Ah - the total bliss of a weekend with very minimal obligations. Which - after this past week is more than welcomed.
It is required for survival.
For the week was cah-razy. Once again I did it to myself - on the go 15 hours a day for 3 consecutive days. The extras were great but exhausting.
Then we got a foot of snow, on top of the foot we already had. Thankfully we were able to work from home on Thursday during the storm and then again yesterday. The company opened very late yesterday due to overnight icing conditions that really were quite treacherous.
And while we could have gone in for the, essentially, half day available to us we made the command decision to stay home again. The Oracle made that decision for himself...because he can.
I made it for myself because I had to.
As I have mentioned in the past, I have a very real fear of dentists. I've done what I had to do in the past few years to get things up-to-date but beyond that, the fear still exists. And was put to the test this week.
It started on Monday with a tooth sore to the bite; on Tuesday that soreness was gone. By Wednesday my jaw had started to ache - which for me is usually a sign that I'm coming down with a sinus infection. So that evening I took the necessary precautions against the illness and used my trusty Neti Pot.
That only made the ache worse, which was odd indeed. By Thursday there was no denying I had a tooth problem as the ache had gone from generalized to localized and constant. By yesterday morning there was no denying I needed to see the dentist.
So off I went to the mid-morning appointment I was able to secure. Truthfully I was more terrified of the reason for the problem then the visit itself.
Turns out the reason for all the jaw and tooth aches was so odd that I gave him a stunned, disbelieving look.
I have a bruised tooth.
The periodontal ligaments supporting the jaw and the tooth have been damaged, likely (at least for me) thru clenching. I do grind my teeth at night and when I get stressed - I do clench my jaw. So it would seem that at some point over last weekend - I clenched hard enough to bruise a tooth!
Let me assure you - it is quite painful. My jaw aches constantly and the tooth itself can pulse and throb so much that it will bring tears to my eyes. The only treatment is - Advil and patience. It can take a few months for all of this to go away.
In the meantime I need to concentrate as much as I can on not clenching my jaw. I'm finding that I clench much more than I realized because I catch myself doing it several times an hour.
It's gonna be a long few weeks coming up.
The good news is that the rest of my teeth are in pristine condition. My dentist ended up giving me a full cleaning and praised me extensively for the care I have continued to give my teeth. All in all it wasn't a horrible visit.
And now ... we wait for more snow to fall today; we're going to add 6 inches to the 24 inches we have. We are snug in the house and will only venture out for church tonite and possibly dinner out depending on the weather.
This coming week - I'm hoping will be a little more quiet that this past.