Stitches, Cloves and a Happy Ending

Thursday started with a visit to the dentist. Again. The stitches were supposed to dissolve, but one set didn’t. They just sat there and refused to budge. I tried pulling them but the only result was a sore gum. They began to irritate my gum and cheek.

Eventually, as the pain became constant, and it started to feel like an abcess, I decided to contact the dentist. I’ve had dealings with abcessesΒ before.Β  I’ve also had dealings with stitches before, though that was in my pre-blogging days.

I once had a set of stitches dissolve too quickly after a biopsy. It took two hours to stop the bleeding. Another time I had a set heal into my eyelid. That stung a bit when they came out. And then…

Well, let’s just say that I don’t do well with stitches.

After a bit of tugging and squeaking we got the stitches out (they were non-dissolving despite what I’d been told) and packed the socket with something that had a complicated scientific name.

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It tasted bad and smelt like oil of cloves. It did, however, fix the infection – everything feels good now.

We had a good day today at work too – one of the customers brought us Cadbury Creme Eggs.

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back with more scone news in the next few days.

13 thoughts on “Stitches, Cloves and a Happy Ending

  1. jodierichelle

    Ugh, too much dental drama. Glad you are feeling better, now. I am SO glad you mentioned the cloves. I had my first (and, I hope, only) root canal a few years back and got myself all worked up in the chair. Then I started smelling cloves. I wasn’t sure if it was real or not. Glad to hear I wasn’t imagining things.

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  2. Lavinia Ross

    Sorry your stitch types got mixed up at the dentist.

    I was once told by a dentist that putting a wet tea bag on bleeding gums can help stop bleeding. I never tried it. The tannic acid is supposed to be an astringent.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I need a smiley face sign with a gap in the teeth. πŸ™‚

      I’ve heard that soaking your feet in tea can toughen them up, but never heard the advice about bleeding gums. Fortunately the bleeding has stopped.

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