being in for the last few months and the last 2 weeks especially.
I am so glad you had a dentist caring enough to listen to you and help fix the problem!
Hope you have a quick and gentle recovery!!
Luv Donna

Catherine said...

You looked SO good yesterday morning that I forgot to ask you about your dental issues. I long for more time with you, Stacie. And Lily Pie is, of course, darling!

Linda said...

I would love to pick your brains about the implants. I want to feel not so scared in case I have to have one. My periodontist wants me to have two as he says I am in constant pain all the time, just not really aware of it. The other day I was counting my teeth to find the one the hygienist says is the one I have to keep especially clean and with the light pressure of my finger I could feel the pain, so it is there. For now I am trying gum surgery. It is 5 1/2 hours and we still have 3 kids at home, but not the same as little kids. Still it will be a big day.

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