Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Don't Do Oral*

A little note from the management: I just got home after undergoing some pretty major oral surgery.

I currently look like a stroke victim because of the novocaine and I'd soon be in very serious pain were it not for the bottle of Vicodin that's going to be my best friend for the next 48 hours or so.

Bottom line: I probably won't be of much use for the rest of the day.

Sorry, kids.

*Any comments left by women which attempt to either confirm or strongly refute (rowr!) this statement won't be published. Probably not.


Jacki Schechner said...

Hope you feel better soon! xo

Alanna said...

Ebert-face! Feel better :)

Chris said...

Get well soon!

Anonymous said...


Been following your writings and rantings for a time, don't normally agree with the majority of what you write, but I do enjoy your perspective and it lets me know what the "other side" is thinking and feeling and the reasoning for that.

After reading through your back story through some of your postings, I couldn't help but be curious how a recovering addict deals with the prescription of drugs after surgery such as yours?

And no, I'm not trolling, just genuinely curious. But, if you consider this over the line and feel that a decent sized helping of "eat shit and bark at the moon" is in order, than by all means fire away.


Chez said...

First off, thanks for reading, Mark -- and appreciate the kind words.

I honestly don't worry about it. Sorry, but I'm not gonna sit around in serious pain just because I was dumb enough to do drugs ten years ago. I'll take my chances. Arrogant and ill-advised? Some would probably say that -- but I made a decision a long time ago that although I was going to be smart about my recovery, it's not like I was going to allow the fear of relapse to rule my life. I know this flies in the face of the standard 12-step religion, but not everyone can approach recovery the same way.

Kevin Davis said...

Here's something to make you feel better. You're welcome.

Chez said...

I hate you.

Liz in Austin said...

I hate you too, Kevin.

Le Penseur said...

"I know this flies in the face of the standard 12-step religion, but not everyone can approach recovery the same way."

Heresy! There is no Addiction Recovery Model but the Twelve-Step Addiction Recovery Model, and Bill W. is its prophet.

BenoƮt from Ottawa said...

I hope you're keeping an ice cubed compress (like a washcloth) on it.

It seems doing this in the many first hours helps to minimize swelling in the medium term (for instance if wisdom teeth were extracted).

Best wishes

Kristen said...

Ugh. Hope you feel better. I had a root canal a few weeks ago, and one of my friends sent me this classic Bill Cosby video:

Jester said...

Feel better soon, Chez.

P.S. My word verification word is "Cates". She always made me feel better. And we know Linda Barrett's position on oral. -J

blackbird said...

Ouch. Dental work is hell.

Shannon from Saskatoon said...

As a veteran of the dental wars I have had dental pain longer and more intense than hours of back labour in childbirth.

Anyway, I have come to rely on 1000 mg. of ibuprofen; it works better than codeine and no side effects.

Worth a try. Canadian rye whiskey is also pretty good.

been there said...

To the poster who inquired concerned about relapse, it's important to understand that when pain medications are used for actual pain, there is not really the same high achieved as when they are used recreationally. So, it is definitely appropriate, and certainly medically necessary, to use them in the case of surgery, injury, illness, etc. However, some patients choose to do without due to concern for relapse, ignorance about how these medications work in the presence of actual pain (they attach to pain receptors- no pain, no receptor action, basically), and the false belief that once an addict you can never use anything safely, even under medical supervision.

It is unfortunate that there is so much stigma and ignorance surrounding addiction, recovery, and the mechanisms surrounding both- Were it not for people like Chez who are willing to open up and honestly share their experiences, we would certainly understand less.

I have read Dead Star Twilight and found it fascinating, not to mention very useful as a healthcare professional. Thank you, Chez, for a fascinating site, a fabulous book, and for opening your life and sharing your experiences!!! Get well soon!

Kevin Davis said...

:) I couldn't resist. And hey Liz, you live in my favorite city.

Hot toddies is my suggestion.

CNNfan said...

Doesn't the label on the prescription bottle say it is safe, if taken as directed by a physician? No worries.

Everybody loves you, Chez. So, this is a rare opportunity for us read Chez on some good drugs. Come on, Chez, let's see you unleash your inner writing talent, while feeling no pain!

I mean come on, Save us! Did you read on Jacki's blog that she has quit drunk dialing? Come on Jacki, please! Just one more drunk text message before quitting?

Oh and Kevin... I love you.

CNNfan said...

Off Topic:

Hey Chez, here's some good news for you.

Kate Gosselin seriously wants her dance partner on Dancing With the Stars to quit.

Here's your big break, Chez, to take his place!

Alanna said...

I love you Kevin.