T minus 4 days : One year ago when I had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out

I thought I'd gotten away with keeping my wisdom teeth. Most of my friends had had theirs removed at younger ages, but the dentists had always told me that it looked like I was using them, so it was fine. The orthodontist said it was not fine. Damn.

After some severe regret about the times I secretly thought my wisdom teeth were better than other people's, I was referred to an oral surgeon to have the wisdom teeth taken out. Both of my lowers were nice and erupted, but my upper right was slightly impacted. However, they happily told me I had a gigantic mouth which would make the operation much easier. I wasn't sure how I felt about that but I took it as a win, and with the upcoming jaw surgery, boy am I glad I have a giant mouth. My girlfriend was there to get me back home while I was loopy on hydrocodone.

She seemed to be enjoying how loopy I was. 
The surgeon had also said I had really strong bones, so that was a nice ego boost, right until he said it'd make the surgery a little more difficult, so double edged sword there. I didn't have any complications luckily, apparently a slightly thin sinus wall he had to be cautious around but he was pretty proud of himself so I was proud of him too. Good job guy. Regardless, for the next few days I had a face that looked like this:
The oral surgeon said: "This is nothing compared to jaw surgery." Yeah okay, Thanks.
I had a small bottle of hydrocodone pills, and they were my best friend for the next few days. I was generally moseying about my apartment surfing YouTube, drinking all the soups for the next week or so, but overall it wasn't that bad of an experience.

The little ice pack strap was great, I used it all the time, and plan to use it for my jaw surgery also.

In hindsight I should have been more proactive with pain management, I tended to wait until I started feeling a little pain, and then think I'd be fine and maybe take a pill in a bit, but then the throbbing pain would get worse, and I'd still have to wait an hour or so for the pills to kick in. I will not be making the same mistake with jaw surgery.

Today was my last day in the office, I said my goodbyes in good spirits. I also called the peri-operative department, who tell me I'm scheduled to come in at 9:30am. They expect the operation to take around 2-3 hours, staying overnight, and leaving around 11am. I'm not supposed to bring any medicines with me (they provide everything), and no valuables. I wonder if I'll be cognizant enough to get bored while there.

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