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oral surgery recovery advice
September 27, 2006
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Hi all, one of my friends is going to have oral surgery tomorrow. I don't have any details about how serious it is yet. He lives far away from me. I'm looking for ideas on how to be supportive. The usual things, like sending brownies aren't going to help. I'm looking to send a care package that will at least make him feel better. Any ideas appreciated.

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September 27, 2006
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I went with my grown son to have his wisdom teeth removed. He was not supposed to drive due to the anesthetic and pain meds and his wife works....so his Mom went. Just like old times!!!

Seriously sweet. That's how the experience rendered him. So appreciative of every little thing. After the first day, he felt better but just had to take it easy and do fluids.

So for a gift........a very nice drinking straw in a good sipping container. And/or flowers. Maybe a soft pillow???

September 27, 2006
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My son's oral surgeon said "No straws" because the pressure they generate can cause the healing clots to burst and the bleeding to start up again.

My best suggestion for a care-package would be creamy or soft content soups, some cans of Ensure, a comic book to make him/her laugh or a comedy video.

Laughter IS the best medicine.

- STrong

September 27, 2006
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Oh I'm so sorry. You are right about the no-straws. I forgot.

September 27, 2006
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After having 13 teeth pulled in the last five weeks this is my suggestions:

Soup, pudding, ice cream, cottage cheese, advil, ice packs, jello, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, and something to help with complete boredom.

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September 27, 2006
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Boredom? Yup. I knew it. Funny DVD's.

September 27, 2006
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When I had my wisdom teeth pulled I just remember doing soft foods, changing the gauze often, not letting my mouth get dry because that made it hurt worse, and lots of rest for at least the first couple of days. Vicodin was also a good companion for those first 24 hours or so afterwards... It also took a few days for my jaw to open back up enough to really eat much else than soup or jello.

September 27, 2006
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I had 6 teeth pulled last friday and I still can't really open my mouth. So a good variety of soups, macaroni and cheese is good, because it doesn't require a lot of chewing, but puts substance in your stomach. It also lasts longer than soup. 1 vicodin didn't help me at all, and two made me really stupid. I mean REALLY stupid. But that is what the oral surgeon prescribed. We found that darvocet works much better, for me anyways. It helped with pain and to relax. I still hurt quite a bit, and my face swelled horribly and it bruised on the outside.

September 27, 2006
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Wow Scared - six teeth? I thought just the three I had done (I never grew a fourth wisdom tooth, go figure) were bad enough.

The mac n cheese is a good idea. Wish I'd thought of it back then, was one of my favorite comfort foods.

Just don't go and do like one of my friends did. He'd take a Vicodin with a shot of Jack Daniels. He claimed the light switch was talking to him after he did that. LOL

September 27, 2006
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LTC

HAVING READ MY OTHER THREAD, YOU KNOW THAT WOULD SOUND GOOD TO ME RIGHT NOW.

September 27, 2006
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Yes and unfortunately, dummy me, I didn't read your other thread until after I posted that.

Don't do it. Don't you dare.

September 27, 2006
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You know the one thing I remember because my wisdom teeth ended up turning into major surgery where my jaw was cracked open, I remember that good goofy movies were a good companion because they kept me entertained but the plots weren't so complicated that I had to follow them while I was on vicadin. I like the haunted mansion and Cats & Dogs. Also, a really comfy pillow. That was so nice and a warm blanket. Those things are things that kept it all bearable.

September 27, 2006
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Good advice given; my kids survived the wisdom tooth extraction on mashed potatoes and jello. You could send the individ. size instant potatoes and jello. I think the pillow would be nice or an afghan.

September 27, 2006
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Thanks for all the input!

His dad will be there for a week. Hopefully, he will be man enough to accept the help he is going to need. Of the soft food items, I'll see what's the lightest and put together a care package. I'll get some four-paks of jello and pudding. maybe some tortellini i know he likes. maybe some ez mac.

and daily notes. it will give him something to read and a reason to get up and go check the mail.

Thanks!

September 27, 2006
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The notes will be a nice touch! You are a good friend!

September 27, 2006
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Oh and another thing I survived on was Boston Markets creamed spinach. It is so good and you can eat it when you have no teeth.

September 28, 2006
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Poor scared (and loverbee and crochet)-- it sounds so painful. Vicodin helped me through alot of pain during cancer treatment.

A couple of those reusable softgel ice packs are really nice. You can alternate. They refreeze in a couple of hours.

September 29, 2006
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Hi bonni,

I believe just sending him a card and writing down how much you appreciates him and supports him in every step of the way.Regardless to how far you two are apart that he knows that you are there for him spirituality and mentally.

September 29, 2006
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Thanks Brownie,
He just gave me an update. It went well. We don't know when we'll know the long term prognosis, but hopefully it won't be too long.

Thank you for the encouragement. I think he knows deep down how much I love him. However confusing our relationship is, the friendship is solid. I'm glad he's willing to rely on me at all in this.

Thank you all for being there for me.

bonni

September 30, 2006
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iam going in for oral surgery on october 6th one last tooth to be pulled into place it sucks just thinking about it hugs 2 all

October 3, 2006
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I'm a 30 year old who needs to have all my teeth pulled due to peradontals disease and pain. I have alot of cavities,plaque,bleeding swollen gums, jaw pain, and ear problems. I haven't seen a dentist due to my phobia and no health insurance. What to do? I really need help with my phobia and get this done so I can move on with my life. There isn't a day I don't regret the way I've handled this and I get so mad when I think about how silly it sounds and how I have done this to myself. If I do go to the dentist they want money I don't have upfront before fixing my teeth.

October 4, 2006
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Some states have health insurance that covers dental for low income familys. I would check into that

October 31, 2006
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Go to County if you can't get help anywhere else.

Try Medicaid too!

Dental help is hard to come by but your local, state, and federal facilities might be able to point you in the right direction.

If it gets too bad to live with before you get help then go to an emergency room and REALLY ham up how bad it is... if they deem you worthy then they will admit you and assign a case worker to help you find aid.

You have to be pretty much life and death to get THAT but it is possible!

Good luck to you!

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