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making perception reality
making perception reality
When it became known around work that I was having my wisdom teeth removed, I got all sorts of advice and stories. Two women told me it was worse than child birth. Now, to a guy, that is about as bad as it gets pain wise. To think of a large baby coming out of such a small space, that must be painful! Others told me, yes it is bad, but it is not as bad as some horror stories make it out to be. Some people thought it was nothing at all. So I decided to make the best of it and made up my mind that it is nothing more than a big dental visit. Yes, it is oral surgery, but not much than a regular dental visit to me.
Day one was rough, blood, some pain, but I was so groggy from the anesthetic I really could not pay much attention to it (or anything) and I drank cold liquids and ate ice cream. Day two was much better, the bleeding stopped and I could feel my lower jaw by the end of the day and I had some soup to go with more cold liquids and ice cream. Today is day three and I can now feel my upper jaw too. The swelling is going down and I had some Hamburger Helper, staying with the soft foods, for lunch. More cold drinks and ice cream. Today my whole body feels good again.
I felt good enough this morning to take a longer drive with the top down, It was cool and pretty outside and it made me feel rejuvenated. I headed to the LA border for a Powerball ticket. It is a nice road and a good drive. Great music, too. I feel almost normal, but must confess that I feel tired right now. The inside of my mouth is still swollen, so is my face and it is VERY strange to feel stitches inside my mouth.
The whole point of this story is making the decision that sort of makes your reality. I am not saying that you can change things by force of will, however you can modify them by your attitude. Had I listen to the two ladies mentioned earlier I maybe would have allowed this to be worse that it really was and take longer to recover, because hey, everyone says this is a bad situation, right? I followed the Dr.'s list of do's and don't's, not the stuff told to me by others, and with my attitude I am ready for everything to get back to normal. I truly believe I will recover faster because of my attitude. Making good decisions is important.
For what it's worth, my mother doesn't think I look like a squirrel with a mouth full of nuts, she thinks I look more like Marlon Brando in the Godfather. I am not sure that is better or worse?