Two days after landing here at Bagram, I underwent a root canal procedure. According to the dentist, there was a big-time infection under the tooth. So he cleaned it out in a procedure called a pulpectomy, and told me it ought to last until I got home, when I'd need a full-tilt root canal.
Last night, the jaw went from bad to worse very rapidly. I went to dental today, and mere minutes after getting more X-Rays, the doc was numbing me up. I'll be coming home from Afghanistan minus one tooth. The abscess had returned with a vengeance, and extraction was the only option.
So now I get to eat soft foods for a couple days, nothing spicy, nothing very hot (so much for my big-ass morning bucket of coffee), and no smoking. No cigars?!? Tell me, doc, what can I do to ease my pain and discomfort? Oh, Percocet. Okay, your opiates trump my stogies.
After facing up to the Novocain needles, the worst part of the procedure was having a tooth yanked b an Army dentist around my daughter's age. That was truly scary.
Well, friends, I'd love to sit and chat, but it's time for more pain pills. See ya!