Monday, December 19, 2016

The Day I Nearly Died X 2

The way I've got it figured, I'm on my third life.  You know how they say a cat has nine lives? Well, I'm on numero tres. You can read about my first near death experience HERE. I mean, not that I'm a CAT or anything like that, I'm just sayin'.

Now, before I go on, I gotta clear up one thing: the dress.  I have had so many emails from you lovely readers about the dress I wore a few weeks ago when Wayne and I went out to dinner.


It came from Target, y'all! It's black with lace sleeves, empire waist, and yes, the choker is attached to the dress.  Here's the link! I noticed Kelly Stamps had the same dress on a few weeks ago, too!

Now back to the day I nearly died times two.

I've been having problems with a tooth. It all started about three weeks ago when I bit into a cinnamon bread stick. I thought I was going to fall to my knees when I did because it hurt so bad. I mean, just out of the blue!  I'm eating and then the next minute BAM! Pain! I really thought I had broke off part of my tooth or lost a filling {I couldn't remember if I even had a filling on that tooth}! Anyway, all I knew was that it hurt like hell. My teeth are extra sensitive this time of year because of the weather {weird, right?} and, well, after taking an ibuprofen, the pain stopped, but my teeth have just ached ever since and especially that tooth.  But it really wasn't my tooth because I could still bite down on it, it was like my gum area under the tooth.

So I ate ipubrophen like candy for about a week and a half and then finally called the dentist, couldn't get in because I was past a cleaning, blah, blah, blah. Finally got in to the dentist last Thursday and that's when the near death experience happened.

Alise and I were on INTERSTATE headed to the dentist when all of a sudden my heart began racing and I felt a hot flash. I got so hot so I cracked the window of the car. Alise said, "Mama, what's wrong?" and I said, "I just need some fresh air." A few seconds later I started seeing stars. I felt like I was about to pass out. ON INTERSTATE!! I knew two things: I was about to pass out with my kid in the car and we were about to die and/or I didn't think I was having a heart attack because my right arm wasn't hurting. Seriously.  Those two things. I was just worried that I wouldn't get the car stopped before I blacked out.  I was going 70 mph.

I managed to pull the car over on the side of the interstate and turned my flashers on. I felt like I was about to throw up and pass out at the same time. Alise started crying and all I could think was that I had to get out of my coat. I unbuckled my seatbelt and she helped me out of my coat. Alise said, "Mama, what is that on your neck?" I had started breaking out in a rash and I couldn't catch my breath. It was the eeriest feeling in the world.  Almost like an out of body experience, y'all.  It's hard to describe.

Long story short, I eventually made it to the next exit and Wayne met me. It almost happened again when I started driving again, but I drove slow and Alise talked to me the whole time. Wayne was pretty upset with me because I couldn't tell him where I was over the phone. I absolutely had no clue. The next exit was two miles and I was so happy when I made it to the convenient store and my husband was there!  He drove us to the dentist and THAT'S when I found out I needed a &$@*!^#*@&^! ROOT CANAL!!

I just sat in the dentist chair and cried, y'all.

I never cried when I thought I was about to die, but I cried over a root canal.  The truth is, I don't like going to the dentist and I'm paying for not having a small cavity filled a year ago. My daddy told me, "Take care of your teeth, Laura" and I failed. I failed. And now I'm paying a dear price for it! My dear  friend and dentist has assured me that I can do this root canal and promised me some awesome drugs, so I'm just gonna haft put my big girl panties on and do it! Right now, I'm back on a heavy antibiotic and pain meds. Yay me!  Do y'all realize I've been sick since October?!

As far as what happened on interstate, Wayne thinks it was an anxiety attack. I'm not sure what it was exactly except that it was definitely a hot flash. But I've never experienced nausea or fainting with them. I will say that it scared the living crap out of me! It's one thing to die on your own and it's another to know you're going to die with your kid with you! The experience was definitely something that I never want to go through again.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I'm just thankful that nothing seriously happened and that the day ended well even though I'm gonna need a straight jacket to get this root canal over with!

24 comments:

  1. I wish I could be there to hold your hand at the dentist..I hate the Dentist and am prone to anxiety attacks myself..YES it does feel like your gonna die. So that and the dentist are a double whammy. So while you're in the chair, think of us laughing buy the pool, wine in hand without a care in the world then we go shopping with unlimited bank..k...you got this girl!!! Love you!! xo

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    1. I wish you could hold my hand, too, girl, cause I need it. I absolutely HATE going to the dentist but NEVER expected to have an anxiety attack on the way! I am taking my antibiotics with.out.fail. Even waking up at 3:30 am to take a dose because I don't ever want to feel like this again! Hope you have a great week-before-Christmas!

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  2. Oh wow, that sounds like a horrible experience...both the anxiety attack/hot flash and the root canal. I also hate going to the dentist, but have started to go regularly to try to prevent problems. I have had not one but two root canals. I actually found the root canals to be not as bad as a regular filling because they give you so much numbing/pain medication. The only bad part for me was keeping my mouth open for such a long time. I hope that it all gets resolved in time for you to have a relaxing Christmas!!! So sorry!!

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    1. I'm hoping I have a good experience, too, Tanya. I told my dentist that I didn't want to know anything. There is no way I can be awake for the procedure. I'm turning over a new leaf and promising myself that I'm going to do better with cleaning appointments and maintenance myself! Happy week before Christmas!

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  3. I can totally relate. I hate going to the dentist and having any dental procedure done whatsoever. I haven't had to have a root canal done, yet, but I did have a crown put on. I paid the extra $300 for sedation dentistry because I knew I couldn't handle it if I didn't. It was worth it!

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    1. I'm totally having the sedation, Amy! I will wig out if I don't! My consultation is next week. Eek!

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  4. That does sound like a panic attack... maybe just the nerves heading to the dentist?
    Had to be terrifying.
    As someone whose had 9 root canals - let me tell you - they are painless. I legit FALL ASLEEP during them. They are long (& not as long if you go to a specialist- in & out in an hour)... to me, the worst part is when you go back to the dentist for the crown & getting that fit where they have to dig in the gum - the actual root canal? A piece of cake.
    You know I feel your dental pain.
    & hope & pray you dont have another one of those episodes. Especially driving. That had to be terrifying.

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    1. Nine freaking root canals?! Oh, my! I think I would be dead! Ha ha! My mom has had two and said she went back to work. I'm planning on going the sedation route and my consultation is next week. I'm already nervous!

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  5. Oh Lordy! Girl, that had to be so frightening. My Elie suffers from panic attacks, and that is exactly what it sounded like!! Glad Alise was with you, although I know that made it even scarier for you knowing she was in the car.

    Yes, def take the antibiotics...some of your symptoms could be due to the infection. Probably why you've felt so crummy lately. Our teeth and gums health really ARE connected to a lot of other organs in our body!

    Ok, have to say...I have never had an issue going to the dentist. Probably due to the fact that the two I've had (one retired two years ago, and I had seen him since I was a kid) are ahhhmazing! I have NEVER experienced any pain. My new dentist is OVERLY concerned about his patient's comfort level. He even has music and earphones set up at each station if patients want to listen to it. If yours doesn't, ask if you can use your phone and listen to it!!

    I've only had one root canal and they numbed me so good, I couldn't feel my face for the day!! You'll be just fine. Oh, and if they are putting a crown on...easy peasy if they know what they are doing. Mine was done in an hour in office.

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    1. I'm guessing that's what it was, Lauren. An anxiety attack on the way to the dentist. Crazy because I guess I didn't realize I was as nervous as I really was, but I had been dreading it all day. I called this morning and have a consult with the other dentist that's going to do the procedure next week, so we'll see. I'm just hoping the antibiotics and pain meds hold out! I have been taking the antibiotics religiously - and on schedule! - and have only had to take the pain meds a few times. I can't tell that it really helps, anyway. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! Miss y'all!

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  6. Oh gosh!! Laura, that sounds SO scary!! I'm so glad you were okay and able to arrive at your appointment safely! I'm sure you will be feeling so much better after your root canal is over!

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    1. Thank you, Kelsey! Hoping I can hold off the procedure until after Christmas!

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  7. OMG I'm so glad you didn't die!!! Poor you, and poor Alise! I bet she was terrified! It sounds like you did have a panic attack; hopefully that was the one and only.

    How terrible that you have to have a root canal right at Christmas. I'm sure I will eat enough for you; if I haven't already!

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    1. I'm learning to eat on the left side, Melanie. And yes! Alise was scared and worried, but we made it to the next exit. Thank goodness! I've never had a panic attack before and I hope I never have one again!

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  8. I'm glad everything ended well on the interstate and that you and Alise were ok. Very sorry about the root canal. Going to the dentist or any doctor gives me a case of the nerves too. You will do fine,though, I'm sure of it;)

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  9. What a scary experience! I'm so glad that everything worked out okay. Anxiety attacks are the worst. I have had quite a few root canals, and I promise, they're not bad. Completely painless after the novacaine. They just take a long time. Good luck - you'll do great!

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    1. Ha! I need a Xanax before I even walk into the dentist office! My mom is taking me to my consult next week!

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  10. Oh my goodness, Laura!!! You're making me nervous! I've had a root before, you'll be just fine, BUT that seeing stars has me worried! Take care, my friend!

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    1. I know! My first panic attack! Who knew? I hope it's my last!

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  11. OH MY...how SCARY!!! Yes, it's one thing for that to happen on your own, but a whole other level when your child is with you. So happy you got to safety. Sorry about the root canal...that the pits, but take the drugs ;) and you'll be good as new. Merry almost Christmas!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!

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  12. Holy heck girl!! That had to be so scary. I'm so glad you were able to get off the road safely. I'm sure your girl was just so scared too.

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  13. I'm going in for my cleaning today. Ugh! I'm pretty sure dentists and mammographers are the most hated people!!!
    So glad you're ok! That whole experience sounds awful. Hope it never happens again!

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