The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 19 July 2006

Pain and misery :(

Today I took the day off to go to the doctor and dentist. Went to doctor to get the results of my endoscopy which was done a couple of weeks ago and the doctor confirmed that a nasty bacteria called H Pylori lives in my guts. This bacteria is a known cause of stomach ulcers and other what-nots, but is easily treatable especially since I don't have ulcers. So the good news is that it certainly explains my stomach problems and I don't have to do further tests. Bad news is that I have to take antibiotics, which is a cocktail of pills. I think one acts to reduce the stomach lining to get to the bug, another one to eradicate the bacteria, and yet another one to reduce the stomach acid. Four pills, twice a day for 7 days. Yay. Unfortunately I get nausea which is a side-effect of the medication. Double yay. I can't remember the last time I took anti-biotics - would have been more than 6 years ago when I was still in high school.

Went to dentist to check on my wisdom tooth. Haven't been to the dentist for a few years. Good news is that the wisdom teeth on both sides bottom are coming up nice and straight and extractions are not necessary. The dentist even said I had nice teeth. But, he said that the gum on one side is covering the tooth which is the cause of my sore toothache because food gets trapped inside etc etc. Bad news: the dentist took out his surgical equipment and said he can cut off a bit of my gum to give room for the tooth to grow, and proceeded to do so. Yeah, it was painful (injections into an already sore gum is very painful!!) - and the pain after the local anaesthetic wore off is awful. It didn't help seeing blood either.

So it has been a double wammy day for me. Especially considering I have not taken medication for a long time (I avoid taking even painkillers if I can help it and I don't take any supplements or vitamins - big believer in doing things the natural way) and then having to deal with taking four pills twice a day and the nausea that comes with it. Plus I haven't been to a dentist for a dental procedure since primary school, and then having to deal with a sore and bleeding gum after my first visit to the dentist in a long time. I am feeling pretty miserable. And yes, I need sympathy.

This better be worth it.


  1. Ouch!
    Honey: owie...lucky you...all 4 of my wisdom teeth are growing haywire...:( bottom ones growing forward and pushing my teeth ones are growing out into my cheeks...wahahahaha. yep and foot gets suck in between the teeth.
    wonder how you caught the bacteria?

  2. oops
    I mean food...not *foot

  3. Re: oops
    Who knows how I caught the bacteria?