I feel like I got punched in the mouth. Right side only. The numbness has worn off and the ibuprofen has not yet kicked in. Aside from that, it was another very pleasant trip to the dentist. (Oxymoron, right?) I think I will bake them cookies. When I got there this morning, the front desk staff told me I was the Patient of the Month and gave me a bag full of goodies. They gave me a travel mug, some Ghirardelli hot chocolate, some other chocolates, and some toothpaste. 🙂 If they hadn’t included the toothpaste, I would have thought they were just trying to give me cavities and make me come back.
I learned something today (while at the dentist). They put adrenaline in the novocaine (or whatever they use now as the anesthetic). Apparently, the numbing slows down your heartbeat, so they put a little adrenaline in there to keep that from happening. Instead, your heart starts to race a little. So I kept thinking I was reacting (belatedly) to my nervousness about getting that shot, but really it was just the adrenaline THEY added. Totally weird. Today I was so jittery I could feel my hands and arms shaking. But only for a minute or two after the shot. I do still dread the shot, but I don’t worry about the actual procedures anymore. They’ve convinced me they’re not going to hurt me.
[At home this evening.]
My cookies failed. I make darn good cookies, but something went awry tonight. And I didn’t realize it until John came home and tried one. I actually stayed out of the batter and away from the cooling cookies. They’re not bad, but I can’t give them to people. I have a cookie reputation to uphold. They taste like something didn’t mix in very well. Possibly the baking soda. John says he’ll eat them. 🙂 So I’ll just have to try again sometime. But this means I can’t bring cookies to the dentist office. Is it bad form to bring them peppermint bark? Hard, crunchy candy is supposed to be the worst thing for teeth, right? I might do that anyway. Because white chocolate and peppermint is hard to resist, even for dental hygienists. 🙂
Mom is on her way to Louisville to help Mark take care of Mindy. Actually, she may have landed by now. Mindy is still in the hospital, but hopefully not for too much longer. Dad said he talked to her this afternoon and she sounded much better.