I have been going on regular dates to see my dentist. Last week I had two dates with him. I don't mind it all so bad just because he's good eye candy. On Wednesday, I had to have some more work done. Since I had seen him the day before, he felt sorry for me and would only do half the procedure resulting to my right side. When laying in the chair, he whipped out the huge needle, (I swear it was two feet long), and numbed me all over my right side of my upper and lower jaw. With my eyes closed so I didn't have to see the horrid instrument, I felt something "weird" going on in my tongue, a swelling feeling, then a painful pop and burst of pain. And just like that the pain was gone. The dentist went about the procedure, and I took the rest of the day off since I can't answer the phones sounding like a special needs person. I remembering taking note that I went to bed still feeling numb all over my right side.
When I woke up Thursday morning, my tongue was still numb and it felt really swollen. I chalked it to the fact that I might have bitten it through out the night. I also thought that if I went to the gym (at 5am) and got my blood flowing, it would ebb sooner. Still nothing. When I arrived at work on Thursday morning, I promptly called the dentist and asked if your tongue is suppose to be numb for going on 19 hours. After a few minutes of being on hold, I was told it COULD happen, but not very often. When numbing me, he could have easily nicked a nerve. It could take up to 2 weeks to heal, and possible after that there might be permanent damage.
I am now on day 5 of my tongue being half numb. I have bitten it numerous time. I feel like I have a speech impediment. I have to really think about the words that have "s" and "l" in them. It takes me a little longer to pronounce them. I have lost sense of taste. For Easter, nothing tasted good. There is some taste, but very dull. It's very frustrating!! I ate nothing on Saturday just because, what's food without taste... ? One thing that I did find somewhat amusing is the task of drinking coffee. When I take a drink, I tilt my head to the left-I feel warm coffee, I tilt my head to the right-nothing. Hot-nothing Hot-nothing Hot-nothing.. well you get the point. Eric kind of gave me a funny look when he caught me doing this. All I could do was giggle to myself. I have to take it all with a grain of salt, not that I could taste that either.
On the upper side. I do think that I'm coming out of it because I'm getting horrid headaches, and on my tongue, I'll feel tinges of pain every now and again.