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Punctured at both ends

I broke a tooth on an olive stone on Wednesday night. It had been twinging for a couple of weeks, and no doubt would have gone sooner or later, but it was annoying none the less. Found a dentist round the corner from the office yesterday, and got them to have a look at it. They shook their heads sadly and said it was basically unsalvageable and will need a full crown, as its counterpart on the other side had two years ago. They also said I would need my remaining two wisdom teeth whipped out in due course, which again came as little surprise but was not particularly good news. They ground the fragmented tooth back to the point where I can at least eat without pain, and I go back next week to get the full job done.

And first thing this morning I went into Leuven hospital for the snip. I made this particular decision as soon as we realised that U had a serious disability, like her older sister; there's obviously something genetic going on, and it therefore seems sensible to call a halt to my begetting. But it took me quite a long time to move from taking the decision in principle to acting on it - it is the most major surgery I have ever had (indeed, barring dental work and an ingrowing toenail, the only surgery I've ever had), and one doesn't really rush to have one's delicate parts messed around with, especially if there is no pressing medical reason for it. Anyway, three years on, I finally made the arrangements for this week; the hospital, a Catholic institution, amusingly asked for Anne's signature as well as mine on the consent form. The procedure itself is not especially pleasant, but fairly brief, and I have been lying in bed rather uncomfortably all day, watching old Doctor Who series on the laptop. So, that's a sore end to the week. But it will get me out of too much heavy lifting when I move offices on Monday.


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Jun. 27th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, sympathy. To both punctures, so to speak. I can't imagine the vasectomy process is much fun - both my partner's brothers-in-law have both had them, and at one point it was an animated discussion topic at family gatherings, complete with mimed recreations of the procedure. I hope Dr Who proves consoling.
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
My only regret about getting snipped is that my op was postponed for a few weeks on account of the surgeon spraining his thumb while skiing. This caused me to miss a couple of rugby games when I had originally planned for the op to be off season.
Jun. 27th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
OH, dear! ice, ice, ice.
Jun. 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
Ouch on both counts, and empathetic ouch on the first, as that's exactly what I did. Olives, nice but dangerous. Hope your crown fits rather better than mine did...
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting...my employer (a Catholic hospital) doesn't do any sterlization procedures. The docs do recommend condoms and prescribe contraceptives.
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Ouch! sympathetic twinges, although if that is the first 'major' surgery you have had then your genes are not all bad.
Jun. 27th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ouch. *crosses legs* I hope both ends are better soon.
Jun. 27th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Sympathies on both punctures and hopes for swift recovery.
Jun. 27th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
My vasectomy, last year, was also my only surgery (barring a wisdom tooth extraction).
I had a couple of minor complications, including what I took at the time to be a small (grape-sized) hematoma, which has now gone down to approximately pea-sized and I am resolutely ignoring. My local health authority has been entertainingly useless about semen samples - detailed instructions about when and how often to provide them (every two weeks after 12 weeks), with incorrect directions to the path lab, then astonishingly delayed test results - two months from first test to first result letter. Two more months later they have written to tell me to stop providing samples, but they have not yet provided any further results. Sooner or later I will get a letter either saying that I am now firing blanks or telling me that they botched it and would I like them to have another go....
Jun. 27th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Jeepers, that's alarming on the samples question. I was told to provide one after at least six weeks (appointment now made for eight weeks on) and a second at about twelve. My experience of the Belgians is that they are clinically efficient on this sort of thing, so I live in hope...
Jul. 10th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Final results letter arrived this morning, more than eight months after the operation....
Jun. 27th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hope you heal quickly everywhere. Huzzah and hiphiphip hoera for going for the snip. Peter's healed fairly quickly and we are happy he had it done.
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Jun. 28th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
La la la la, I'm not listening...
Jun. 28th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Now I didn't think of the shears, that would have been a nice touch. I see my husband's post fails to mention the heroic tact with which I have reined in my comic talent on this occasion.
Jun. 28th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Mmmm, heroic.
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, at both ends.
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Argh! Hope it heals quickly. I shudder at the very thought of having a vasectomy...

Good luck with the teeth when you get them done too, I've never had a tooth pulled (though I have overcrowding so really should have, but since they're perfectly healthy I said no) and from what I've heard I don't want to.

Jun. 28th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Sympathies and I hope both ends get better soon. I originally read that as you having chipped your tooth on Oliver Stone though. Now that would have been an entertaining story.
Jun. 28th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
Sympathies at both ends from me too. Enjoy the freedom from heavy lifting :-)
Jun. 28th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Gosh! Much sympathy and get-well-sooning from both of us.
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Get well soon!
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