Well I lived through Monday's endodontic odyssey (with the assistance of some serious nitrous oxide!).
By midday I could gingerly sip soup, but speaking wasn't at all fun.
By the end of the day I was speaking fairly well and masticating semi-substantive food - albeit on the other side of my mouth - but heck, it worked!!
Today I returned for a full day of work. MAN, was my desk buried! Twice during the day I needed a dose of Advil, but other than that I was coherent and functional all day long. Wow, am I tired now though.
The radiating nerve pain is gone. The extreme sensitivity to cold is gone. The dull ache in my jaw will fade to a memory in time. I pray that the ability to open my mouth more than 1/16" will return someday.
Until then it's part and parcel of the diet plan. LoL
Thank you, to those who sent me good thoughts.
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