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!
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.