Joseph’s Second Medical Milestone: I got my wisdom teeth removed one year ago today!

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On October 16, 2015, I got my wisdom teeth removed … and to celebrate this occasion, my stuffed lamb appeared in a selfie with me on October 16, 2016.

One year ago today, I got my wisdom teeth removed for real.  Now, a few weeks earlier, I actually got my dates mixed up.  When I went to the oral surgeon’s office in September, I thought that I was gonna get my wisdom teeth removed, but I was actually going to my “consultation appointment” while I was there.

Well, on October 16, 2015, I actually got my wisdom teeth removed for real.  The operation went very well … and I was able to recover from it completely.  I spent that entire weekend recovering from my operation … and I slowly got my strength back after that.  It seems like I just them removed yesterday.  That tear flew by quickly.

I will remember this operation for a long time!

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Joseph’s First Medical Milestone: I got my tongue operated on 10 years ago today!

This month, I will be celebrating two major medical milestones … and today, I’m gonna talk about the first medical milestone of mine.

Ten years ago today, I went to the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland … and on that morning, I would get ready to get operated on.  I had ulcers in my tongue for a few weeks … and the doctors and the nurses who were at the hospital removed the ulcers from my tongue.  They also put stitches on my tongue … and they would go away several days later.  I’m still doing pretty good, ten years after the doctors and the nurses were able to take the ulcers out of my tongue.  Hopefully I won’t have to go through that again for a while.

Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: Saying good-bye to my wisdom teeth

Back in October of 2015, I wrote a blog post entitled “Saying good-bye to my wisdom teeth.”  In it, I talked about getting my wisdom teeth removed for real.  I also said that I was hoping that they would get removed for real back in September of 2015, but I actually went there for a “consultation appointment” back then.  I said that I apologized for making that mistake … and then I said that I got them removed for real back in October of 2015.  I was inspired to write this blog post because this is something that I had to go through back then.  It wasn’t a fun thing to go through, but at least I got through it.

Here’s a link to that blog post …
Saying good-bye to my wisdom teeth

My wisdom teeth have been gone for six months now!

Six months ago today, I got my wisdom teeth removed at the oral surgeon’s office in Washington County.  I said good-bye to them one final time back on October 16, 2015.  It was an experience that I will never forget.  My road to my recovery was a slow one to say the least, but after a few days, I was able to do my normal things again.  It seems like I just got them out yesterday.  My mouth still feels good, six months after my wisdom teeth left my mouth for the last time.

I really got my wisdom teeth removed last Friday (Part 3)

On Sunday, I was slowly beginning to get back to normal.  I took the necessary precautions in order to do just that.  I was slowly beginning to eat some solid foods again, even though I wasn’t able to eat them on that day.  I started to drink coffee and tea again … and I waited until the drinks cooled off a little bit before I started to drink them again.  I was able to start using my computer again for a few hours on Sunday.  I still rested in my grandparents’ room for a little bit on Sunday afternoon, though.  Other than that, I was beginning to feel a little bit better on Sunday.

Then, as the days progressed, I began to add more solid foods to my diet .. and I started to take short walks around my neighborhood again.  I won’t be taking long walks around my neighborhood for a while, but hopefully I’ll be able to do that again sometime soon

I hope you enjoyed this three-part blog as much as I did.  This was one surgery that I will never forget!  I will probably remember it for a long time!

I really got my wisdom teeth removed last Friday (Part 2)

On Saturday, I was still recovering from my surgery.  I wasn’t able to go outside at all on that day … and besides, it was too cold for me to go outdoors anyway.  Let me tell you how I was able to recover from my surgery this past Saturday.  I slept in my grandparents’ room for two hours and I was doing my best to stop my mouth from bleeding so much.  My stuffed lamb kept me company during most of that time.  I wasn’t able to take in solid foods at all during that time … and I was only able to take in liquids during that time.  I drank water and Ensure.  I was able to eat yogurt on a few occasions on that day.  I was able to sit in our dining room for a while on Saturday morning … and then I sat on one of our living room’s recliners for about an hour on Saturday morning as well.  Then I went back into the dining room … and I sat in there for a while.  Then, I spent a good part of the afternoon resting in my grandparents’ room … and I was slowly beginning to feel better at that time.  At that time, I was on “the road to recovery.”

Tomorrow, I will tell you how I was able to recover from my surgery on Sunday.  Then, I will tell you how I was able to start getting myself back to normal again just days after I got my wisdom teeth removed.

I really got my wisdom teeth removed last Friday (Part 1)

In this three-part blog post, I’m gonna talk about my wisdom teeth surgery.

Last Friday, I really got my wisdom teeth removed … and as you might have guessed, I slept through most of this procedure.  First, one of the nurses came in and asked me questions about my health.  Then, second, one of the surgeons came in and talked with me for a little bit and then the surgeon looked inside of my mouth very briefly.  Third, a very funny anesthesiologist came in and talked to me for a little bit.  He then asked me some questions about my health and then he took me into another room … and in that room, the anesthesiologist told me how he was gonna remove my wisdom teeth.  He then put a small needle into my hand … and that didn’t really bother me too much.  Moments later, I fell asleep … and then the oral surgeon removed my wisdom teeth … and then I woke up moments after he finished pulling them out.  I went to the recovery room for a few minutes and I had two gauges in my mouth.  Then, after the nurse gave me the post-operative instructions, I was able to walk out of the building, with some help from the nurse, my mother and my grandmother.  Then, I kept the gauges in my mouth until I got home.  I ended up getting some blood on my shirt.  I spent the rest of the day in my grandparents’ bedroom and I had my stuffed lamb with me the entire time.  I ended up watching CNN during most of that time.  I wasn’t really able to take anything in, except for water, Tylenol and penicillin.  I felt a little bit nauseous at some point during the afternoon and I threw up into a small trash can, which was located next to the bed, but other than that, I felt pretty good after that.  It was not a good day for me, but at least I got through it safely.

Tomorrow, I will talk about the things that I did while I was recovering from my surgery on Saturday.

Joseph’s Flashback: I lost a small piece of my tongue!

Back in the fall of 2006, I had a small ulcer on my tongue. It had been bothering me for some time back then. Then, in October of 2006, I went to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland … and the doctors there were able to remove a small piece of my tongue. There were stitches in my mouth also … and they went away as well. It was one operation that I will never forget.

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