This is where I was for hours this afternoon. Looks kind of scary, right?
The last couple of days, I woke up with a slight sore on the upper right, inside part of my cheek. It was ok the first day, but it just got worse and worse. Today, the pain was unbearable. I’ve never had a mouth sore like this before! It hurt so much that I couldn’t open my mouth wide enough to eat, so I basically had to shove the food in my mouth. It started to really freak me out when the lymph node on the right side of my neck was swollen and I’m pretty sure I started to have a fever.
At about noon, I decided that enough was enough. Luckily I work for an ENT doctor in town, so I called over there and he agreed to see me toward the end of the day. I headed over there at 3:30.
It was awkward meeting people that I talk to on the phone to everyday, but have never met. Kind of weird. Anyway, I did the normal filling out the paper sort of things, got my weight and height measured, was asked questions and then sat in an exam room. I knew the doctor was notorious for being slow. One hour quickly rolled into two before he finally saw me.
He looked in my mouth and was concerned that I couldn’t open it too far. He poked around a few minutes and then decided it was a mouth ulcer that had just gotten really inflamed. He got me a prescription for triamcinolone, a corticosteroid that is most often injected into joints for arthritis, was made into a paste for mouth sores. It’s awesome and took the pain away instantly.
Waiting in that office for two hours freaked me out. I couldn’t wash my hands, I heard people coughing, and I had no idea who or what had been in the chair I had been forced to sit on. Then I had to go to the pharmacy and wait some more. I finally got home at around 6:30. Talk about a long day.
I’m so glad to be sitting on the couch right now, just watching old episodes of the office and writing this post.
Thanks for reading.