I had my post-op visit with the oral surgeon this morning. I didn't actually see him, but his nurse. That was fine by me since I was all about getting out of there as quickly as possible. Anyway, she and I were talking about the numbness I still have on one whole side of my tongue. Now, why is this a big deal you may ask. It's a huge deal because I can only taste food on one side of my mouth. This is tragic! I love food. This week alone, I'm making two new recipes. I made one last night and couldn't even taste it. Such a pity. Later this week, I'm making a new recipe for empanadas and I really want to be able to fully enjoy those. Looks like I'm just out of luck.
You see, anytime they surgically remove your wisdom teeth, there's a possibility that you will have nerve damage. It really depends on how far down they have to go in order to remove the tooth. They make you watch a video about nerve damage and have you sign a release so that you can't hold them liable if you are permanently damaged. Since I had no alternative but to have these two wisdom teeth removed, there's nothing I could have done to prevent their removal or any damage done. I could not leave them. The nurse seemed surprised when I told her I still had numbness and I also explained that my bottom teeth were also still numb. I can't feel them when I brush or eat. It's very strange. She told me that sometimes that is normal. Some people will have numbing for longer periods of time and that slowly the feeling usually returns. She also assured me that they have never had anyone who suffered permanent damage. Great. But I'm a little worried. I don't have tingly sensations. It feels more like a sunburn on my tongue.
As far as everything else is concerned, I'm good. Stitches are gone and I'm healing nicely. I'm very thankful for that. It's pretty amazing that in two weeks time, I'm well on my way to full recovery. Medicine fascinates me in that respect. Now the holidays are approaching and I'm looking forward to that. Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. There's nothing like turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin rolls, and chocolate pie! Oh yeah, and yeast rolls! There's nothing like watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and football all day long. There's nothing like being surrounded by your family. There's nothing like playing board games until you are so tired you can barely hold your eyes open. I can't wait! I just hope I have working taste buds everywhere!