I am writing this propped up on pillows and absentmindedly watching Oprah. This is day 3 of my vacation and so far I have not managed to do anything productive since we came home from South Carolina.
Sunday: After Chris returned from dropping off the kids, he took a look at the leaking toilet and at first said it would be okay to fix when we got back because it was just a teeny tiny drip. But he touched it and when I went to get my bag, there was water all over the floor. So we turned off the water and went to Lowes to get a replacement part and we went to Mi Casita for supper since it was getting so late already and it would be the last good supper meal I would be able to eat for awhile. Came home, fixed the toilet and got on the road. By 8:30 we were in South Carolina and checked into the hotel. The Fairfield Inn in Florence is a nice place. It was easy to find, the rooms were clean and it was convenient to everything. We put our bags in the room and then decided to go locate the dental clinic so we wouldn't be lost in the morning. It was surprisingly easy to find once we got used to the fact that there were practically no road signs. We went to Wal Mart for a couple of things and returned to the hotel.
Monday: We got up at 4am. Went to Waffle House for breakfast. Got to the dental clinic at 5:10am and there was already a line. They opened the doors at 5:45am because it was so cold and I stood in line for 15 minutes waiting to check in. The check in procedure went rather smoothly. Then I was told to go to another area of the building where I sat for a few minutes. They called me back, did x-rays and the impressions of mouth and then put me in a room where the dentist came in and looked at xrays. He asked me if I had eaten already because he was going to try to convince me to go upstairs and be sedated for the procedure. He sent me to the admin office to pay and then they called me back in and they proceeded to pull 28 of my teeth, 2 of them were surgical removals. I was done by 9:30 and they told us to come back at 1pm. I got my 2 prescriptions filled in their pharmacy which took all of 5 minutes. And then we left and went driving. My face was massively swollen and all I wanted to do was take a nap. We were going to go to the beach during our wait but the signs announcing "the beach is this way" are misleading and after awhile we had to turn around so we could be back by 1pm. I sat in the waiting room until about 2:15 when they called me back and fitted me with my appliances. I have to have the bottom one fixed when I go back in three months because I was unable to bite and they couldn't align it properly. We left and came home and Dad brought the kids home to us. I immediately went to bed and went to sleep.
Today. I removed them for the first time and cleaned them. I am still really swollen but it's slowly going down. I am pleased with the way my mouth looks. Right now, I'm exhausted so I'm going to go back to sleep for awhile.
Edit: Whenever the school calls, it's never anything good. Nicholas and I spent 7 hours in the emergency room tonight for a psych consult because a teacher found a fragment of a poem he wrote and threw away and she gave it to the guidance counselor who in turn demanded a psychiatrist see him. After 7 hours, I got fed up and they were talking about him having to stay overnight not because there was anything wrong with him but because they only have one psychiatrist and he covers the entire freaking hospital. Nick was number 5 in line to be seen. So I told them I would bring him back tomorrow because for crying out loud, I was in pain and we had done nothing but look at each other for 7 hours. The psych nurse had come in and talked at length with Nick and the ER on call doctor had come in and looked in his eyes and gave him a drug test (which pisses me off) but other than that, nothing. So they discharged him. I have the paper to take with me to school tomorrow because he can't go back without a parent until he's seen by the psychiatrist and they have exams this week. So I guess in the morning I will be sitting in the school while he takes his exam. It never ends.