Sleep, Interrupted


After taking the two prescriptions I was given yesterday (around 3PM), I definitely did feel some bit of relief. But that only lasted for a few hours. By 7PM or so, my mouth was hurting again – and it was difficult to do much of anything other than lay in bed and complain to Liz.

I was only supposed to take the Naproxen once every 12 hours, and the Amoxicillin twice a day. So I was basically waiting until morning.

I tried going to be at 11, and slept fitfully. I woke up around 1AM, and kept waking up every 20-30 minutes or so. Finally, around 3:30 AM, I gave up and got out of bed.

I went to the kitchen, grabbed my medication, and headed upstairs. I also grabbed some KitKats, as I wanted to have a little bit of food in my stomach just in case.

For the next few hours, I worked on my computer upstairs. I updated a talk I’m doing later tonight (for the 20×2 Chicago series), and finally started to feel slightly better around 6AM. I headed back to bed then.

Around 9:30 AM, when I got back up… my mouth was back to feeling uncomfortable again. It seems that the antibiotics and Naproxen work ok, but seem to wear off after a few hours.

On making some calls, I ended up going to the pharmacy to see what they might suggest. I learned that the prescription dose of Ibuprofen is 800mg, and I could take that once every 4 hours. The receptionist at the Oral Surgery Center suggested Alleve might work, but I learned that that product is pretty much just a lower dose of Naproxen.

So Ibuprofen was the way to go. Liz found an older stash of Tylenol with Codeine, which I’m trying to avoid in order to remain lucid for tonight’s talk. I don’t think it’ll make me loopy or anything, but I also don’t want to take any chances. I just want a clearer head than I’ve had for the past 24 hours or so.

This “developmental cyst” that I have (and its subsequent infection) has really put me out of commission the last few days. I’ve been unable to concentrate, and mostly unable to even relax. The pain/discomfort is ever-present, and only in a few instances has it abated enough to where I could really focus on something besides the discomfort.

It’s felt like having braces for the first time, but just on the front two teeth. I’m also reminded of that “buzzing” sensation I felt, when I quit smoking many years ago. A really constant, annoying state of discomfort that almost refused to let you think about anything else.

I took some Ibuprofen at 11:15 AM, and by noon things were starting to ease up. It’s not gone 100%, but things have lessened to where I can actually do some things without wanting to dunk my head into a bucket of icewater. Which I would totally do right now, if that would help in some way.

At the time of this writing, it’s 2PM – so I have another hour to go yet, before I can take more Ibuprofen. Brushing my teeth helps to alleviate the discomfort some, and I’ve done that maybe 4-5 times so far today. Chewing gum also seems to help somewhat.

Hopefully, by switching over to Ibuprofen, this thing will be a bit more manageable. If things go as planned with the antibiotics, the pain should go away by Monday, and the numbness should go away after that. Wish me luck. And sleep.

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  1. Ugh, that sounds awful. Hang in there, Felix. I’m crossing my fingers for you that the antibiotics knock this thing right out.

    Mellzah Reply


    • Thanks! On Sunday evening, things were better. The codeine didn’t help much, but my head was starting to clear. Monday morning, I’m feeling markedly improved, though still trying to figure out how much Ibuprofen to take.

      I’m down to 2 tablets now, and while they’re not doing much – everything is much more tolerable than before.

      avoision Reply


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