Survived the Root Canal

I did it… I survived my root canal.

I never did like dentists, but I am happy to report, the root canal was done last Friday. It wasn’t as bad as I had thought it was going to be.

The endodontist said that I had really hard teeth with four nerves and one really curved canal. It was so curved that he broke off a piece of his file way down deep inside my root and wasn’t able to get it out.

He told me that this would not be a problem and not to be concerned. He was able to get enough of the rubber material around the file piece to protect the root from infections setting in.

The root canal procedure was not very painful, just the initial jab of the needle of Novocain. I should say three jabs of Novocain to kill all the pain. He made sure I was pain free by putting a cold instrument against the tooth to make sure it was very numb.

Needless to say, when the procedure was done and I was on my way home, the mouth was not working properly.

Four hours later the Novocain wore off and I had a partially ground down tooth with a substance on top of it resembling a small white band aid.

All weekend I had to make sure that I did not eat anything on that side of my mouth. I had to do this to keep from biting down on the tooth and possibly splitting it in two.

Monday it was off to the regular dentist.

She made me a temporary crown for the tooth. This too was pain free. But why wouldn’t it be? There are no nerves left in my tooth.

The permanent crown will be in place just before Thanksgiving.

So that was my weekend.

Now for ROW80 Check-In:

I did not make my intended word count. The tooth proved to be too distracting.

What I did accomplish was about 2k or 3k words for the whole entire weekend. I guess that was better than no word count at all.

I was stuck on a scene, but thanks to our speaker at my writers’ group meeting this weekend I was able to push through the scene.

Hope the rest of you are having good progress with your work in progress. See you all next round.

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Writing Road Salt: Like Pulling Teeth

What an analogy.

I guess that is what it has been like with getting this Work In Progress done this time around. Just like pulling teeth.

Oh no!

Last night I had a dreaded molar break on me while I was eating supper. Now I have to make a trip to the dentist tomorrow to see if there is anything they will be able to do for it besides pull it.

The original filling is still in the tooth and I’m sure that it may have been one of the reasons that the tooth cracked in the first place. My filling is one of those silver fillings. I hear that most dentists try to avoid using the old style silver fillings because they do just that. The can cause the tooth to crack over time.

It is bugging me too. Not that it is hurting. It is just annoying to feel part of the tooth jagged and almost broken down to the gum line. I don’t want to wait too long; I have a fear of getting an infection in it.

It bugged me so much last night that I did not write nor did I play World of Warcraft. Instead my tongue kept me busy as it constantly rubbed against the jagged edge.

At first I thought it was the molar next to my wisdom teeth, but it wasn’t. It was the one in front of that one.

ROW80 Check In:

This week I added another 1k words to Road Salt this week, now at 16k words. I am slowly getting this done, but it has been hard. Teen drama is not one of my most favorite genres to write. I am doing this because I was asked to by my son’s rehab counselor. Plus years ago I promised my readers that there was going to be another book to go with Friends of Choice.

In general, I have found drug addiction a hard topic to write about but yet it affects so many lives in our world, not just our country.

Some countries are having serious issues with Bath Salt usage. The United States has gone about banning the substance from being sold on store shelves in most states. But the problem still exists. The product can still be found at online sites around the world.

So hopefully I will be able to educate the public about Bath Salts when I am done.

Guess I had better get to work and get writing so I can get this done.

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