I remember watching an episode of the cartoon Sabrina the Teenage Witch when I was in grade school where Sabrina's wisdom teeth were coming in. As a young witch, she didn't see why she had to do have the mortal operation. She didn't want to suffer any pain, swelling and overall unpleasantness from the surgery. Naturally, as a young witch she decided to magic them out. This, however, led to other complications. With her wisdom teeth magically removed, Sabrina starts making extremely stupid and dangerous decisions--as though she has actually lost her wisdom. In the end has to magic her wisdom teeth back in order to have the mortal surgery.
All this to say that I got my wisdom teeth removed last week. Maybe I was channeling my inner Sabrina, but I really wished I could magic my teeth away without having to go under. I was terrified. Call me a big baby, but I was more scared of going to the surgeon's last week than I am about my upcoming move to South Korea. Maybe it's because I have a good imagination and the thought of the pain and discomfort was too vivid.
I walked into the office with sweaty palms and a nauseous stomach. Good thing you're not allowed to eat 8 hours before the surgery! The nurse asked me some questions, hooked me up to an I/V, we chatted... it was almost time... she put in the anaesthetic... and then it was over. I was waking up to a frozen face.
While I won't deny being terrified, I will admit that the whole procedure, and even the follow-up couple of days, were not as bad as I thought they would be. I didn't even need a lot of pain medication. The worst part was that I wasn't allowed to do anything that would get my heart rate going. I couldn't even walk my dog. I was stuck at home and that was B-O-R-I-N-G. That and I really missed chewing. I didn't think that chewing was something you could miss until all I ate was yogurt and soup for 48 hours--really, not even a terribly long time, but long enough.
I just wanted to bite into something!
At least now, my wisdom teeth are not something I will have to worry about. And I suppose I learned something from the whole procedure, too.