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Sometimes life gets in the way of even the best laid plans as was the case in our home this week. I write this from a hospital room in the cardiac unit of a hospital in Ft. Worth. Tomorrow morning, I will head into the operating room and since recovery time is likely to be a couple of weeks, I wanted to put up a short post to explain why I’m not likely to be around much in the next couple of weeks.
First and foremost, yes, my heart is fine. I’m not on the cardiac unit due to heart issues. What happened was this; I ended up with a bad infection in a wisdom tooth that was never removed. 3 of my 4 were pulled years ago; this one wasn’t because it had not been no through the surface and the dentist felt it was not necessary to do.
Fast forward ten years or so without too many issues and that long forgotten wisdom tooth gets an infection. Bevauae of thr sore throat involved, initially mistook it as strep throat and was trying to rise it out. Six days later, here I sit with an infection and a neck full of swollen, tender and pus filled lymph nodes cause by that rogue wisdom tooth.
I am in the cardiac ward because those lymph nodes and swollen tonsils, neck, were closing off my airway almost entirely. Since they were so close, I was admitted to the cardiac ward so it could be watched more closely while heavy antibiotics and steroids were administered every few hours. It’s been around 24 hours now and while I’m feeling a bit better, I’m not out of the woods just yet. There is still significant swelling and still significant pus/infection that must be dealt with.
So tomorrow, they are doing surgery to remove that wisdom tooth, to open the lymph nodes and to put 2-3 plastic drains in my chin/face to allow them to fully drain off the pus. The drains will stay in place for 2-3 days and then be removed.
Needless to say, I’m not likely to feel well enough to do much work at all. I hope that you take the time to explore the site. There are hundreds of posts already published to help you save money, eat well and more while I’m gone.