I won’t be posting frequently over the next few weeks. We’re on vacation for the last two weeks of August, and in order to make that happen, I’m in crunch mode now.
Speaking of crunching…I visited the dentist on Monday, and sure enough, I am clenching my jaw overnight, creating various cracks. But that wasn’t the sole cause of my jaw/tooth pain, oh no. I had an x-ray and learned that I need a root canal in one of my teeth that has a pretty deep filling currently. I have never had one of these before, and it does not sound fun, but my dentist (and the scheduler at the endodontist I called) insist that it is an unfairly maligned procedure. It is not that root canals themselves are terrible, it is that people are often in such pain when they get the procedure that the aura of pain surrounds the whole experience. Actually getting a root canal tends to clear it up.
I couldn’t get scheduled in until next Friday, but fortunately I’m not in acute pain right now. It got pretty bad at the end of last week and over the weekend, then subsided. I’ve been keeping it manageable with ibuprofen and exercises to relax my jaw. Knowing it might flare up again at any point does make one aware of the time, as does the slight edge that creeps in toward the end of the ibuprofen dosing window. Fun stuff.
Also fun: I am not sleeping. On Sunday night, the baby was up at 10, 11, 12, 1, 3, 5:30 and then up for good at 7:15. I am working on sleep training because this is just completely unsustainable. I do still get my 7 hours of sleep total, but the disjointedness is non-ideal. I welcome anyone’s suggestions (and thoughts on root canal experiences!), though five kids in I know that kids are different and on some level you get what you get and you don’t get upset. He’s an incredibly happy baby the rest of the day. And happy at night too. He’s just…up.
Photo: Uh oh, did I do that?