Tuesday, September 17, 2013


It has been one week since the dental work was done and I am still in a great deal of pain.  I think the dentist damaged the trigeminal nerve.  The dentist thinks some of my headaches are associated with that trigeminal nerve already and with it damaged by a shot of Novocain, it is even worse than usual.

But here is the deal.  I can't stop living.  I cope with chronic pain every day.  I get out of bed with a limp.  I hold the spatula with aching hands as I make Dragon's breakfast.  Running, I smile even though pain is shooting up my legs.  Shin splints maybe?

My point is that every thing I do, every day is painful.  My body is falling apart and has been for years.  Why should this keep me down?  Headaches are a part of life for me.  Sometimes a daily part of life.  This headache just hurts in a new spot.  This one is centered on the spot the dentist injected the novocain.  No different than any other pain I deal with just in a spot that is new.

One step at a time.  I can do this.  Get back into my routine of getting up, cooking, running and working out.  Doing school work with the kids, working in my sewing room, playing with the animals and cooking supper.  All the things that keep life busy for a stay at home mom.

I feel a little like Bob the Builder.

Can we do it?

Yes we can!

I have had enough of laying around.  It is time to get up and put on my big girl panties.  I can do it!  One task at a time.  And it isn't a failure if I have to take extra breaks.  Who cares if my run turns into a walk.


  1. One day at a time. Big hugs. I deal with some chronic pain too and it's hard. Not physically always, but it messes with your head, as I know you know!!
    Hang in there!!!

  2. I'm sorry you're going through this!!! I hope she only bruised the nerve and not damaged it. And by 'only' I don't mean to diminish what you're feeling just truly hope that the recovery time is coming sooner than later. Nerve pain is without a doubt the worst thing. Other kinds of pain can be managed by reducing inflammation or whatever the problem is. Nerve pain is electrical and nothing's gonna help. I have sciatic nerve damage from my son's big fat head and shoulders, thank goodness it usually only acts up while I'm cycling because i can't move when it's at its worst.