Tooth Extraction and New Projects

I am determined I am going to try and blog more. Maybe not every day but every few days to weeks. I am so horrible at it sometimes. I know I am not the only one but it sometimes bugs me. I have been sick for the last two weeks and have been off at home after a tooth extraction gone wrong. I was too sick to do much but lay on the couch but today I am feeling a slight bit better though I still have to rest and try and get rid of the infection (more about that in a moment) but because I am feeling a tiny bit better I decided to work on a few projects.

I finally got my mom’s website ABC Transcription Services set up on WordPress. I created the site a while ago from scratch but just didn’t have the time this summer to integrate it into a WordPress theme for a site she already had set up in WordPress through me. I finally did that and am pretty happy with the end result and so is she. I am really quite proud of myself. On top of that, I decided to get serious about hosting and design a created a new website for myself KC Hosting and Design and registered a domain name for it and now it is up and running now as well!

Now on to the tooth extraction. Two weeks ago I had a root canal fail and the cap (crown?) fall out after eating something. The following day I went to the dentist in Kentville an hour and a half each way from my house before work. I ended up calling in sick as I had to have the tooth pulled and it was a very rough extraction with lots of pain (they had to cut my gums in multiple places and I had a bunch of stitches as well) and swelling almost right away plus they said I had a pretty bad infection and put me on Amoxicillin.

They gave me 2 days off and I went back into work Wednesday and Thursday but by Friday I was in so much pain I was literally crying at work so I left and went back to the dentist. I got partway and had to call my mom to come to take me the rest of the way as I was feeling really horrible and felt like I might pass out. Obviously I didn’t want to take that chance behind the wheel and Eddie was at work so I pulled over.

They diagnosed me that day with a dry socket and said the infection was spreading but since I had a few days of Amoxicillin left to just keep on it and come back in 1-2 days if I was still having issues. Before going home they pulled out the stitches placed some bone graft material, and then the dry socket paste and left it open to control the pain and speed the healing. I made it through the rest of that day and the next but by Sunday the pain and swelling had spread further throughout the bottom of my jaw and cheek and up into my TMJ joint. I woke up Sunday morning with my eye almost swollen shut.

I went to the ER that morning in Annapolis alone. Eddie would have come with me but he had news the day before (Saturday) that his mother who his whole family had been estranged from for years had passed away the day before that (Friday). He was not feeling much like going with me and I was worried about him and wanted him to stay home and stay away from the ER so I went on my own. The ER doctor initially said that there was nothing really they could do for me other than write a few more days of Amoxicillin to cover me till I could get to the dental clinic on Tuesday as Monday was a holiday and they would not be open but he said I needed to be checked again by the dentist. He suspected that the infection might still be spreading underneath but on the surface, it looked ok but he was not convinced but had no way to really tell and I needed a dental x-ray which he could not do.

Just before leaving the ER he suggested that I might want to consider going or calling the ER in Kentville that same day (Sunday) to see if they could help me up there as it was a bigger ER and might be able to at least re-pack for the dry socket which is super painful on its own, never mind all the rest that was going on. I started home and called my mom and she called Kentville’s ER and they said I should come up and that they could help some. So by then I was exhausted and so she told me to go home, get a shower and she would pick me up in an hour or so. So we drove to Kentville ER later that same day.

We spent 4-5 hours in the ER that afternoon and early evening and finally saw a doctor who said they couldn’t actually do anything they said they could on the phone (this place is an hour and a half away) but the doctor took pity on me because he said he could see I was swollen, in pain and just feeling lousy and so he figured I needed a different antibiotic, a steroid for swelling and some anti-inflammatories to help get the infection and swelling and pain under control so he prescribed me Clindamycin, Prednisone, and Diclofenac and sent me home advising me to go to the dentist first thing on Tuesday morning. I already had Monday off due to the holiday so I texted my manager and told her what was going and she arranged for one of my co-workers to cover me for Tuesday and Wednesday in case as well.

On Tuesday I went back to Kentville again to the dentist again. They took more x-rays, said it looked like the infection was indeed spreading and not getting better and was now in my lymph nodes in my neck, my cheek and tissue surrounding the extraction site. They froze me, cut out some of the tissue, removed some fragments of bone that had come off or maybe it was part of the graft, not sure and basically made it bleed in the hopes that that would help speed the healing of both the infection, the inflammation, and the dry socket. It didn’t work

I was back again on Thursday and they decided to change my anti-biotics back to Amoxicillin, add a second anti-biotic Flagyl to cover all the bugs, since I was done the Prednisone at this point he added Dexamethasone which is another more potent steroid then Prednisone and told me to keep up with the Tylenol and Advil every 6 hours staggered (which I had been taking at this point since the day of the original extraction). Basically take one and three hours later the other and keep it going like that so that as one is at it’s peak you are talking the other so when the first wears off the second is starting to peak. They told me to come back Saturday for a follow-up.

On Saturday I came back and was still miserable, swollen and in pain and feeling really feverish, warn out and just sick as hell plus I was starting to experience a lot of numbness in my chin, cheek and the right side of my face. So I went back and they did another x-ray this time of the whole jaw and the dentist filling in said that it looked like the tooth that was extracted would have been really close to the nerve in my jaw which would explain the numbness. They were concerned that either during the initial extraction or when they debrided it a few days later when I had the dry socket or a few days after that when the cleaned and restitched it that they might have bruised or otherwise damaged the nerve in my jaw running through the area. He also questioned a spot that looked like it could have been a slight jaw fracture so he said he wanted me back on Monday morning (yesterday) to see a specialist in the clinic.

I went back yesterday and they removed the stitches again because it’s still not healing at all and is wide open to the jaw bone and so they cleaned it, packed it again with the same stuff they use for the dry socket and he gave me a prescription for Tylenol 3 for 3 days as I am not sleeping and just in a ton of pain still. At night laying flat back or on either side just causes immense pain. He said that he was going to be writing up a referral to the oral and maxillofacial surgery department at the VG and also call them yesterday or today to run it by them anyways to see what they said. I never heard from them so I am guessing they said to wait and see for another couple days.

So now I am waiting to see what happens from here. I am hoping it is starting to heal but not sure if it’s just some of the pain meds covering up some of the pain and the steroid covering up some of the swelling. I am still swollen despite all this and still in a considerable amount of pain so I guess the next few days will be the deciding factor. I don’t go back to work at this point until Friday so I still have tomorrow and Thursday off. Hopefully, I will not have to go back but I am concerned what happens when I run out of meds. Is it going to start hurting again and is the infection getting better or still spreading?

I hope I don’t have to go back and can return to work Friday but at this point, I just don’t know. I now have to start a short term disability claim at work because of the number of days I’ve been off. Something I have never had to do through them before. It’s so frustrating. I question too if all of this could have been avoided had the dentist not pulled the tooth two weeks ago on the day I came in and instead put me on antibiotics for a week and just packed what was left of the tooth and pulled it like a week later. I am not sure if that would have made a difference. I honestly don’t know. All I know is I hope it doesn’t keep heading in the wrong direction as it has been. It’s put my blood sugars through the roof because I have been on steroids, have an infection and also am on a soft food diet.

I am so ready for this to be over and to start feeling well. I don’t think Candy Cane Lane Festival is going to happen Saturday as I mentioned in my last post about our new car.

Burntcoat Head Park

On July 4th Eddie and I went to a place I have been wanting to go for a while, Burntcoat Head Park here in Nova Scotia. When the tide is out you can walk the ocean floor. It’s pretty neat. We had to time it just right for the evening high and low tides. We started heading out to get there just as it was high tide. I had taken a few pictures on my camera but I haven’t even looked at them really yet. I know it was 10 days ago but I have been busy starting my new job and just didn’t have the time. I planned this weekend but never had the time either. Maybe next weekend I will. So more pictures will follow in a Part 2 later. The following were all taken with my LG camera phone. Which is not a bad camera.

When the tide is out you can walk around the Island that is pictured above. When the tide is high the bottom rocks that you can see in the above picture are completely covered over. We arrived in time to see a gentleman swim out to the Island. So I am guessing that the current there must not be that strong there.

We started walking out as the tide started going down, which happened surprisingly fast. We were able to walk around the whole Island within two hours or so and that was stopping to take pictures and play in the mud and look at life on the ocean floor. We could have done a quick walk all the way around in less then 30 minutes probably, but honestly, why would you? It’s something you have to take your time and enjoy but pay attention to the tides.

The colors were just awesome. It was late in the afternoon into the early evening while were were there and as the sun went lower in the sky the colors were so vibrant as it was a very warm humid 28°C. The water and mud was so cool and refreshing. We each wore water shoes we picked up from Wal-Mart before going, which was perfect as they have a thick rubber bottom. I’m glad I thought of it

The water had carved out some pretty neat caves in the rocks of the Island and also the surrounding coastline. We were restricted to where we could go because of some of the wildlife that is endangered in the area so we were not able to go to the left after we went down the stairs only the right.

Overall I loved it and would love to go back again to see it in the evening again and stay to catch the actual sunset. We didn’t stay that late as we were going camping the next day at my parents camp on the St. Mary’s Bay. We had a lot of fun camping as well and plan to get as many weekends as we can this summer. They have set up a beautiful site down by the water at the place they are living. We didn’t go this weekend simply because Edward hurt his foot and is off it a few days. Nothing major just aggravated an old injury, a fracture from about 10-15 years ago that was never treated properly. Hopefully next weekend we will be able to do something. He hopefully shouldn’t have to be off it long and will be back to work Thursday.

Happy Canada Day! – Long Island & Brier Island

Briar Island Lighthouse
Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Happy Canada Day to any of my fellow Canadians and also a Happy early Independence Day to my neighbours! So for Canada Day this year Eddie and I decided to do something else rather than brave the crowds for the many events going on in Digby or Annapolis. We decided to drive down Digby Neck to East Ferry, hopped the Petit Princess to Tiverton on Long Island and then eventually onward to Westport on Brier Island. Anyone who knows me or has been following my blog for a while will know my love of lighthouses, islands, tides, and anything to do with the ocean other than eating fish.

Boars Head Lighthouse
Boar’s Head Lighthouse. Tiverton, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After getting off the ferry in Tiverton turn right and head down Boar’s Head Road to Boar’s Head Lighthouse. The current lighthouse was built in 1957 and is the second lighthouse on the site. The original was built in 1863 in roughly the same spot. I am assuming that the area I was standing on to take the picture may have been the foundation of the original lighthouse but I am not sure. It was a large concrete platform up above the lighthouse.

Coastline
Coastline near Boar’s Head Lighthouse. Tiverton, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After that, we headed to the Balancing Rock which is roughly about 1/5 of the way down Long Island towards Freeport at the end of Long Island. I am sad to say we did not get very far. After dousing ourselves in sunscreen and bug spray we headed out down the wooded path and we met a British couple coming back who had just left a few minutes before us. The said the path was wet and muddy and they couldn’t get through. We decided to push on a little further and got over the first boardwalk and then the path turned to deep puddles and mud. We decided to turn around. Back on the boardwalk path, a snake slithered over my sneaker and we both said nope. No way. So we will have to go back on a drier day and explore again.

Blue Flag Iris
Blue Flag Iris. Found along a path on either Long or Brier Islands, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

I believe this is a Blue Flag Iris. Believe it or not, this little gem is considered poisonous. It’s can cause irritation and dermatitis. There were a lot of them along some of the paths we walked along to the lighthouses. They are really beautiful though. I love any Iris but this is one of my favorites.

Whale watching cruise.
A whale watching boat that passed when we were at Boar’s Head Lighthouse. They left right after us from the wharf. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After leaving the parking lot for the Balancing Rock we headed to Freeport at the end of Long Island to hop on another ferry to Westport on Brier Island. Brier Island is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. I used to love going there as a kid and love it just as much as an adult. One day I hope we can own a small piece of land on the island somewhere to build a small off the grid camp

Peter's Island Lighthouse
Peter’s Island Lighthouse, Peter’s Island, Westport, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

If you travel left when getting off the ferry and head to the Joshua Slocum Memorial you will be across from a pretty little island in Grand Passage called Peter’s Island. The island has a lighthouse on it called Peter’s Island lighthouse. Built in 1909 it is in need of repair and was unmanned in 1984. You can see it fairly well from the parking lot for the memorial and up by the memorial itself.

Inuksuk
A small Inuksuk on the rocks near the parking lot of the Joshua Slocum Memorial in Westport, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

A small Inuksuk that we found on the rocks near the picnic table in at the parking lot of the Joshua Slocum Memorial. You find them all over here because people build them a lot. Still a neat find though.

Seagulls
Two seagulls on the path near the Joshua Slocum Memorial. Westport, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Just past the memorial is a path which goes to Big Cove on the path was a seagull which I assume was nesting. We didn’t get any closer out of respect. Made for a nice picture. We were a ways a way I just zoomed in. It had started to cloud over by then and was threatening rain so we headed to the next lighthouse which was down Lighthouse Road on Brier Island.

Briar Island Lighthouse.
Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light, Brier Island Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light is the 3rd oldest lighthouse in Nova Scotia and is still in operation today. The current concrete lighthouse was built in 1944 after the original wooden structure burnt down. The original wooden lighthouse was built in 1809 and rebuilt in 1832 due to being “viley constructed and ill lighted”. It became unmanned in 1987.

 

 

Coastline
Coastline near Brier Island Lighthouse, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

 

Briar Island Nature Reserve.
Briar Island Nature Reserve. Brier Island. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Near Brier Island Lighthouse is some stunning coastline and also the Brier Island Nature Reserve. We had also planned to for a walk on the nature reserve as there are walking paths but the heavy rain has made it more of a bog then anything which technically it is but there are paths you can walk on just not that day it was too wet and you sink right in. So that will also have to wait for a dry period maybe later in the summer.

Tomorrow we are also planning a trip to Burntcoat Head Park and also Walton Lighthouse which is 2 1/2 hours from Digby. We are trying to plan it to get there mid-afternoon as low tide is not till 9 pm and we want to walk the ocean floor which we can probably do from about 6pm onward I am guessing as the tide goes down.  It’s going to be a late night but then we are heading back to my mom and dad’s as we will be camping down at the beach on the St. Mary’s Bay for the rest of the weekend on the property my mom and dad live on at their camp. It’s going to be a fun weekend even though we never ended up going to PEI.