Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. ~James 5:16
I have my long-planned gum surgery this past Monday. It is not the procedure that concerns me, but the fear that I will be plagued by pain for days after. That's precisely why I ask you at the time, my friends, for prayers and for understanding why I opt to take a brief blogging break.
Before the appointment, I follow the dental surgeon's instructions: Start your antibiotics the day before; eat a hearty meal as close to the time of surgery as possible, and take the prescribed pain reliever. Check, check, check! My husband, Danny, drives me to the office and drops me off as the surgery is estimated to last about two hours. I'm a bit nervous, but once the nitrous oxide does its thing, I can begin to relax.
Believe it or not, the time flies by as the periodontist and her assistant get right to work. Of course, I feel nothing because of the Novocain, but I still can't stop thinking about how my jaw will feel once that dosage wears off.
I'm anticipating the worst . . .
But the worst never materializes.
Instead of searing pain, there is only a residual soreness, not enough to warrant any further medication to alleviate it. I'm over-the-moon ecstatic!
And I can't stop thanking and praising God. He has answered my prayers and the prayers of so many of you out there in Blogland. After all the dire warnings regarding this surgery's aftermath, this is, indeed, a miracle.
Are there any other issues that could bug me for the 10 days until my routine follow-up? Sure! No hot beverages (thank you, Lord, for iced coffee!), only soft foods (think cottage cheese and smoothies), and no chewing or brushing on the stitched side of my mouth. But these are minor inconveniences that pale in light of the fear of pain I dread for so many weeks.
That is one thorn God has most graciously removed.
And I am blessed beyond measure.