Monday, March 12, 2007

Remember that time . . .

That I went to Walmart at 4 am in search of some Oragel and passed out in the check out line?

Scary? Yes.

A little but funny? Sure.

So here's the back story. I had a slight toothache on Thursday afternoon, nothing that a few advil couldn't handle. But as the night wore on it became full-blown whole mouth on fire type pain. And of course I start thinking about that scene in Castaway, you know the one, with the ice skate. Oh boy. After hours of self-medication and my attempt to just numb my face with ice I went out into the night in search of something that would actually just numb the pain away. Unfortunately there isn't much open 24 hours around my place so after a bit of driving around I headed for the nearest Wally-world.

I've realized that when I'm in pain all attempts at rational thinking are just a waste of time. I was a girl on a mission as I trodded through that Walmart in search of the tooth ache remedies. Also on my mind was my little adventure with an abscessed tooth on a hiking trip a few years back when my face swelled up so much I couldn't open my right eye (this is where you lose all sense of vanity of course).

Finally I found the Oragel and went in search of some ice cream, which served a two-fold process: 1. Cold and on my tooth equals good, 2. I'm in pain so I deserve ice cream (rational thinking for a woman at all times, trust me). With these two in hand I head to the lone check out stand where a nice girl was training (at 4 am?) and her current customer was having some difficulty getting her check to go through. Was I impatient? yes, but more in pain than anything. And as I stood there I felt an overwhelming sense of heat overcome me and the black curtain began to slowly close in on my field of vision. Of course being hard headed I just told myself to calm down and breathe. Hmmmm, that didn't work so well and next thing I know I'm laying on the ground with the checkers and customer leaning over me asking me if I was ok.

After calling in a code 81 (I think) which in my imagination means "Shopper down, SHOPPER DOWN" the manager appeared and offered to call an ambulance for me. Have I mentioned I'm hard headed? I politely refused (yep, even after passing out I still try to be polite) and not wanting to ruin anybody else's night I also refused to have them call someone for me (insert the anger of my family here - I know, I know I'll do it differently next time). About 20 minutes later after drinking a lot of water I felt back to normal, paid for my purchases, and drove the 5 miles home.

A quick visit to the dentist on Friday provided me with antibiotics and some good pain meds and I'm off today to have my tooth duly dealt with.

Happy Monday everyone.


Blogger RosieBoo said...

Man, I feel for ya. I think a toothache is the worse pain in the world. And, to be bad enough to pass out, now that's bad. I hope your tooth is fixed toot sweet!

3/12/2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger spaghettipie said...

Crazy girl. I think you do deserve the beyond the "appearance" of crazy. I don't live far. I don't sleep much. You should call next time. Or better yet, just have Peter pull all of your teeth and then you won't have to worry about it again.

3/12/2007 3:07 PM  
Anonymous jes said...

Ha. Katie, am I a horrible friend for laughing? BUT I'M LAUGHING WITH YOU.

You know my heart.

(And as black and tarry as it is, it's a miracle you still love me!)

(Uh, you still love me, right? Right?)

3/12/2007 3:10 PM  
Blogger Eddo said...

Yowza! That is frightening and tooth aches are the worst. Sorry it was so miserable, but glad you are still alive!

3/12/2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Deals On Wheels said...

Wait. So this just happened LAST Thursday night/Fridy morning? Oh, my! How awful!

Next time you can totally call me. True, you don't know me and I live all the way in Dallas, but I'll help out! Especially if it means you don't have to drive and/or pass out at some mid-city Wal-Mart!

3/12/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

"Shopper down... SHOPPER DOWN!"



3/13/2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger green said...

Ouch, toothaches are never fun.

What flavor of ice cream did you buy?? (always important information)

3/13/2007 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Jayleigh said...

oh katie!!! OUCH!!!!

3/13/2007 6:25 PM  

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